HBD101 is proud to host the largest database of independent handbag designers with over 5,000 worldwide.
The IHDA has become the 1st round draft pick for discovering handbag talent in the U.S. and around the world.
Application submissions have grown over 400% receiving over a combined 9000 applicants since 2007 from across the U.S. and around the world including Brazil, Japan, the UK, Israel, Ireland, Lebanon, Belgium & Colombia (growing of well over 1500 annually).
Hosted by InStyle.com since 2010, the 2015 IHDA's Audience Fan Favorite received over 455,000 votes; the largest result ever on an InStyle.com non-celebrity online poll.
The IHDA is responsible for having designers sold exclusively at eBags.com, Bag, Borrow or Steal, Henri Bendel, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale's and on EVINE Live shopping channel.
Past ICONOCLAST Recipients include Carlos Falchi, Lulu Guinness, Judith Leiber, Deborah Lloyd for kate spade new york, Peter Dooney of Dooney & Bourke, Kenneth Cole, Rafe Totengco for rafï¿½ new york of the Jones Group, Monica Botkier and Rebecca Minkoff - all of whom are on the IHDA Esteemed Judging Panel.
The IHDA has had a 2-page feature in the September issue of InStyle since 2010 and In 2008, the IHDA was featured in Harper's Bazaar.
Over 25 universities worldwide have made it mandatory for their students to apply including SCAD, FIT, Parsons The New School for Design, The London College of Fashion, MASSART, Art Institutes across the United States and SCODA Italy
On the 10th Anniversary of the Handbag Awards, the ICONOCLAST Recipient Award will be named in Carlos Falchi's honor. Falchi was the IHDA's first ICONOCLAST Recipient and the longtime support of the plight of the independent designer.