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Speaking Engagements

Emily has commanded audiences ranging from the top universities like FIT, Parsons, and the University of Michigan, to NFT-NYC, to crowds in the thousands about the handbag industry, the value of creating an unforgettable brand, answering the "why" to developing your product, and handbag.

Emily interviewing Kenneth Cole

Emily Blumenthal Bio

Emily Blumenthal is known as the "Handbag Fairy Godmother" as a host of the "Handbag Designer 101 Podcast," designer talent scout, handbag industry and design expert, Author of "Handbag Designer 101," which has sold over 50,000 copies, Founder of The Handbag Awards, National Handbag Designer Day, and is Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Fashion Institute of Merchandising.


Her dedication has prompted collaborations between emerging talent and brands like Swarovski, Timberland, Kate Spade, Kenneth Cole, FUJIFILM, Guess, Nine West, and Nasty Gal as well as with retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, QVC, EVINE Live, and Macy’s. Emily has been featured multiple times in InStyle magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, the Associated Press, The Today Show, The New York Times, and many other media outlets on-air and online. 

Emily is a mom of three and happily resides with her family in the Lower East Side of NYC. 

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