The winners of the 2011 Independent Handbag Designer Awards have been announced! Last night, InStyle and Handbag Designer 101 hosted the fifth annual ceremony in New York, and designers from all over the world accepted awards in nine different categories. One of the most exciting announcements: The Audience Fan Favorite Award because it was voted on by you, InStyle.com readers! And after more than 334,500 votes, the winner is… Neide Ambrosio Martins de Souza! The bag featured over 1,000 recycled pop tabs, and the 69-year-old designer flew in from Brazil for the event. “I’m truly happy,” she said when accepting her award. “I feel like I just won an Oscar!” (Her bag also won the Most Socially Responsible award.) Click “See the Photos” for all the winners!
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