Designers Ready? Handbag Awards Accepting Entries

Attention all talented, emerging designers: the Independent Handbag Designer Awards (IHDA), presented by InStyle and Handbag Designer 101, is now accepting submissions for the 5th annual design competition.

For the second year in a row, Timberland is the sponsor of the IHDA’s “Best Green Handbag” category; the winner will receive the chance to collaborate with us to develop a bag for sale in our stores. At Timberland we’re passionate about design, and we’re passionate about protecting the outdoors… we’d love to work with a great designer on putting the two things together in a beautiful, responsible way!

What does the best green handbag consist of? Sustainable, recycled or organic materials (think organic cotton, hemp, bamboo), non-toxic dyes and design components (zippers, buttons, clasps) made from recycled metal or reused pieces.  The best green bag will be completely recyclable at the end of its life.

The entire list of award categories for the 2011 IHDA awards includes:

Best Green Handbag
Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design
InStyle
Red Carpet Ready Evening Bag
Artisan House Award by Isabella Fiore
Best Use of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS
Best Student Made Handbag Inspired by the colors of vitaminwater
Best Handmade Handbag
Most Socially Responsible Handbag
Audience Fan Favorite

For inspiration, check out the incredible award-winning designs from last year’s competition.  For more details on each award category and to submit your entry, visit IDHA’s website.  The deadline for award submissions is April 30th; winners will be announced on June 15th.

Go get your design on.

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