{Giveaway} A festive bag by Betty Audish

Betty Audish is giving away two of her “quintessential holiday” handbags–a bronze, leather clutch and a gold evening bag with a bow. Enter to win by answering in the comments below: Are you the kinda gal who thinks wearing bows is a go–or a “no?”

In 2001, fashion buyer Betty Audish’s mother passed away. The event made Betty realize just how precious life is, and she decided she couldn’t waste any more time before tackling her lifelong dream–designing her own handbag line. That year, Betty Audish handbags was born.

The first bags in her collection were luncheon-style, in honor of her mother. “My mom was very classic and carried small luncheon bags like the ones in Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” says Betty. “She always had trouble finding them, which made me realize there was a real whole in the market.”

Since then, Betty’s line has expanded to bags of all styles–day bags, totes, evening bags and clutches. In 2006 she introduced bags made with exotic skins–now her bestsellers. “Python is the new black,” says Betty, who manufactures bags in 19 colors of python and 13 colors of crocodile.

Betty’s warehouse and company headquarters is in Pearland, Texas, but her bags are sold in high-end specialty stores across the country. Betty’s bags were recently feature in Houston magazine and chosen as the “Item of the Day” in  Accessories Magazine who called them “timeless pull-it-out-in-10-years-and-it’s-still-as-amazing bags.”

To find a retailer of Betty Audish bags in your area or order one of the bags featured above (ships nationwide) call: 281-300-3202.

Enter to win one of two leather bags by
Betty Audish by answering in the comments below: Are you the kinda gal who thinks wearing bows is a go–or a “no?”

Thank you for entering. This contest is now closed.

Two FOFs will win.(See all our past winners, here.) (See official rules, here.) Contest closes December 29, 2011 at midnight E.S.T.

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{Giveaway} Luxe Leather Handbag from Barr + Barr

FOF fashion designer, Helen Barr, is giving away a luxe, calfskin hobo. To enter, answer this question in the comments below: Do you match your bags to your shoes?

Thank you for entering. This contest is now closed.

FOF Helen Barr had “former lives” as an artist, fashion exec and magazine editor. Then, in the late 90s, she decided she wanted to get into the booming business of bags. “I took a deep breath, rented an office, and began designing and manufacturing private label bags for Spiegel and Bloomingdales until I had a bit of money in the business,” says Helen. After three years designing private label, Helen launched Barr + Barr in 2000. Her bags were an instant hit, with her first designs selling to Neiman Marcus and Saks. “I grew it bag by bag,” she says.

Now, just a decade since it launched, Barr + Barr has received accolades from InStyle, Town & Country and Harper’s Bazaar editors and has been picked up by the Home Shopping Network (where the bags have been known to sell out in minutes). They’ve been toted around Tinseltown by Kim Cattrall, Sharon Stone and Debra Messing, and have made appearances on prime time shows including Sex and the City and Will and Grace. One of Helen’s bags was even worn by first lady, Laura Bush. “I keep the letter from her hanging on my showroom wall,” says Helen.

More details about the bag you could win:

  • Value – $289
  • Genuine calfskin leather
  • Inside zip, cell phone and multifunction pockets
  • Top zipper closure
  • Two outside pockets
  • Handle with 8 3/4″ drop
  • Removable, adjustable crossbody strap
  • Signature removable key fob
  • Dust bag
  • Signature love letter lining
  • 12 1/2″ (L) x 13″ (H) x 6 1/4″ (W)

Enter to win a luxe leather bag designed by FOF Helen Barr. Comment below and answer: Do you match your bags to your shoes?

Plus! FOF Exclusive Discount: Receive 15% off any bag from Barr & Barr when you “like” them on Facebook. (Mention on their wall that you came from FabOverFifty and they’ll send you a discount code valid until June 2, 2011.)

(See all our past winners. See official rules. One winners is chosen at random from all those commenters who answer the question. Contest closes May 26, 2011.)