New York accessories designer Susan Jina Lee got recognition from the fashion industry by “Handbag101 Awards IHDA”. In 2009 she was an award winning finalist out of thousands worldwide for “Best Student Made Handbag” and 2011 for "Best Handbag with Swarovski Elements with InStyle." Her concept was the dream catcher. The crystals represented the dreams and the chain represented the web, which was the pathway towards the dreams. With this amazing concept Susan received full sponsorship from Swarovski Crystals. Because of the well known competition worldwide, Susan was offered an apprentice with prestigious Couture house Viktor and Rolf in Europe immediately after graduating from Parsons School of Design.
With a Menswear design background she was drawn to details and decided to focus on footwear and handbags. Susan worked/consulted for companies such as Kipling, Cole Haan, Calvin Klein PVH, Saks Fifth Avenue, Global Brands, Lands’ End, and many more. Recently, as a Principal Handbag Designer for Anne Klein handling 22 million dollar business, she made 20% increase in sales(wholesale).
Susan has been successful designing for multiple brands in her portfolio and adhering to the vision, esthetics and needs. She wish to grow across the fashion industry and wish to fulfill her dreams and passion as a designer.
SUSAN JINA LEE