OPEN CALL: The Independent Handbag Designer Awards — now in their sixth year and currently open for submissions — will honor Kenneth Cole, recipient of this year’s “Iconoclast” award. The application process will continue until April 28, culminating with the awards ceremony slated for June 13 at the Time & Life Building in New York City. Winners in each of the seven categories (Best Handbag in Overall Style & Design, Best Student Made Handbag, Best Handmade Handbag, Best Green Handbag, Most Socially Responsible Handbag and Audience Fan Favorite Handbag) will be featured in the September issue of InStyle Magazine. “Last year’s IHDA’s exceeded our expectations with over 1200 applicants and 353,000 votes on for the Audience Fan Favorite,” said Emily Blumenthal, the award’s founder. Those interested in applying can do so at

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