Irish designer bags place in fashion final

Irish handbag designer Louise O' Leary of Louloubelle Bags is up for nomination at the prestigious 6th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards.

Hundreds of independent designers from around the globe have submitted their most original creations, with just 30 applicants making the cut.

Louise O’ Leary is flying the flag for Ireland making the shortlist in the Best Overall Handbag Prize category.

The winner will be given a booth at WWDMAGIC, the opportunity to develop a capsule collection for Saks Fifth Avenue, and the chance to collaborate with the 2012 Iconoclast Recipient.

Speaking about the inspiration behind her creation Louise explained that the Irish countryside served as the brainwave for the 'LouLou' clutch, which the designer crafted from mushroom-colored Italian calf leather.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on June 13th hosted by Handbag Designer 101, where one designer will be hosted as the Audience Fan Favourite chosen by In Style readers.

Vote for Louise's handbag design here