Receiving Award from Carlos Falchi

(New York, NY) June 13, 2012 – ita designers Bita and Rouzita Vahhabaghai win for Best Handbag in Overall Style & Design, announced at The Sixth Annual Independent Handbag Design Awards hosted by InStyle Magazine & Handbag Designer 101 at the Time & Life Building. Their design was one of over 1,000 submissions from around the world judged by some of the fashion industry’s renowned experts including Kenneth Cole, Carlos Falchi, Deborah Lloyd of Kate Spade, Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti of Vivre & Project Accessory and Peter Dooney as well as representatives from InStyle Magazine, Saks Fifth Avenue and the Council of Fashion Designers of America, among others.

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VIDEO CLIP: Carlos Falchi Presents Bita and Rouzita with the Award for Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design

Ariel Foxman Opens the Evening

Emily Blumenthal Interviews Kenneth Cole, Recipient of the 2012 IHDA Iconoclast Award

Emily Blumenthal, powerhouse and creator of the IHDA/Handbag Designer 101, and Ariel Foxman, Managing Editor of InStyle opened and hosted the evening. Hal Rubenstein, Fashion Director of InStyle, presented Kenneth Cole with the 2012 Iconoclast Award followed by Carlos Falchi who presented Bita and Rouzita with the Award for Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design. Their prize includes creating a capsule collection for Saks Fifth Avenue, a limited edition handbag design collaboration with Kenneth Cole, a feature in the September issue of InStyle Magazine, a trip to Bogota, Colombia and a booth in WWD Magic in Vegas.

Kenneth Cole and Hal Rubenstein