The winners of the 2020 “Design A Bag” competition organised by Fashion Access fair and sponsored by ARSUTORIA school were announced in a live Zoom meeting. This year’s theme was “Design a Leather Bag, Mirror to the Soul, Mind & Body.”
Among the three talented finalists was also named an overall winner, Mary Chan with her Second Skin bag. Not only did Mary win a cash prize, but also the ARSUTORIA prize: the chance to attend a four-week specialisation course in “Leather goods pattern making” in Milan (Italy). As a note issued by the international jury reads, she was chosen as the winner due to the evocative construction of the bag inspired by the body and the need for safety in these uncertain times. The vegetable-tanned leather is soft and flexible and mimics the curves and edges of the human body, and potentially opens up to mixing with other materials.
Many designs were submitted to the jury by many young international designers, also voted by online fans who chose “Infinite” by Smriti Saraogi of Dharavi Market, India, as their favourite design for 2020. The occasion gave all participates the opportunity to show off their work. An international showcase that offers young designers a great opportunity to present their talent to companies with which they could cooperate in the future.

Second Skin – Mary Chan
Second Skin – Mary Chan
Second Skin – Mary Chan
Aura – Catalina Guzman
Aura – Catalina Guzman
Aura – Catalina Guzman
Fitted – May Jing Lee
Fitted – May Jing Lee
Fitted – May Jing Lee
Infinite – Smriti Saraogi