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News - May 30, 2012

Woodside native is finalist in handbag design competition

by Barbara Wood

Fame, if not fortune, could be just around the corner for Woodside native Mary Spenser Poletti, a 2009 graduate of Scared Heart Preparatory in Atherton, whose design for a lambskin and rabbit fur backpack is a finalist in the 2012 Independent Handbag Designers Award competition.

If Ms. Poletti wins enough online votes for her backpack to become the "Audience Fan Favorite," it will be featured in the September issue of InStyle Magazine.

The Woodside Elementary School graduate is attending the Savannah College of Art and Design, in Savannah, Georgia, where she is working on a bachelor's of fine arts in accessory design.

"I am studying under top cobblers and handbag designers, in order to actually design, pattern, and hand produce my own creations," she said. Her white-pearlized lambskin and rabbit fur backpack, is in the French modern style, Ms. Poletti says, and is a finalist in the Best Student Made Handbag category.

Visit to view the handbag designs and vote before June 8.

Ms. Poletti, whose parents are Susan and Paul Poletti of Woodside, says she will be in New York City at the awards ceremony on June 13.

Visit to see a YouTube video about the competition.


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