Marie Claire and Announce Winner of Be Discovered: Design a Handbag Competition
Fashion Article Posted July 30th, 2007


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Marie Claire and today announced that Orean Collier from Chattanooga, Tennessee is the national winner of the Be Discovered: Design a Handbag Competition. Ms. Collier, a self-taught artist and single mother, created her winning design to honor the memory of her grandmother. After submitting a sketch of her handbag design to, Ms. Collier became one of eight finalists chosen by more than 50,000 votes. A panel of fashion industry experts then viewed prototypes of the finalists' handbag entries and selected the winning design.

As winner of the Claire Be Discovered: Design a Handbag Competition, Ms. Collier will travel to New York where she will serve as "Accessories Editor for a day" with Marie Claire magazine and stay in a top New York hotel.

"My eye went straight to Orean's handbag - it's a clear winner," said Joanna Coles, editor in chief of Marie Claire magazine. "The bag has so many design elements that are fun, stylish and functional. The shape, color and decoration grabbed my attention right away. Plus, the bag is light and has stylish hardware and great outside pockets. This one is bound to be talked about!"

In addition to Joanna Coles, fashion industry expert judges included: Anya Hindmarch, handbag designer; Samir Arora, CEO and Chairman of Glam Media; Gene Pressman, former co-CEO of Barneys whose new book "Chasing Cool," will be released in May; Jill Swid, fashion director of; Bonnie Pressman, president of Theory Accessories; Paul Wilmot, fashion publicist; and Frank Zambrelli, creative director for Judith Leiber.

"Glam partnered with Marie Claire because we knew that together we'd be able to reach the most well-informed and fashion-savvy designers out there," said Samir Arora, chairman and CEO of Glam Media. "Orean's design has great style and energy. It's an honor to introduce her and her design."

The eight finalists (in alphabetical order) were: Ann Aldrich, from Inwood, WV; Lisa Allyn Ashbrook, from New Albany, OH; Orean Collier, from Chattanooga, TN; Jessie Lynn Gonzalez, from Philadelphia, PA; Ivey Kampouris, from Bridgewater, NJ; Trayce Skogstad, from Wausau, WI; Elkie Soto, from Staten Island, NY; and Valerie Dorr Wolff, from Alpharetta, GA. In the finalist round, each designer produced a prototype that was judged on creativity, originality, style and functionality.

All eight of the finalists' handbags will be auctioned on eBay beginning August 6, 2007, with proceeds going to the New York Foundation For The Arts. Sketches and photos of the eight finalists' handbags can be viewed at and bid on at

About Marie Claire

Marie Claire is more than a pretty face. It is the fashion magazine with character, substance, and depth, for women with a point of view, an opinion, and a sense of humor. Each issue is edited for a sexy, stylish, confident woman who is never afraid to make intelligence a part of her wardrobe. Marie Claire is published in 26 countries and is read by more than 15 million worldwide. The magazine was founded in 1937 by French industrialist Jean Prouvost, whose goal was to present the realities of life mixed with fashion and beauty coverage. The American edition is published by Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst Corporation ( and one of the world's largest publishers of monthly magazines, with a total of 19 U.S. titles and nearly 200 international editions. Hearst reaches more adults than any other publisher of monthly magazines (73.4 million according to MRI, fall 2006). The company also publishes 19 magazines in the United Kingdom through its wholly owned subsidiary, The National Magazine Company Limited.


Glam Media allows people to easily browse content on its flagship website,, by fashion, beauty, and lifestyle channels and through the Glam Publisher Network of more than 350 magazines, websites, and blogs. Glam Media is the fastest-growing lifestyle Web property reaching more than 19 million unique visitors a month in the U.S. and 30 million unique visitors worldwide and ranks first in Top 10 Women's Web properties, as measured by comScore Media Metrix. Glam Media is backed by blue-chip venture-capital firms leading the new media wave: Accel Partners (Facebook, BrightCove), DAG Ventures (Friendster, Plaxo), Draper Fisher Jurvetson (Skype: eBay, Technorati), Walden Venture Capital, and Information Capital (Tickle/eMode: Monster, NetObjects).

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