Go gaga for this award-winning, eco-chic handbag


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You care about being stylish and you care about being green, but the idea of toting around a burlap sack while wearing designer duds is enough to make you cringe. Thankfully, sustainable fashion has come a long way, and designers are being encouraged — and rewarded — for going green.

At the 2011 Independent Handbag Designer Awards, Australian-born designer Belinda Pasqua took home the award for best green handbag. Pasqua’s “Marlo” tote (pictured) — part of her “Sway” collection — is made of recycled leather scraps and recycled cotton linings. It was inspired by the feeling of texture and nature.

You can snag one of Pasqua’s eco-chic totes at TheSwayNYC.com, Fred Segal, Kaight NYC, Searle and International Playground.

For you fashion junkies, a selection of Pasqua’s designs will be on display for a limited time at the Timberland store at 474 Broadway in New York City. Timberland sponsored the IHD green handbag award.

And if that weren’t enough, Pasqua is on tap to collaborate with Timberland’s women’s footwear design team on a limited-edition Earthkeepers handbag and boot collection, slated to come out in 2012.