Finalists Announced for the 10th Annual Handbag Designer Awards

Wouldn’t you love to help select the next must-have handbag and help an emerging designer achieve their dream? Of course, you do! We all want to be in on the next big thing, and we all love that feeling we get when we know we’ve helped someone. This is your chance to make some amazing handbag designers’ dreams come true. 40 finalists have been selected from over 1500 submissions from 5 continents and 28 countries, to compete in the 10th Annual Handbag Designer Awards, to be held June 15th at the School of Visual Arts Theatre in New York. You can now vote to select the Audience Fan Favorite and help an emerging designer achieve his or her goals.  To vote, head over to anytime until June 10th, then attend the award ceremony on June 15th (details are directly below):


The Handbag Designer Awards, created by handbag designer turned curator, Emily Blumenthal, gives emerging designers access to business and brand-bolstering prizes. Some of the wonderful prizes up for grabs this year include a feature in the September issue of InStyle, an on-air sales opportunity with EVINE Live, and partnerships with Guess, Mary Kay Cosmetics, and more. Handbag submissions are judged in 10 categories ranging from best handmade design,  most socially responsible, to best in overall style and design. You can see some of this year’s finalist designs below

IHDA finalists

All winners will receive a yearlong membership to the Accessories Council. To see the full list of submissions and personal videos for each finalist, visit HERE. Some of the esteemed judges for the 10th Annual Handbag Designer Awards include Fashion Designer Trina Turk, Botkier Founder Monica Botkier, InStyle Mag Accessories Director Meggan Crum, Fashion Designer Kenneth Cole, and much more. Check out all of this year’s judges.

Along with giving these independent handbag designers a brighter future, this year’s Handbag Awards will honor celebrated New York designer MZ WALLACE with the 2016 IHDA ICONOCLAST Award, presented by Accessorie Circuit, and will be collecting new and slightly used handbags for donation to Bottomless Closet, a non-profit organization that helps disadvantaged women in NYC get professional jobs.

For complete information or to purchase tickets for the 10th Annual Handbag Designer Awards, visit


NYC Event Alert: Kohl’s Story Booth and Holiday Pop Up w/ Giuliana and Bill Rancic – **CANCELLED**

UPDATE: During this time of heightened awareness, for the safety of our consumers, staff and invited guests, Kohl’s has made the decision to postpone the holiday gifting truck scheduled to be in Times Square on Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21. Thank you for your interest and we will be in touch with updates on events and locations for our holiday gifting truck

If you’re like us, you’re not lucky enough to Kohl’s near you and have to trek out to another borough or town to take advantage of their amazing deals. For a few days, this month, Kohl’s is brought to you.  For two days, Kohl’s welcomes their Story Booth and Holiday Pop Up in the middle of Times Square. Shop some must-have holiday gifts with such celebrities as Giuliana Rancic, Bill Rancic, and their adorable son Duke Rancic, as well as Molly Sims and her children, Brooks and Scarlett.

E! BRAND SHOOT -- Season: 2013 -- Pictured (l-r): Bill Rancic, Giuliana Rancic -- (Photo by: Brian Bowen Smith/E!)

E! BRAND SHOOT — Season: 2013 — Pictured (l-r): Bill Rancic, Giuliana Rancic — (Photo by: Brian Bowen Smith/E!)

Let Bill and Giuliana Rancic (with baby Duke!) welcome you to Kohl’s Story Booth and Holiday Pop Up in Times Square this weekend. As part of their “All Together Now” holiday campaign, Kohl’s invites you and your families to step into their story booth and share your favorite holiday traditions, where the best stories will be turned into short, animated videos, narrated by an entertainer. All guests will be able to shop Kohl’s top holiday offerings as well as win prizes from their gifting truck. What could be better than that!

Grab your family and head over to Times Square’s 46th and 47th Street Plaza on Friday, November 20th, from
10:00 AM – 8:00 PM, and Saturday, November 21st, from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, for a fun-filled day at Kohl’s Story Booth and Holiday Pop Up.


NYC EVENT ALERT: Meet Artist Donald “Drawbertson” Robertson w/ Smashbox at SEPHORA

Cult Favorite Artist Donald “Drawbertson” Robertson partnered with Smashbox at Art Basel and blew everyone away with his lipstick car and the very cool artwork on the Smashbox X Donald Robertson Collection. He’s also been rocking both the art and Instagram world with his incredible, and colorful artwork. Now it’s your chance to meet the famed artist and see him create in person at a #SmashboxLovesSephora Event.

Get to know the Smashbox X Donald Robertson Collection, receive a complimentary makeup application featuring one of four looks exclusive to the event. Watch Robertson create live art, including one-of-a-kind shopping bags, created especially for you*, on Saturday, April 4th, from 11 AM – 6 PM at Sephora Meatpacking, located at 27 9th Ave. All attendees will get to meet Donald in person, from 12 PM – 3 PM. For more details, call Sephora at (212) 510-7941.

*With any Smashbox purchase

NYC EVENT ALERT: KLORANE Hosts Pop-Up Braid Bar at Birchbox SoHo

Now Hair this! Do you love the hot braid trend happening right now? Want to have the experts give you a cool braid style that’s very now? If you do and you’re reading this, add this to your calendar. KLORANE is hosting a fun and festive Pop-Up Braid Bar at the Birchbox Store in SoHo, NYC, this Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 2pm – 6 pm (RSVP details below). Top editorial and celebrity hairstylists, Casey Geren and Adam Maclay will be on hand to transform your tresses with the hottest, must-have braid hairstyles, using your favorite KLORANE products, including their award-winning Dry shampoo with oat milk!

As a special bonus: you will receive a full-size Shampoo with flax fiber (shown above, $15.00 value), a must-have for sexy, voluminous hair, with a purchase of any KLORANE product! Details and RSVP information to this must-attend event (especially if you’re a Birchbox fan and/or subscriber) are below:

Where: Birchbox SoHo, 433 West Broadway, New York, NY
When: Saturday, October 25, 2014, 2-6 pm
RSVP directly:

Hope to see you there.