30 November 2021

Design-A-Bag Competition 2022 returns as a physical event at APLF Dubai

Design-A-Bag (DAB) is a unique design competition for freelance designers and students. 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, provided by the renowned Arsutoria School.


The submission deadline is 4 February 2022 (UTC+8 23:59).


Since 2007, DAB has brought together a global design community during the Fashion Access Fair in Hong Kong. Creative, innovative and sustainable designs are showcased to the international professional audience with design knowledge and concepts exchanged among talents from diverse cultures and backgrounds.


2022 Competition Theme is Fashion Trend Fall-Winter 2022/23


For 2022, the competition will draw inspiration from the APLF Colour and Material Trends Fall-Winter 2022/23.


Fall-Winter 2022/23 brings us surprises and positive energies to strive for an eco-responsible and humanistic creation. In a synergy between the intelligence of humans and nature, colours and materials are at full play.


2022 Design Direction:
1. Leather, what else?
The world is changing, go sustainable and use natural materials


2. Colours celebrate and glorify the Fall-Winter season
Design with one of the Fall-Winter 2022/23 colour stories, each story presents a unique range of shades and tones


3. Materials amplify and display the dichotomy between technology and craftsmanship
Textured, tactile, techy and trendy, the materials complement the colours and bring Fall-Winter 2022/23 bag designs to life

Please visit here for more competition guidelines.


The 2022 prizes include:

  • The three finalists will receive a free round-trip air ticket to Fashion Access Dubai 2022 to visit the fair and attend the Final Judging Ceremony
  • Each finalist will receive USD500 cash prize
  • Opportunities to be featured in Leather Naturally and METCHA
  • A four-week bag design course at Arsutoria School, Milan, valued at USD4,200 plus a USD1,000 accommodation allowance at the School’s hotel for the Overall Winner


2021 Winners

The DAB 2021 Competition was held online. The winner, Ms Valeria Zingaretti from Italy designed her Arcobaleno bag, inspired by the rainbow drawings many Italians hung on their balconies during the pandemic.

Click here to watch her design concept video

Bag Story 60, Juan Manuel (Colombia)
Aerobag, You Min Lee (South Korea)

Online Favourite Design
Vivace, Florence Tsang (Hong Kong)

Become our media partner
As a media partner, we seek your assistance with outreach and PR activities. By accepting to work with us, you will stay connected with the global fashion community and be able to reach out to o over 20,000 trade buyers and 1,500 exhibitors from the fashion and leather industries.


Getting Involved
There are a couple of other ways our media partner can support this competition:

  • Becoming a sponsor
  • Joining the judging panel
  • Partnering with us (explain in which ways)


If you are interested in getting involved, we are more than happy to hear from you. Get in touch with us by writing to [email protected].


All details for media can be found on www.designaccess-fa.com.

About APLF

We bring leather, material and fashion businesses together: an opportunity to meet and greet face to face. We bring them from all parts of the world so that they can find fresh partners, discover new customers or suppliers and keep ahead of industry developments.


We organise a number of trade exhibitions which focus on fashion and lifestyle: sectors that are constantly in flux, so visitors and exhibitors alike need to be constantly aware both of the changes around them and those forecast for coming seasons.


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