2008 On The Rise Award Winners

StyleBakery.com On The Rise Awards Winners

honoring today’s most exciting emerging designers –
nominated by
YOU, our readers

handbags | jewelry | clothing |
beauty | accessories | baby products

winner: handbag designer


designer: Tulay Altin of Tulina

design aesthetic: Quality leather handbags that cater to fashion forward women. Tulina’s chic style with a touch of whimsy is geared towards women of all ages who are confident in their own style, strive to make a statement and exude a distinctive personality.

standout pieces: The Wings collection is truly unique in its design and attention to detail, including styles that can be worn more than one way.

inspired by: Anything and everything. Angel-like dove wings from one of Renee Magritte’s paintings were the source of inspiration for the latest “Wings” collection. Additional inspirations include the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Central Park, Prospect Park and the changing of seasons.

what sets her apart: There is genuine care and attention to detail involved in the making of each handbag. Tulina handbags are intended to take their place among your favorites as it is made by skilled craftsmen in the old city of Istanbul.

find her designs at: tulina.com

readers’ choice: handbag designer


designer: Alia Michèle Orane of aliamichèle™

design aesthetic: All of Alia’s handbags are handmade or hand embellished, made with leather and fabric, adorned with jewelry, screen prints, embroidery and more.

standout pieces: Currently, the “wanda-ful” collection based on Alia’s “handbags as jewelry” concept. The line features handmade bangles and bracelets which can be removed and switched, or worn alone.

inspired by: Her home, Jamaica, inspires her most in addition to the people she’s surrounded by and beautiful things created by other designers and artists.

fun fact: All designs are named after someone who has had an impact on her life, whether it is someone she just met that made an impression or a person she has known for years.

what sets her apart: Alia doesn’t follow trends and enjoys thinking outside the box, creating designs that have never been done before and pushing the envelope as much as possible.

find her designs at: store.aliamichele.com

About the contest: Voting was open to the public and held on StyleBakery.com from
June 1 through July 31, 2008. Voters were able to nominate one designer per category. Readers’ choice winners received the most votes in their category; Editors’ choice winners were selected by the StyleBakery.com editors from all reader nominated designers.

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