The 2020 Handbag Awards Sponsors

The Past and Present IHDA Sponsors


  • InStyle
  • Harper's Bazaar
  • Accessories Magazine
  • BELLA Magazine


  • Bloomingdale's
  • Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Henri Bendel
  • Bag, Borrow or Steal
  • EVINE Live
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Macy's


  • Timberland
  • Amorim Cork Composites
  • Korres Natural Products
  • Klean Kanteen
  • Basic Adhesives
  • Pinatex ANANAS ANAM


  • charming charlie
  • Carlos Falchi
  • Devi Kroell
  • Optitex
  • Trina Turk
  • LUG
  • AHQ
  • Global Brands Group
  • Harrian


  • Brother International Corporation
  • The Singer Sewing Company
  • The Simplicity Creative Group
  • Coats and Clark
  • Taunton Press:

Socially Responsible

  • John Paul Selects
  • Professional Sebastian/Procter & Gamble
  • by eBay
  • FEED
  • Trickle Up
  • Conscious Magazine
  • Global Goods Parters

Categories Created

  • Swarovski Crystallized Elements
  • Artisan House
  • Isabella Fiore
  • Kipling
  • mark. by Avon
  • MOO
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • Trina Turk
  • Pantone
  • FujiFilm
  • Nasty Gal
  • Aimee Kestenberg
  • FUJIFILM Instax
  • TAJA Coconut Water
  • Nine West


  • The Luxury Institute
  • American Express OPEN
  • WIX

Fashion Industry

  • The Accessory Think Tank
  • M&J Trimming
  • Pantone
  • Baikal Handbag Manufacturing
  • Rosen & Chadick Fabrics
  • Global Leather
  • Made in NYC
  • The Garment Center Development Corporation
  • Garment Center Alliance
  • RiRi Zippers
  • Wathne Limited
  • Verve
  • The NPD Group
  • AHQ
  • Basic Adhesives
  • ENK
  • Accessorie Circuit
  • Accessories Council
  • The Fashion Class
  • The Tassen Museum of Bags and Purses
  • McCall's Patterns
  • CSS Industries
  • Accessories The Show
  • Leather, Suede, Skins
  • Ohio Travel Bag Company

Beverage, Wine & Spirits

  • Ecco Domani
  • Casa de Vinos
  • Patron
  • Figenza
  • 360 Eco Luxury Vodka
  • vitaminwater
  • POM Wonderful
  • Gran Centenario Rossangel Tequila
  • Zonin Prosecco
  • AriZona Vaperwater
  • SkinnyGirl Sparklers
  • Boxed Water
  • Verdi Spumante
  • Arias Wine


  • HYATT 48 Hotels
  • The Paramount Hotel New York
  • The Lexington New York City
  • The Affinia Manhattan NYC
  • Hotel 50 Bowery


  • Bottomless Closet
  • Comfort Cases


  • Rosenthal & Rosenthal
  • Wells Fargo Century
  • SHM & Co: Corporate Navigators
  • Hilldun


  • Foot Petals
  • Sam Edelman

Iconoclast Recipients

  • Carlos Falchi
  • Lulu Guinness
  • Judith Leiber
  • Kenneth Cole
  • Peter Dooney of Dooney & Bourke
  • Deborah Lloyd of Kate Spade New York
  • Rafe Totengco of Rafe New York and The Jones Group
  • Monica Botkier
  • Rebecca Minkoff
  • HOBO
  • Patricia Nash

