Optitex Announces the Five Finalists in the “Best Student Made Handbag” Category at the 2014 Independent Handbag Designers Awards
New York, May 14, 2014 – Optitex, the leading provider of 2D and 3D CAD/CAM and Virtual Prototyping software solutions, and the sponsor of the Best Student Made Handbag category, announced today the 5 finalists: Stephanie Carnes – Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Ami Davidson – The Manchester Metropolitan University, Palwasha Iqbal – Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Morgan Richards Savannah – College of Art and Design and Kathleen Friedman – Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).
Optitex will grant the winner a full software package, along with a special internship at Coach, the leading New York design house of modern luxury accessories, and one of Optitex’s strategic 3D partners.
“Realistic 3D product representations are taking a growing role in processes within fashion brands, and amongst the various stakeholders in the ecosystem”, said Asaf Landau, Optitex’s Chief Executive. “As industry leaders, such as Coach, leverage 3D Virtual Product technologies in more and more of their processes, we strongly believe that today’s students should master 3D solutions in order to stay aligned with the evolution the fashion market is undergoing.”
About Optitex
Optitex develops innovative, user-friendly 2D and 3D CAD solutions for all cut-fabric and fashion-related industries. Optitex solutions are designed to facilitate collaboration among partners throughout the manufacturing process. Optitex is also active in e-commerce, providing online sales tools to promote branding and customer loyalty. As the industry standard, Optitex is a cornerstone of design training with installations in universities and educational centers worldwide. Optitex products are sold and supported around the world through certified distributors and OEMs.
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About the The Independent Handbag Designer Awards
The Independent Handbag Designer Awards was created to celebrate handbag design and creativity from the United States and around the world. Founded by Handbag Designer 101 and the HBD Network, the handbag designer resource, the IHDA is now in its eighth year and is an industry staple. Currently, it is the only international design competition to discover, recognize and create brand awareness for independent handbag designers.
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Dana Aroch-Soffer
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email: pr@optitex.com

phone:  +212 629-9053.