Big News For Árbol de Viento and Kempton & Co.

Great news – two Boticca designers are nominated for this year’s Independent Handbag Designer Awards! The awards are hosted by Handbag Designer 101, and you get to choose the Audience Fan Favorite!

The hand red by Árbol de Viento

The hand red by Árbol de Viento

Árbol de Viento’s “Hand” bag is nominated for the Most Socially Responsible Handbag award. Designers Martha Gómez and Marisa Collado employ a team of indigenous palm weavers in Oaxaca, Mexico, to weave the palm parts of their bags, giving the weavers the opportunity to work in their own communities, rather than abandoning their homeland. If Árbol de Viento wins, the company will receive a marketing feature with Patron Spirits Company and appear in InStyle magazine.

“I think this is a great opportunity to become visible in front of important people in the fashion world,” Marisa says. She and Martha are thrilled to go to New York for the event, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed for them!

Bag by Kempton & Co.

Bag by Kempton & Co.

Boticca’s Kempton & Co. is nominated for Best Green Handbag, for designer Fiona’s brand-new creation, the Wiltshire bag. Her green bag was made using an old flour sack and bag hardware from the Salvation Army. If they win, Kempton & Co. will have the chance to collaborate with Timberland and appear in InStyle magazine. Kempton & Co. is also nominated for Best Kipling-Inspired Handbag for a proposed design, and the company wins, they will have the opportunity to design a limited-edition collection for the company.

Both designers are also in line for the Audience Fan Favorite award, and you can help choose the winner! Go to InStyle.com to vote for your favorite bag. The awards will be presented on June 13th.

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