Emily Blumenthal

Founder of The Handbag Awards and National Handbag Designer Day at Entrepreneur
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Emily Blumenthal is known as the "Handbag Fairy Godmother" as a designer talent scout, handbag industry and design expert, Author of "Handbag Designer 101," which has sold over 50,000 copies, Founder of The Handbag Awards, National Handbag Designer Day, and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Fashion Marketing, Fashion PR. Her dedication has prompted collaborations between emerging talent and brands like Swarovski, Timberland, Kate Spade, Kenneth Cole, FUJIFILM, Guess, Nine West, and Nasty Gal as well as with retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, QVC, EVINE Live, and Macy’s.

Emily has been featured multiple times in InStyle magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, the Associated Press, CBS’s The Early Show, Today, Fox Business News, the EFE, The New York Times, Family Circle, Forbes.com, and many other media outlets on-air and online. She also has consulted for financial institutions and investment firms about the handbag market, the industry, and how the subtle changes of product, color, and assortment can impact the fashion brand landscape overall.

Emily is also Creator of The Charmsters, is a mom of three, and lives in the Lower East Side.


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