Bags & Leather Goods



Shoes have long occupied pole position in the hierarchy of wardrobe essentials, but today no outfit is complete without the must-have status symbol – the handbag. Put this high-fashion item together with footwear, then complete the look with leather-trimmed jewelry – all embellished with gleaming SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS – and the suggestion of cool confidence and star quality is unmistakable.


IHDA 2011

Independent Handbag Designer Awards 2011

For the third year, Swarovski once again partnered with Handbag Designer 101 to sponsor The Fifth Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards (IHDA). The category ‘Best Use of Swarovski Elements’ aims at inspiring handbag designers to create innovative new designs incorporating crystals as a creative ingredient.

Among all registered designers, five were chosen based on the most creative and innovative use of crystals from Swarovski by the Handbag Designer 101 Preliminary Judging Panel. The selected designers had access to Swarovski crystals to execute their final handbags for the annual awards on June 15, 2011.

In a glamorous ceremony at The Time & Life Building in New York, Lorna Nixon was announced as winner of the category ‘Best Use of Swarovski Elements’. “The bag, entitled Jagged Thistle, is inspired by my Scottish heritage. I aim to create pieces of mobile art with delicate, intricate detail... with a contemporary twist. My designs are anything but ordinary – I like to break the rules and push the creative boundaries,” says Lorna about her winning creation.

A limited edition of the winning handbag by Lorna Nixon will be available soon in the SWAROVSKI CRYSTALLIZED™ boutique in New York at 499 Broadway, NY 10012.


SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS is proud of its long tradition of collaborating with the cream of the international design world and, also, its track record for nurturing exciting new talent. These enduring partnerships are drawn from a wide range of industrial sectors and areas of business; they find expression in groundbreaking creative projects, which we proudly exhibit at the world’s most influential and important trade fairs. The platforms listed below represent a glittering testament to this rich, creative cooperation, and are a tribute to the technical mastery and creative vision of the designers concerned.

Important fairs and events


4-7 March 2012
Milan, Italy