8 November 2022

Design-A-Bag Competition 2023 Opens for Submission

Unleash your creativity and kickstart your career as a handbag designer


Design-A-Bag (DAB) is a unique design competition for designers and students. The finalists will be sponsored to attend the 2023 Special Edition of Fashion Access Dubai Fair, which is collocated with APLF – the most important international exhibition for the leather and fashion manufacturing industries. The Overall DAB Winner will be invited to attend a five-week bag design course in Milan, provided by the renowned Arsutoria School.


The submission deadline is 16 January 2023 (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.

2023 Competition Theme :
Modern and Classic

For 2023, the competition encourages designers to draw inspiration from classic fashion indicators to explore iconic bag designs for the future.


For the last two years, people around the globe have been experiencing numerous constraints and adopting technology to maintain connections with each other. The future will be different, it is time to disrupt the rules that had led us in the last two years to create something bold and timeless.


2023 Design Direction:
1. Leather, what else?
The world is changing, go sustainable and use natural materials


2. Draw inspiration from archives to celebrate classics with a touch of modernity
Break the existing rules that had navigated us in the past years. Discover new materials and structures to bring your bag design to life.


Please visit here for more competition guidelines.


The 2023 prizes include:

  • The three finalists will receive a free round-trip air ticket to Dubai to attend the Final Judging Ceremony during Fashion Access Dubai
  • Each finalist will receive USD500 cash prize
  • Opportunities to be featured in Leather Naturally and APLF.com
  • A five-week bag design course at Arsutoria School, Milan, valued at USD4,900 plus a USD1,000 accommodation allowance at the School’s hotel for the Overall Winner

2022 Overall winner
The Design-A-Bag Competition 2022 successfully concluded during APLF Dubai 2022. The winner, Mr Neil Bryan Capistrano from the Philippines designed his Amara bag, inspired by a critically endangered species of water buffalo named Tamaraw.


Click here to watch his design concept video

Plus Bag, JJ Xu (Hong Kong)
Meta Connect, Aniket Mathankar (India)

Online Favourite Design:
Chokh’cha, Tamar Kvirikadze (Georgia)

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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