NEWS – April 2022 | Design-A-Bag Competition 2022

The Design-A-Bag Competition 2022 Final Judging Ceremony successfully took place on 31st March during APLF Dubai 2022. The judging panel selected Amara, designed by Neil Bryan Capistrano from Philippines, as this year’s overall winner. Neil will receive a 5-week bag design course in Milan valued at USD 4,900 with USD 1,000 accommodation allowance at the prestigious Arsutoria School as the final prizes….Read More

NEWS – March 2022 | Design-A-Bag Competition 2022

Three Finalists of the Design-A-Bag Competition 2022 Revealed!….Read More



PRESS RELEASE – NOVEMBER 2021 | Design-A-Bag Competition 2022

Design-A-Bag Competition 2022 returns as a physical event at APLF Dubai. The finalists will be sponsored to attend the Special Edition Fashion Access Dubai Fair in March 2022, the most important global leather and material exhibition. The Overall DAB Winner will be invited to attend four-week bag design course in Milan….Read More

NEWS – OCTOBER 2021 | Design-A-Bag Competition 2021

The Final Judging Event successfully took place on 20 October. The judging panel selected Arcobaleno, designed by Valeria Zingaretti from Italy, as this year’s overall winner. Valeria will receive ….Read More

NEWS – OCTOBER 2021 | Design-A-Bag Competition 2021

We are delighted to announce the 3 finalists for Design-a-Bag Competition 2021 are Arcobaleno, Aerobag and Bag Story 60. They will bring along their prototype to attend #DESIGNABAGHK Virtual Final Juding Event to compete for the overall winner and….Read More

NEWS – JUNE 2021 | Design-A-Bag Competition 2021

Three Finalists of the Design-A-Bag Competition 2021 is Revealed!They will bring along their prototype to attend #DESIGNABAGHK FINAL JUDGING EVENT to compete for the overall winner and the ultimate grand prize sponsored by Arsutoria School, which will be revealed live virtually at the AWARDING CEREMONY during the sampleroom September Digital Week….Read More

INTERVIEW – APRIL 2021 | Design-A-Bag Competition 2021

Younger generations today are the most marketing literate ever and have seen through paternalistic marketing that has grown practised at persuading them to buy new product every season, or even every two weeks, on the basis that it is either out of date or needs to be renewed for the demands of Instagram. This “fast fashion” is starting…Read More

PRESS RELEASE – MAR 2021 | Design-A-Bag Competition 2021

With the time of unprecedented crises, the future is around the corner as we look toward a brighter 2021 with renewed hope and the concept of sustainability. Here is the competition theme of this year…Read More

NEWS – AUGUST 2020 | Design-A-Bag Competition 2020

The annual Design a Bag competition continued this year but was held online. There were three finalists and they were interviewed and questioned via a conference call and the interviews, the short results show and the videos from all three were shown as part of the interview process…Read More

PRESS RELEASE – JULY 2020 | Design-A-Bag Press Release – Winners Announcement 2020

Due to the recent rapid outbreak of COVID-19, in view of the health and safety of our exhibitors and buyers, APLF has made the most difficult decision to postpone the APLF fairs. However, the Design-A-Bag Online Competition has continued in a new format…Read More

PRESS RELEASE – MARCH 2020 | 3 Finalists of The #DESIGNABAGHK 2020 Are Ready To See You!

There are more than 150 design entries from young and talented designers across 32 countries this year. 3 finalists are selected by 8 judges from Australia, Italy, France and Hong Kong according to the entries’ originality, trend awareness, wearability & marketability… Read More

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WINNER STORY – JUNE 2019 | The story behind the winner of DAB 2019

ACROSS is a daily backpack which emphasises the ability of an accessory to transcend from being an everyday fashion item to an adornment that grows close to your heart. The overall winner- Iris Krantsiveer… Read More

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MEDIA COVERAGE –  MAY 2019 | Fashion Magazine, Italy

Design-A-Bag online competition featured in Fashion Magazine… Read More

PRESS RELEASE –  APRIL 2019 | Design-A-Bag Competition Winners Announcement 2019

Design-A-Bag Online Competition is pleased to announce the winners of 2019. The judging panel consists of representatives from Barneys New York, Giordano, Jayne Fashion Consultancy… Read More

PRESS RELEASE – May 2018 | Design-A-Bag Competition Winners Announcement 2018

Design-A-Bag Online Competition is pleased to announce the winners of 2018. The judging panel consists of representatives from Giordano, All Saints, Jayne Fashion Consultancy…. Read More

PRESS RELEASE – December 2017 | Design-A-Bag Competition 2018 (DAB) opens for entries

The only bag event of its kind for designers and student designers is open worldwide for entries from now until 19 Jan 2018 (23:59) HKT. Read more…

PRESS RELEASE – December 2016 | New Judges added to Design-A-Bag Competition

We are delighted to be working with two new judges this year from All Saints ( and Mary + Marie ( along with returning DAB judges. Read more…

PRESS RELEASE – December 2016 | Design-A-Bag Online Competition 2017 opens for entries

The only bag event of its kind for established and student designers from all over the world is open for entries from now until 6 Jan 2017 (23:59) HKT. Read more…

NEWS – July 2016 | The Winning Story of Marc Lin, Taiwan

My name is Marc, a Master’s graduate in Design and Technology of Fine Art, Parsons School of Design. Prior to that, I received my bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. Although I did not get the opportunity to take any fashion courses during my studies , I had always been passionate about leather. Read more…

NEWS – June 2016 | The Winning Story of Taja Bobek, UK

My name is Taja, I am a final year MA fashion accessories student at the Royal College of Art, just about to graduate in July 2016. I am 24 years old and come from Slovenia. I moved to London 6 years ago to study fashion, as there is not much of a fashion industry in my home country. Read more…

NEWS – May 2016 | The Winning Story of Vicky Chu, Hong Kong

My name is Vicky Chu from Hong Kong. I’ve recently started working in the shoe design industry. Fashion design has been a part of my daily life ever since my first encounter during my studies at the University of Nottingham. My design concept revolves around functionality, elegance and simplicity. Read more…

NEWS – April 2016 | The Winning Story of Marieke de Vree, the Netherlands

Living in Castricum (The Netherlands), I am a handbag designer and have my own studio called ‘POOKPOOK’. After completing my training at the Academy of Creative Arts in Maastricht, I began designing and manufacturing sculptures and jewellery, mostly assemblies of materials such as ceramics and leather. Read more…

NEWS – January 2016 | Call for Entries! Submission Deadline: 11 JAN 2016

2016 Design-A-Bag Competition submission deadline is just around the corner! If you haven’t started yet, you still have a chance. View more…

2014 March – Quality is made in Germany

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2014 April – Fashion Access: Louisa Köber et Claire Laurent distinguées

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PRESS CLIPPINGS 2015 May – The Creators of Tomorrow

Here are the winners of the Design-a-Bag Competition 2015 offered by Fashion Access and sponsored by Ars Sutoria School The 2015 edition of the online competition "Design-a-Bag" came to a happy conclusion on 31 March [...]

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2014 April – Post Show Report

Fashion Access Event | Desgin A Bag Competition 2014 Award Presentation | Main Design-A-Bag Competition 2014 Award Presentation

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