Celebrating Creativity and Sustainability: The Independent Handbag Designer Awards

January 08, 2015

In 2007, the world's first and only competition for handbag designers, the Independent Handbag Designer Awards (IHDA), launched. In the eight years since, IHDA has grown immensely, to the point where it now receives around 1,500 applications per year. What hasn't changed is that the IHDA offers designers from around the globe with varied levels of experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to present their work in front of a panel of some of the most renowned designers, buyers and influencers in the industry. 

IHDA is a unique platform that effectively puts talented new designers on the map in a big way. So this year, Klean Kanteen decided to support the platform, get involved and do our part to encourage sustainable design efforts. Emily Blumenthal, founder of Handbag Designer 101 and the Independent Handbag Designer Awards sums our collaboration up this way:

"We are always looking for innovative brands to partner for the Handbag Awards. Klean Kanteen is a stand-out brand for their original designs and unique approach to eco-products which made them a perfect fit for our Best Green Handbag category."

The 2015 Independent Handbag Designer Awards created a specific entry category for designers called The Klean Kanteen Best Green Handbag. In order to enter into this category, handbags must meet the following qualifications: 

  • Made from entirely raw materials (100% cotton, hemp, bamboo or cork)
  • Made from recycled materials (fabric, PET bottles, vinyl, etc.)
  • Made from sustainable fibers (corn based, cotton, linen, ramie, seaweed, silk, soy, etc.)
  • Made with recycled or reused material components (e.g. metal zippers, buttons or clasps)
  • Handbag should be completely recyclable at the end of its life
  • Any dyed fabric should be done with non-toxic dye that doesn't use fixing agents

The winner of the Klean Kanteen Best Green Handbag will have the opportunity to work with Klean Kanteen, receive a year-long membership to the Accessories Council and will be part of the IHDA feature in the September issue of InStyle Magazine! 

Think you've got what it takes or know a designer who does? Apply today

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Snowboarding, Style and Sustainability: Community Cup, the Documentary

December 22, 2014

This year, a dynamic event broke ground in the world of professional snowboarding. Community Cup became the first snowboarding competition to alter its entire infrastructure to cater more mindfully to its riders -- and to care for the planet every step of the way. The documentary film about the event allows us to listen to 16 Olympians about the art of snowboarding and competing, while giving us a unique perspective on why snowboarding events (both big and small) are due for some serious change. 

“The reason why I chose to participate and co-create this event is because I think it’s important for women’s snowboarding to have a competition where the course is specially designed for them, and the intention is all on the women. I believe we will see the most progression and style out of that,” says Co-Founder and  four time Norwegian Olympian Kjersti Buaas. “If you want a good contest and you want the riders to do well, the riders are gonna do well if they are riding a course that they like and have input on. The competition format was a true representation of how you were snowboarding that day. That’s laid the foundation for a good competition,” states 2014 Community Cup Winner, Christy Prior. “To see that you can work with weather and have an actual say -- that was the best. I just love snowboarding, I don’t care what I do with snowboarding; I am a freestyle snowboarder, you can put any obstacle in front of me and I will try to make the best out of it,” former World Champion and two time Dutch Olympian, Cheryl Maas. “It was such a rider friendly event. No stress and so much progression,” USA Olympian Ty Walker.

“This is not just about snowboarding. This is about Community. This is about caring about the world and where we are evolving. Not doing one thing while polluting another. We don’t want to just take, we want to give in that process,” says Community Cup Founder and professional snowboarder Chanelle Sladics.

Take a look at the Community Cup trailer above. The film is now available for purchase on iTunes for $5.99, and would make the perfect gift for the snowboarder in your life. Check it out!




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