The IHDA Presenters

Abe Chehebar, CEO, AHQ-Accessory Headquarters, LLC
Aimee Kestenberg Elan, Co-Founder & Creative Director, Aimee Kestenberg and 2010 & 2012, IHDA Winner
Ali Pew, Senior Style Edtior, InStyle
Ami Richter, Founder and Creative Director, Lug USA & Canada
Amy Gutierrez, Director of Marketing, BERNINA of America
Angela Matusik, Digital Director,
Ann Caruso, Celebrity Stylist
Ann Watson, VP of Marketing and Communications, Club Monaco
Anthony Ryan Auld, Winner, Project Runway All Stars 2 and Creative Consultant, Brother International Corporation
Ariel Foxman, Editor in Chief, InStyle
Asaf Landau, CEO, Optitex
Becky Hanson, Head of Education, SINGER Sewing Company
Bob Goodwyn SVP of Sales & Marketing, Dooney & Bourke
Brooke Jaffe, Fashion Director, Bloomingdale's
Carlos Falchi, Founder of Carlos Falchi
Carol Cho, Marketing & Partnership Director, &
Carole Protat, Creative Director of Sebastian Professional/P&G
Cindy Weber-Cleary, Fashion Director, InStyle
Claudia Poccia, Former Global President of Avon/mark., now President & CEO, Gurwitch Products
David Miller, Vice President - Merchandising, EVINE Live
Debbie Stoller, Author of the Stitch N Bitch Series and Founder of Bust Magazine
Deborah Lloyd, Co-President & Creative Director, kate spade new york, 2010 IHDA ICONOCLAST Recipient
Devi Kroell, Former CEO & CCO for Devi Kroell
Erica Russo, OVP/Fashion Accessories Director, Bloomingdale's
Evie Evangelou, President & Founder, Fashion 4 Development
Gayle Schliemann, Marketing Manager, BERNINA of America
Irenka Jakubiak, Former Editor in Chief of Accessories Magazine, now Founder of I on Accessories
Jackie Lalime, Senior Director of Licensing & Accessories, Timberland
Jason Rimokh, President, Signal Brands
Jodi Watson, Vice President at Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
Julee Wilson, Digital Fashion and Beauty Director, Essence Magazine
Juliet and Katie Falchi
Kahlana Barfield, Editor At Large, InStyle
Karen Giberson, President, Accessories Council
Karen Giberson, President, The Accessories Council
Katie Boertman, Trade Marketing Manager, SINGER Sewing Company
Ken Downing, SVP, Fashion Director, Neiman Marcus
Kenneth Cole, Chairman & Chief Creative Officer, Kenneth Cole Productions, 2012 IHDA ICONOCLAST Recipient
Kim Reiher, Sales Manager of Amorim Cork Composites
Lauren Bush Lauren, Founder & CEO, FEED Projects
Lauren Parker, Editor in Chief, Accessories Magazine
Leah Karp, Accessories Director, InStyle
Libby Edelman, Owner of Libby Edelman
Lincoln Moore, SVP & DMM of Fashion & Accessories, Saks Fifth Avenue
Lindsay Raivich, Director of Media Relations, vitaminwater
Lisa Dewitt, Director of Lifestyle Marketing, vitaminwater
Lisa Smilor, Deputy Director of Programs & Operations of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)
Lisa Vaughan Gralnek, Head of Creative and Marketing, MOO
Lulu Guinness , Founder of Lulu Guinness
Mary Gleason, Group President of Judith Leiber & Schottenstein Luxury Group
Meggan Crum, Accessories Director of InStyle, former CEO & Co-founder at TheRunthrough
Michael Alexander, Executive Vice President & Head of Global Marketing, Signal Brands
Michele Muska, Marketing Communications Manger of The Simplicity Creative Group
Milton Pedraza, Founder of The Luxury Institute
Monica Botkier, Founder & Creative Director, BOTKIER, 2014 IHDA ICONOCLAST Recipient
Monica Zwirner and Lucy Wallace Eustice, Founders of MZ WALLACE
Myrna Block, President of Basic Adhesives
Nick Riviezzo, of Fujifilm North America Corporation
Nora Abousteit, Founder of BurdaStyle
Paolo Fidanza, Co-Founder & CEO of JP Selects/Patron
Patti Ongman, EVP & GM , Macy's
Peter Berta, Director, UBM Americas/Accessorie Circuit
Phil Notheis, Director of Product, Klean Kanteen
Rafe Totengco, Creative Director, Handbags, Nine West Group, 2013 IHDA ICONOCLAST Recipient
Rebecca Minkoff, Creative Director, Rebecca Minkoff, 2015 IHDA ICONOCLAST Recipient
Rhonda Zapatka, Vice President, Development and Communications, Trickle Up
Rob Scheer, Founder of Comfort Cases
Roxanne Robinson, Senior Accessories Editor, WWD
Sam Edelman, CEO of Sam Edelman
Sara Naghehdee, CEO of Deux Lux
Scott Schramm, Senior Vice-President of Henri Bendel
Sheryl Adkins-Green, Chief Marketing Officer, Mary Kay
Simon Collins, Dean of Fashion at Parsons The New School for Design
Sir Alan Collins KCVO CMG, Her Majesty's Consul General New York, and Director General Trade & Investment USA
Stephan Toljan, VP of Sales and Marketing, SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS
Stephen Webster, Vice President of Brand & Design at Mary Kay, Inc. - Mary Kay, Inc.
Steve Russo, Founder & CEO, Artisan House
Suchit Majmudar, Vice President Brand Development and Strategy, charming charlie
Suesan Faulkner, Creative Director, Guess Handbags - Signal Brands
Teresa Kanode Ross, Global Marketing Director of Signal Brands
Tim Gunn, Chief Creative Officer, Liz Claiborne & Mentor of Project Runway
Tina Aldatz, President of Foot Petals
Tina Milner, Vice President of Design & Merchandising of Kipling
Tom Nastos, President and CEO of ENK International for Women's Accessories and Children's Events
Trina Turk, CEO, Trina Turk
Vince Jones, CEO of &
Founded in 2007, the Independent Handbag Designer Awards by Handbag Designer 101 was created to celebrate handbag design and creativity from the United States and around the world. Now in its thirteenth year, it is an industry staple and is the only international design competition to discover, recognize and create brand awareness for independent handbag designers. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities.