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All the Winners from the Independent Handbag Designer Awards

Last night, the 7th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards, founded Handbag Designer 101’s Emily Blumenthal, took place in New York. The international competition, originally founded to discover and spotlight independent designers, awarded six winners (from over 1,000 submissions) in categories including “Best in Overall Style and Design,” “Audience Fan Favorite,” “The Best Student Made Handbag,” “The Best Handmade Bag,” “The Best Green Bag,” and “The Most Socially Responsible Bag.” The bags will make their glossy debut in the September issue of InStyle magazine and each category winner received perks, like selling their bag with Timberland, embarking on an apprenticeship with Charming Charlie, and collaborating with Rafé Totengco. Click through the slideshow for a first look at the winners, and spot the bag you’d like to embellish your arm with this summer.

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Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design

Maria Lamanna, Maria Lamanna Handbags

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The Charming Charlie Best Student Made Bag

Carmen Ortiz, LINOZA

Photo: KEVIN SWEENEY/Courtesy of Independent Handbag Designer Awards

The Timberland Best Green Handbag

Rachel Santos, Dante Robles Design

Photo: KEVIN SWEENEY/Courtesy of Independent Handbag Designer Awards

Most Socially Responsible Handbag

Maria Teresta Aristeguieta, MTAbags

Photo: KEVIN SWEENEY/Courtesy of Independent Handbag Designer Awards

The Brother™ Best Handmade Handbag

Mary Lai, MARYLAI New York

Photo: KEVIN SWEENEY/Courtesy of Independent Handbag Designer Awards

The InStyle.com Audience Fan Favorite

Franziska Clamer, einmalig

The Independent Handbag Designer Awards Winners