The votes are in! The winners of the sixth annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards were announced last night during a ceremony hosted by Handbag Designer 101 in New York City. Designers from all over the world accepted awards in nine different categories—including Audience Fan Favorite. And thanks to your 230,000-plus votes on InStyle.com, you picked Jennifer Lang’s lace-inspired design with over 45% of the vote! “It feels great to have all this love from family and friends,” the Costa Rican designer told us. “I’ve received emails from people I’ve never even met. I feel thankful to them and all the audiences that voted for me and supported me through this long process.” Congratulations! Click through the gallery to see the rest of the 2012 IHDA winners, and visit hbd101.com to learn about the prizes.
— Grace Lee