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AND THE WINNERS ARE...: Judges sifted through more than 1,200 submissions to crown eight lucky winners of the fifth annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards held Thursday at the Time & Life Building in New York.
This year’s winners were: Fabiola Pedrazzini, Best Overall Design and Style; Shivani Suhag, Avocadoe, Artisan House Award by Isabella Fiore; Olivia Yoo Kyung Sohn, Olivia Y. Sohn, Best Handmade Handbag; Belinda Pasqua, The Sway, Best Green Handbag; Neide Ambrosio Martins de Souza, Pretinha Artes Lacre, Most Socially Responsible Handbag and Audience Fan Favorite (over 330,000 votes cast on instyle.com); Lorna Nixon, Best Use of Swarovski Elements; Kaitlyn Doherty, Best Student-Made Handbag Inspired by the Colors of Vitaminwater; Clara Kasavina and Misha Berger, Clara Kasavina, InStyle Red Carpet Ready Evening Bag. Patti Ongman, Macy’s Inc. executive vice president and general manager presented the Iconoclast Award for Lifetime Achievement in Handbag Design to Peter Dooney, co-founder of Dooney & Bourke. Bob Goodwyn, senior vice president of sales, received the award on behalf of Dooney.
Prizes included receiving a booth at WWDMAGIC and the opportunity to develop a capsule collection for Saks Fifth Avenue for Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design, and the chance to create a limited edition collection for Isabella Fiore for the winner of the Artisan House Award.