With a vision of building a lifestyle brand for the downtown romantic, San Diego-born designer Rebecca Minkoff founded her company in 2001 after she developed a small apparel line. She spent the next few years working on the small collection until 2005 when Rebecca developed the 'Morning After Bag'. The bag became an overnight sensation and Rebecca began solely concentrating on developing additional styles to build out her romantically themed day-to-night handbag collection. After four years of consistent growth in accessories under her belt, Rebecca returned to her original love of apparel design and introduced a ready-to-wear collection in 2009. RebeccaMinkoff's designs are a favorite for modern, trend-setting everyday women and celebrities alike. This is the reason why Rebecca Minkoff is the ICONOCLAST Recipient for the Ninth Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards.
Designer and entrepreneur Patricia Nash moved to Knoxville in 1999 where she began creating handbags for dozens of household brands. She loved Tennessee so much that when the company decided to move to Los Angeles, Patricia left the company to stay in Knoxville. Considering her next career move, Patricia was lured to New York City and commuted there weekly for several years designing for other brands. In 2007, Patricia moved back to Knoxville and launched a company to license and produce handbags for other brands. Soon however, after much inspiration and encouragement, she launched her namesake brand Patricia Nash Designs in 2010 - a line of affordable hand-crafted leather bags inspired by memories of travel, family, and her life. Her collections pay homage to vintage craftsmanship through delicate, hand-finished detailing and a fresh take on timeless styles. Patricia Nash's lifestyle brand has now grown to include Gift Items, Scarves, Luggage, Footwear and Nash for Men, and can be found in major retailers across the US including Macy's, Dillard's, Belk, and HSN. In 2019, the brand will launch Jewelry and Fashion accessories, and can also be found on QVC.