The IHDA finalists featured in the window of Henri Bendel.
Designers can go a lifetime without this kind of honor so we were excited to have our designers highlighted as well has a special few were lucky enough to have a trunk show as well.
Laura Nelli of Nelle Handbags, Best Handmade Handbag Nominee
Lui Antinous, Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design Winner
Clara Yoo of C L A R A Y O O, Winner of Best Student Made Handbag
Julie Lazarus of Elezar, Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design Nominee
Dawn Kelly, Best Handmade Handbag Nominee
Darren Wallace, Winner of Best Handmade Handbag
Jonathan Marcoschamer of Ecoist, Winner of Best Green Handbag
Diego Rocha, Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design Nominee
The New York Historical Society
Over 400 people in attendance to celebrate Handbag Design
And more Bags in attendance
Daytime celebrities from All My Children came to share the Handbag festivities as well
Nyasha Manyonda,  for Afrobag, Most Socially Responsible Nominee
Our star reporter, Jaime Lynn Guli
Most Socially Responsible Nominees Caroline  Swarbrick and Marie De Ryck of qY: Hatti Trading with Lui Antinous, Winner of Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design
Most Socially Responsible Handbag Nominee, Cristiane Valdez of La Chica Chic
Lina Mitoki, Best Student Made Handbag Nominee
Lissa Kooijman of  Hydralis, Nominee for Best Student Made Handbag (who flew in from the Netherlands)
Jamilla Hubbard of Mad Imports, Nominee for Most Socially Responsible Handbag
Millie Clark of WWDMAGIC
Yuli Ziv of Mythings.com
Sponsor, Rosenthal and Rosenthal
Nazly Villamizar, Nominee for Best Green Handbag
Judge, Rebecca Weinberg
Rosemary Ponzo
Sponsor, Rosen and Chadick
Judith Leiber
The Leiber 45th Anniversary Retrospective
The IHDA Ceremony began with a full house to celebrate independent handbag design.
The excitement was palpable.
Founder of the IHDA, Emily Blumenthal
Best Student Made Handbag Nominees
Presenter, Scott Schramm, SVP DMM of Fashion and Accessories of Henri Bendel
Winner  Clara Yoo, Best Student Made Handbag
Best Handmade Handbag Nominees
Presenter, Debbie Stoller, Founder of the  Stitch and Bitch Series and Bust Magazine
Winner Darren Wallace, Best Handmade Handbag
Darren Wallace
Most Socially Responsible Handbag Nominees
Presenter, Kendall Farrell, Executive Director of Bottomless Closet
Winner, Bridget Reid for PFYH Alpaca of Most Socially Responsible Handbag
PFYH Alpaca
Best Green Handbag Nominees
Presenter, Bill Bossak of 360 Vodka
Winner, Jonathan Marcoschamer of Ecoist of Best Green Handbag
Presenter, Jaime Lynn Guli of Handbag Designer 101
Presenter, Jodi Watson, Chief Marketing Officer of Bag Borrow or Steal
With almost 5000 votes on bagborroworsteal.com, Suzanna Scarola of Bellabags wins the title of Audience Fan Favorite Handbag
Winner of Audience Fan Favorite, Suzanna Scarola of Bellabags
Presenter, Milton Pedraza, CEO of the Luxury Institute
Our privileged honor to have Mrs. Judith Leiber in attentance for the ICONOCLAST Award for 45 years in Handbag Design
The 2008 ICONOCLAST Award Recipient in Handbag Design: Judith Leiber
Nominees for the Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design
Presenters Jana Hanci and Joanna Scarrott of Launchbags
Winner, Lui Antinous for Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design
Lui Antintous
Darren Wallace, Bridget Reid, Jonathan Marcoschamer, Emily Blumenthal, Clara Yoo, Lui Antinous and Suzanna Scarola
We hope to see you next year of the 2009 Independent Handbag Designer Awards