The Handbag Designer Awards Accepts Submissions for 2014 

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I am excited to join The Independent Handbag Designer Awards as a judge for the third consecutive year. It is an amazing opportunity to be instrumental in helping launch emerging handbag designers’ careers. Plus, it’s always fun—albeit exhausting—selecting the finalists from more than 1,000 design submissions.

The deadline to submit a design—and win highly-coveted collaborations with brands like FEED, Bloomingdale’s, and Timberland—is fast approaching.

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To walk the red carpet at this year’s Independent Handbag Designer Awards, I wanted to find a dress that balances my love for classic and ethical fashion. It made perfect sense to team up with the talented Jill Heller of boutique stylist company, PureThread. Her well-curated and tasteful collection of ethical designer fashion was the solution for my red carpet dilemma!
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I visited her Manhattan studio and had a blast trying on a number of looks—check out all the behind the scenes photos on Instagram,here—but Jill and I have narrowed it down to the top 4 dresses from Edun to Suzanne Rae, pictured below.
PHOTOS: 4 Classic & Ethical Red-Carpet Cocktail Dresses


Now, I want to hear from you! Tweet me @EMMAGRADY and Jill Heller @ThePureThread and let us know which number I should wear (before midnight tonight) on the red carpet at the Independent Handbag Designer Awards #HandbagAwards Wednesday night in NYC.

Wait, there’s more. Tune in to Twitter & Instagram Wednesday night at 7-10pm for all the action at the awards ceremony and to see how I styled the winning look.
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To walk the red carpet at this year’s Independent Handbag Designer Awards, I wanted to find a dress that balances my love for classic and ethical fashion. It made perfect sense to team up with the talented Jill Heller of boutique stylist company, PureThread. Her well-curated and tasteful collection of ethical designer fashion was the solution for my red carpet dilemma!

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Behind the Scenes Styling with Jill Heller: I teamed up with the lovely Jill Heller of boutique stylist company, PureThread, to dress for the Independent Handbag Designer Awards this Wednesday night in NYC—but I need your help choosing a dress.

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Want to know how we chose the finalists for the 2013 Independent Handbag Designer Awards? Step behind the scenes and into our judging session in this fun video by Useful Media!
VIDEO: Emma Judges the Independent Handbag Designer Awards

Want to know how we chose the finalists for the 2013 Independent Handbag Designer Awards? Step behind the scenes and into our judging session in this fun video by Useful Media!

VIDEO: Emma Judges the Independent Handbag Designer Awards

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We judged more than 1,000 bags and are votes are in—now it’s your turn! 
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I had a blast judging the 2013 Independent Handbag Designer Awards this year—don’t miss my behind the scenes Instagrams, here. 
 
I am excited this classic bag made the final cut. Up for Best Socially Responsible Handbag, this pretty accessory made by Bernice Angelique is a classic and timeless piece. 
 
Winners across all categories will be announced at the awards ceremony in New York City but you can vote for the winner of the Audience Fan Favorite now on InStyle.com before May 29th! 
 
And yes, I’ll need your help again choosing which fashion designer to wear on the red carpet, thanks to CrOp by David Peck for the fab dress last year. 


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We judged more than 1,000 bags and are votes are in—now it’s your turn!

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The 6th annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards ceremony took place Wednesday night at the Time & Life building in New York City this week. Even though I was a judge—and viewed more than 1,000 handbag entries from around the world in the judging process—I had no idea who was going to win come awards night. Find out which independent designers across seven categories won over at InStyle.com, including my faves, the classic and timeless handbag by J.Lane and Ita Collection’s bright clutch. I was bummed Jess Ruzzuti didn’t take home the price for her innovative cork creation, which hardly looks like cork by the way.
To walk the red carpet, I wore a dress from one of my favorite designers CrOp by David Peck’s spring 2012 collection, which I coincidentally got an exclusive first look at back during fashion week last year for Discovery’s TreeHugger.com. Read it, here: Quirky Prints, Timeless Silhouettes in Crop by David Peck Spring 2012
I paired David Peck’s gorgeous white silk dress with yellow silk Prada pumps that have a gold heel; a seashell-inspired vintage clutch that I scored from Elba at the Seventh Avenue flea market in Park Slope, Brooklyn; a huge Marc Jacobs bobble ring, and colorful vintage clip-on earrings, a gift from my younger sister.
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Photo: Emma Grady
"Emma’s Style" is made possible in part by CrOp by David Peck.

Copyright © 2012 Past Fashion Future. All rights reserved.

The 6th annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards ceremony took place Wednesday night at the Time & Life building in New York City this week. Even though I was a judge—and viewed more than 1,000 handbag entries from around the world in the judging process—I had no idea who was going to win come awards night. Find out which independent designers across seven categories won over at InStyle.com, including my faves, the classic and timeless handbag by J.Lane and Ita Collection’s bright clutch. I was bummed Jess Ruzzuti didn’t take home the price for her innovative cork creation, which hardly looks like cork by the way.

