By Christina Shanahan
Updated Jan 28, 2014 @ 8:15 am
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Think you've got what it takes to become the next big thing? InStyle has once again teamed up with Handbag Designer 101 for the 8th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards! Applications are open now for aspiring designers to win one of seven awards in handbag excellence, including categories like Most Socially Responsible bag, sponsored by FEED, and Best Distinctly Denim bag, sponsored by Guess. A very special Fan Favorite category will be voted on by the readers of, and the Best Overall Style & Design winner will have the opportunity have their design carried by Bloomingdale’s. Get your applications in before April 27th at The winners will be announced during a ceremony in New York City on June 18. Go ahead, put your best bag forward!