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2012

The 6th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards


The Carlos Falchi

Iconoclast recipient

Kenneth Cole

A business that began over 25 years ago out of the back of a 40-foot trailer, Kenneth Cole Productions has risen to the top of American fashion at lightning speed and set the standards for others to meet. With nearly 90 Kenneth Cole domestic retail stores, 65 internationally, and Kenneth Cole has been able to unite his fashion instincts and business acumen with his philanthropic convictions. Although shoes were his background and his initial claim to fame, Kenneth Cole has changed the accessory landscape in creating handbags that are well-made and great looking at an accessible price-point to women worldwide.


Presented By

Latico Leathers

Paul and Lainie Schreiber for Latico Leathers

Fresh out of college in 1985, Paul began selling leather goods out of his car trunk store-to-store in NYC. His casual, down-to-earth ways translated into bags that reflected the same qualities- mellow, leather basics with laid-back comfort and artisan quality. Specialty boutiques in Greenwich Village couldn't keep his merchandise in stock and soon the ever-famous rock group, The Grateful Dead and crew became fans of his naked-leather bags. As this was Latico's first lucky charm, it invited many other musicians to seek out our bags. Paul's fledgling leather company with a rock & roll twist was on its way to grow further in the leather basics industry.

So the story goes, downtown boy meets uptown girl and ... beautiful bags were born. With a New York Fashion background and an eye for crafting modern classics, Lainie launched Latico 's celebrated seasonal women's collection. Attention to details such as patent-pending dual function hardware, saturated colors, unexpected leather treatments, and extensive interior organization have become Latico signature features.

In addition to private label, Latico has also been the exclusive licensee for The Sharper Image, Frye, and Invicta. Latico always remember the grassroots from which we came, supplying heirloom-quality leather goods to boutique specialty shops across the country as they celebrate their 35th anniversary of their truly independent brand.