To walk the red carpet, I wore a dress from one of my favorite designers CrOp by David Peck’s spring 2012 collection, which I coincidentally got an exclusive first look at back during fashion week last year for Discovery’s TreeHugger.com. Read it, here: Quirky Prints, Timeless Silhouettes in Crop by David Peck Spring 2012

I paired David Peck’s gorgeous white silk dress with yellow silk Prada pumps that have a gold heel; a seashell-inspired vintage clutch that I scored from Elba at the Seventh Avenue flea market in Park Slope, Brooklyn; a huge Marc Jacobs bobble ring, and colorful vintage clip-on earrings, a gift from my younger sister.

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"Emma’s Style" is made possible in part by CrOp by David Peck.

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The judging is finished, now it’s on to the fun part: the 6th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards are tomorrow—read all the good and great deets, here—and I have finally chosen a CrOp by David Peck dress to wear to the awards ceremony (thanks to all my Instagram followers for helping me decide).

Here’s a look back at the top dresses from David’s spring and fall 2012 collections! Curious to know which one I picked—and how I styled it? Keep tuned for plenty of pics and live updates tomorrow night on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, where I’ll be sharing all the fun!

Big thanks to CrOp by David Peck and Autumn PR.

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"Emma’s Style" is made possible in part by CrOp by David Peck.

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For the second consecutive year, I am judging the 6th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards. Along with the 2012 IHDA Judging Panel, I selected the top 30 styles from more than 1,000 entries across 7 categories.
This is where you come in: help choose the Audience Fan Favorite over at InStyle: Instyle.com/ihdapoll2012.
Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on June 13th, hosted by Handbag Designer 101, at the Time & Life Building in New York City. Keep tuned: Emma will be on the scene at the VIP cocktail party and ceremony sharing live updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Tickets can be purchased on Handbag Designer 101 or you can try to win a trip to the awards with JP Selects.

For the second consecutive year, I am judging the 6th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards. Along with the 2012 IHDA Judging Panel, I selected the top 30 styles from more than 1,000 entries across 7 categories.

This is where you come in: help choose the Audience Fan Favorite over at InStyle: Instyle.com/ihdapoll2012.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on June 13th, hosted by Handbag Designer 101, at the Time & Life Building in New York City. Keep tuned: Emma will be on the scene at the VIP cocktail party and ceremony sharing live updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Tickets can be purchased on Handbag Designer 101 or you can try to win a trip to the awards with JP Selects.

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If you follow my twitter—or Facebook—it’s not news what I wore to judge the 6th annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards; I had to utilize some major style editing skills to help narrow down more than 1,000+ handbags, from the crazy to the strange submissions, and everything in between. Plus, I got to exercise my on camera skills with a live video, shot by Dan over at Useful Media.
Sure, I got to utilize some major style editing skills to narrow down more than 1,000 handbags, but what really made the event memorable was the amazing group of style experts, editors, writers, and “social media wizards” as Emily Blumenthal  would say, who came out to jury the competition: the every lovely Amy DuFault of EcoSalon, the chicest man in the room and star of our very own "Something Old, Something New," Mr. Colin T. McDonald, a new friend lifestyle correspondent Pamela Pekerman, the talented Budget Fashionista Kathryn Finney, and Lois Sakany & Samia Grand Pierre, Micah Jesse, Dawn Del Russo, Sara Zucker, Ysolt Usigan, Amina Akhtar, Sarah Reynolds, and Georgia Bobley.
Thanks to Red Branch PR who made everything run smooth like butter and the Hyatt 48 Lex for putting us up in a chic location and last, and last but—mos def—not least, thanks to Emily for her passion and drive, and for championing independent designers and giving them a platform to launch their careers with this annual awards, her book, a and FIT workshop.
And finally, here are the deets on my outfit:
I’m wearing silk trousers by Ralph Lauren that I found at Beacon’s Closet, a second-hand shop in Park Slope, Brooklyn; a vintage green jacket from my college years that I found at Recycle North, a vintage shop in Burlington, VT; a black cashmere tank top that I borrowed from a friend, which I still need to return…; black “suede” platform pumps from Payless ($25—for realz); and “new” costume jewelry from a flea market in Brooklyn, statement earrings and a green and diamond pin, both for $10!
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"Emma’s Style" is made possible in part by CrOp by David Peck.


Copyright © 2012 Past Fashion Future. All rights reserved.

If you follow my twitter—or Facebook—it’s not news what I wore to judge the 6th annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards; I had to utilize some major style editing skills to help narrow down more than 1,000+ handbags, from the crazy to the strange submissions, and everything in between. Plus, I got to exercise my on camera skills with a live video, shot by Dan over at Useful Media.

Sure, I got to utilize some major style editing skills to narrow down more than 1,000 handbags, but what really made the event memorable was the amazing group of style experts, editors, writers, and “social media wizards” as Emily Blumenthal would say, who came out to jury the competition: the every lovely Amy DuFault of EcoSalon, the chicest man in the room and star of our very own "Something Old, Something New," Mr. Colin T. McDonald, a new friend lifestyle correspondent Pamela Pekerman, the talented Budget Fashionista Kathryn Finney, and Lois Sakany & Samia Grand Pierre, Micah Jesse, Dawn Del Russo, Sara Zucker, Ysolt Usigan, Amina Akhtar, Sarah Reynolds, and Georgia Bobley.

Thanks to Red Branch PR who made everything run smooth like butter and the Hyatt 48 Lex for putting us up in a chic location and last, and last but—mos def—not least, thanks to Emily for her passion and drive, and for championing independent designers and giving them a platform to launch their careers with this annual awards, her book, a and FIT workshop.

And finally, here are the deets on my outfit:

I’m wearing silk trousers by Ralph Lauren that I found at Beacon’s Closet, a second-hand shop in Park Slope, Brooklyn; a vintage green jacket from my college years that I found at Recycle North, a vintage shop in Burlington, VT; a black cashmere tank top that I borrowed from a friend, which I still need to return…; black “suede” platform pumps from Payless ($25—for realz); and “new” costume jewelry from a flea market in Brooklyn, statement earrings and a green and diamond pin, both for $10!

View more: EMMA’S STYLE

"Emma’s Style" is made possible in part by CrOp by David Peck.

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I am excited to announce that I will be judging the 6th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards (IHDA) again this year. I’ll be joining fellow judges this weekend to view all of the applicants’ designs—last year we saw 1200 bags in one day! Awarded across nine categories, the IHDA gives designers an opportunity to bring their designs—and brand—to the next level.
APPLY NOW: 2012 IHDA (All entries must be received by 11:59pm on April 28th, 2012.)
Last year, The Sway won the IHDA for Best Green Handbag and with it, a collaboration on handbags with Timberland, which will be available this summer. The Sway’s winning bag quickly sold out in Timberland stores and the award helped them triple their growth in under a year. The Sway is now selling to top boutiques around the country, including Fred Segal, Madison, and Kaight.
Photo: IHDA winner Belinda Pasqua from The Sway with Jackie Lalime from Timberland.

I am excited to announce that I will be judging the 6th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards (IHDA) again this year. I’ll be joining fellow judges this weekend to view all of the applicants’ designs—last year we saw 1200 bags in one day! Awarded across nine categories, the IHDA gives designers an opportunity to bring their designs—and brand—to the next level.

APPLY NOW: 2012 IHDA (All entries must be received by 11:59pm on April 28th, 2012.)

Last year, The Sway won the IHDA for Best Green Handbag and with it, a collaboration on handbags with Timberland, which will be available this summer. The Sway’s winning bag quickly sold out in Timberland stores and the award helped them triple their growth in under a year. The Sway is now selling to top boutiques around the country, including Fred Segal, Madison, and Kaight.

Photo: IHDA winner Belinda Pasqua from The Sway with Jackie Lalime from Timberland.

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Wednesday, I attended the 5th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards at InStyle’s headquarters at the Time & Life building in New York City. I’m on the preliminary judging panel for the awards and I arrived early to walk the red carpet and take in the rooftop view of the city at the pre-awards show cocktail party.
As the theme of the event was handbags, I chose my grandmother’s beaded white clutch, which I’ve worn before. As it is a family heirloom it has sentimental value and it’s the perfect summer accessory.I wore a pink silk dress that I got at a major end-of-season sale at a boutique on the Upper East Side, cinched at the waist with a vintage gold belt, and Zara pumps.When I wear a lot of color I go light on the jewelry—simplicity has its own elegance—so I clipped on my favorite yellow and gold vintage earrings and called in a night!

Copyright © 2011 Emma Grady. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, I attended the 5th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards at InStyle’s headquarters at the Time & Life building in New York City. I’m on the preliminary judging panel for the awards and I arrived early to walk the red carpet and take in the rooftop view of the city at the pre-awards show cocktail party.

As the theme of the event was handbags, I chose my grandmother’s beaded white clutch, which I’ve worn before. As it is a family heirloom it has sentimental value and it’s the perfect summer accessory.

I wore a pink silk dress that I got at a major end-of-season sale at a boutique on the Upper East Side, cinched at the waist with a vintage gold belt, and Zara pumps.

When I wear a lot of color I go light on the jewelry—simplicity has its own elegance—so I clipped on my favorite yellow and gold vintage earrings and called in a night!

Copyright © 2011 Emma Grady. All rights reserved.

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As mentioned, I’m on the preliminary judging panel for the fifth annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards and the finalists have just been announced to the public! We looked at 1,000 handbags and narrowed them down to forty.
Here’s my favorite: the “Romeo Minaudiere” by Clara Kasavina in the InStyle Red Carpet Ready Evening Bag category. What can I say? I love glamour and this exudes decadence. Plus, it has a classic and timeless look—now that’s a promising recipe for red carpet style.
You can vote for your favorite too!
Visit InStyle to select the winner of the Audience Fan Favorite Award and keep tuned: the winners will be announced on June 15th, the night of the Fifth Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards at the Time & Life Building in New York City. I’ll be there tweeting <a href=”http://twitter.com/#!/EmmaGrady”>@EMMAGRADY</a>.
Don’t miss: What I Wore to the Handbag Designer Awards Judging Panel 
Photo credit: courtesy Handbag Designer 101

Copyright © 2011 Emma Grady. All rights reserved.

As mentioned, I’m on the preliminary judging panel for the fifth annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards and the finalists have just been announced to the public! We looked at 1,000 handbags and narrowed them down to forty.

Here’s my favorite: the “Romeo Minaudiere” by Clara Kasavina in the InStyle Red Carpet Ready Evening Bag category. What can I say? I love glamour and this exudes decadence. Plus, it has a classic and timeless look—now that’s a promising recipe for red carpet style.

You can vote for your favorite too!

Visit InStyle to select the winner of the Audience Fan Favorite Award and keep tuned: the winners will be announced on June 15th, the night of the Fifth Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards at the Time & Life Building in New York City. I’ll be there tweeting <a href=”http://twitter.com/#!/EmmaGrady”>@EMMAGRADY</a>.

Don’t miss: What I Wore to the Handbag Designer Awards Judging Panel

Photo credit: courtesy Handbag Designer 101

Copyright © 2011 Emma Grady. All rights reserved.

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I&#8217;m on the preliminary judging panel for the fifth annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards and on Sunday we met at the Paramount Hotel in midtown Manhattan to choose the finalists. It took us more than five hours to sift through 1,000 handbag design applicants (yes, you read that right) but it wasn&#8217;t all work, we got manicures courtesy of 3 Girls Beauty and Incoco, too. In fact, you can see their handiwork, here. I&#8217;m wearing Incoco&#8217;s Neon Rocket Red.
We had plenty of laughs at some of the wacky and weird submissions. Of course, there were some stand outs, too, and you&#8217;ll hear about those when Handbag Designer 101 announces the finalists.
As promised, I tweeted throughout the event, @EMMAGRADY, where you may have already seen my outfit.
I wore a playful no-waste skirt in Ikat fabric (you can find it at Bird or International Playground) made by my friend Tara St. James, winner of the 2011 Ecco Domani for her fashion label Study NY.
I paired it with one of my favorite pieces, a pink silk Kenneth Cole jacket that I&#8217;ve had since high school (I&#8217;ll let you guess how long ago that was); it matches my pink Chloé sunglasses, which I got on sale for $80 two years ago at a Marshall&#8217;s in Rhode Island.
I&#8217;m also wearing a sporty navy blue Ferragamo bag that I got for $free.99 from my cousin&#8217;s yard sale; I was drawn to it because it looks old-ladyish.

Copyright © 2011 Emma Grady. All rights reserved.

I’m on the preliminary judging panel for the fifth annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards and on Sunday we met at the Paramount Hotel in midtown Manhattan to choose the finalists. It took us more than five hours to sift through 1,000 handbag design applicants (yes, you read that right) but it wasn’t all work, we got manicures courtesy of 3 Girls Beauty and Incoco, too. In fact, you can see their handiwork, here. I’m wearing Incoco’s Neon Rocket Red.

We had plenty of laughs at some of the wacky and weird submissions. Of course, there were some stand outs, too, and you’ll hear about those when Handbag Designer 101 announces the finalists.

As promised, I tweeted throughout the event, @EMMAGRADY, where you may have already seen my outfit.

I wore a playful no-waste skirt in Ikat fabric (you can find it at Bird or International Playground) made by my friend Tara St. James, winner of the 2011 Ecco Domani for her fashion label Study NY.

I paired it with one of my favorite pieces, a pink silk Kenneth Cole jacket that I’ve had since high school (I’ll let you guess how long ago that was); it matches my pink Chloé sunglasses, which I got on sale for $80 two years ago at a Marshall’s in Rhode Island.

I’m also wearing a sporty navy blue Ferragamo bag that I got for $free.99 from my cousin’s yard sale; I was drawn to it because it looks old-ladyish.

Copyright © 2011 Emma Grady. All rights reserved.

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