The Danielle Nicole Best Student Made Handbag

Students who have successfully started their handbag lines while still in school


  • Students must have started their lines or created their handbags while still in school
  • Currently attending high school, college or university on any level
  • Bags must be original and not from past or current employer, internship, or apprenticeship
  • Major in design is optional


Winner will also receive an opportunity to work with IHDA Alum, Danielle DiFerdinando, Founder and Creative Director of Danielle Nicole, as a design apprentice on the Danielle Nicole NY design team.



Founder and Creative Director Danielle DiFerdinando began her journey in the fashion industry at the age of 18. While attending the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, her passion led her to study abroad in Europe where she apprenticed with several major high-end design houses. Upon returning, Danielle put her new insider's view of the design and manufacturing process to work by designing, constructing and wearing her own handbags.

It was during her internship at Bergdorf Goodman that her talent was first noticed. The cosmetic buyer was impressed by Danielle's work and asked her to create a line of cosmetic bags for the store. Before long, Danielle was designing complete leather collections for Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale's and Lane Crawford. Danielle's incredible journey continues: In 2015 she was named one of Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30 and launched Danielle Nicole Jewelry selling out in its first collection and featured in the likes of O, The Oprah Magazine and Redbook.

Never taking her success for granted, Danielle is committed to giving back. She serves as a member on the Board of Associates for Ronald McDonald House New York and the NRF Foundation Board of Directors.