Belinda Pasqua Wins Handbag Award
Categories: Hikers to Handsewns: Products & Design, Making Our Difference: TBL CSR
Australian-born designer Belinda Pasqua was named the winner of the “Best Green Handbag” design at the 2011 Independent Handbag Designer Awards (IHDA) in New York City last night. For the second consecutive year, Timberland sponsored the “Best Green Handbag” category and helped to select the winning design.
Pasqua’s winning Marlo Tote was honored at the IHDA for its unique design, which merges repurposed premium leathers from scrap and excess tannery leather with traditional handwork and a modern silhouette.
Belinda Pasqua’s winning Marlo Tote handbag
Inspired by the Australian landscape she grew up admiring, Pasqua started The Sway collection of handbags to give women eco-conscious and beautiful design. Like all of Pasqua’s bags, the Marlo Tote features recycled cotton linings with her signature ‘Boomerang’ print inspired by Aboriginal art. Her bags are available for purchase at www.theswaynyc.com, Fred Segal, Kaight NYC, Searle, and International Playground.
Timberland’s Jackie LaLime was on hand to present the award, and shared her thoughts about Belinda and her design:
Belinda’s love of nature and dedication to the environment shines through in her beautifully crafted designs, and aligns perfectly with Timberland’s values. With the Marlo Tote, she has created a bag that combines detailed craftsmanship with sustainability and style, using leather pieces that would otherwise go to waste. The result is a green handbag that allows women to look great and feel great while wearing it. It’s what green design is all about.
Award winner Belinda Pasqua and Timberland’s Jackie LaLime
A selection of Pasqua’s designs will be on display for a limited time at the Timberland® store at 474 Broadway in New York City in the coming weeks. In addition, Pasqua will have the opportunity to collaborate with the Timberland women’s footwear design team on a limited edition Earthkeepers™ handbag and boot collection, slated to come out in 2012.