Wish your favorite purse was just a little bigger? Have a bag that is perfect in every way, except there's no place in it to put your keys? Handbags.com and Big Buddha Handbags want to hear from you. Running now through April 18, the companies are asking for video submissions for the "Handbag Designer for-a-day" contest -- a competition looking for creative, innovative minds who want to share their ideas to create the perfect bag. The winner will be flown to New York City to work directly with Big Buddha handbags to create their own unique bag. That design will then be manufactured by the company and sold exclusively on Handbags.com.
"You don't have to have any design experience," says Tran Wills, spokesperson for Handbags.com. "Anyone with a vision for their dream bag -- its lining, hardware, its use -- can submit a video."
Wills says the contest is national, but wanted to push for submissions in Colorado because she believes there are a lot of aspiring accessory designers here. On top of seeing their own design come to life, the winner of the contest gets to learn the story behind all of the work that goes into making a good handbag. "One of the hardest things to design is a bag, and there's a lot of craftsmanship that goes into it," says Wills.
Once contestants have uploaded their video submissions, they are encouraged to share them, as viewer voting will determine the top ten videos. Monday, The top ten designs will be announced on April 23 and a winner will be chosen on April 27.
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That person and a guest will be flown to New York City this summer (date to be determined) for a three-day trip and given $500 in spending money. Big Buddha's Jeremy Bassan will be on hand facilitate the winning designer's creation from start to finish. For more information on the contest or to submit a video, visit handbags.com.