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Dr. Karen Campbell Kuebler’s New Book ‘Cakewalking With Queen Aida’ is an Educational Story About the Cakewalk Dance Craze and One of the Dance’s Most Prolific Dancers

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Fulton Books author Dr. Karen Campbell Kuebler, a wife and mother with a lifelong passion for dancing and dance history, has completed her most recent book "Cakewalking with Queen Aida": a charming tale that explores the history of the Cakewalk dance and the life and times of famed dancer Aida Overton Walker.

"Explore the foot-shuffling, high-kicking, leg-marching Cakewalk Dance with the Queen of the Cakewalk: Aida Overton Walker," writes Kuebler. "She started dancing as a child at her local dance studio in New York City and grew up to share her dancing and choreographic talents by touring around America and Europe from the 1890s through 1914. Walker's performances were described as theatrical, artistic, and refined. Connect with the past, learn some American history, and have fun with Queen Aida and the Cakewalk!"

The Cakewalk was the first national dance of the United States.

Published by Fulton Books, Dr. Karen Campbell Kuebler's book is an enthralling tale that explores the Cakewalk dance craze that once swept through America and even Europe and will help to introduce young readers to an important moment in dance history.

Readers who wish to experience this engaging work can purchase "Cakewalking with Queen Aida" at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes & Noble.

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Signal Brands & The Handbag Awards Announce the ‘Signal Brands Collective’

Signal Brands & The Handbag Awards Announce the ‘Signal Brands Collective’
Signal Brands Collective Cohort 1

The first cohort of designers selected for the Signal Brands Collective are IHDA Winners, Jeff Wan, Ivana Curic, and Marija Curic of Curic & Curic; and Val\u00e8rie Blaise of Vavvoune, Sade Mims of edas, and Shaquita Garcia of AART NYC.

 Signal Brands and The Handbag Awards join forces in creating the Signal Brands Collective, the first-ever handbag designer incubator. Launching in February 2023, the Signal Brands Collective is a 15-week program where the cohort of five selected independent handbag designers will be educated, guided, and mentored by IHDA Founder Emily Blumenthal. With the support of Signal Brands' team and resources, designers will create their "hero bag" mini collection of three silhouettes consisting of a Tote, Satchel, and Crossbody, and will be provided a brand roadmap to have their bags retail-ready on a larger scale.

Signal Brands, a manufacturer and distributor of globally-renowned fashion brands licensed for handbags, small leather goods, luggage, and travel accessories, has been a long-time supporter of The Independent Handbag Awards. "The goal of the Signal Brands Collective is to find talented designers and give them the opportunity to learn about retail expectations, develop a product that can sell on a larger scale, and also give back to the handbag designer community," says Jason Rimokh, CEO of Signal Brands. "We have partnered with the IHDA and Emily, and believe that it's the talent of these handbag designers that truly impact the industry."

Emily Blumenthal who has been often referred to as "The Handbag Fairy Godmother," and is also the Author of "Handbag Designer 101," Founder of The Handbag Awards and National Handbag Designer Day, has been a long-time advocate and voice of the independent handbag designer and has helped unknown brands garner placement into Bloomingdale's, Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue. "After 15 years of The Handbag Awards, and teaching Fashion Marketing at Parsons The New School for Design, and Entrepreneurship at the Fashion Institute of Technology, it was the logical step to create the 'Signal Brands Collective' incubator," Blumenthal says. "Signal Brands' commitment to working with us through the IHDA made them a logical partner of nurturing talent where designers will create a collection via Signal Brands that will allow their brand to be available to a larger audience."

The first cohort of designers selected for the Signal Brands Collective are IHDA Winners, Jeff Wan, Ivana Curic, and Marija Curic of Curic & Curic; and Valèrie Blaise of Vavvoune, Sade Mims of edas, and Shaquita Garcia of AART NYC

About Signal Brands:

Signal Brands is a global leader in the design, manufacture, distribution, and sales of licensed fashion women's handbags, small leather goods, and luggage. Signal Brands is a vertically integrated organization paying constant attention to research and development, design innovation, and adaptation to market changes. Tailored focuses on customer satisfaction is the important objective of the wholesale and retail distribution for each brand. The philosophy of Signal Brands is to champion long-term partnerships through a comprehensive licensing experience—from inspiration, concept, and design to production, sales, and marketing. Follow Signal Brands at and @signalbrands.

About The Handbag Awards:

Founded in 2007 by Emily Blumenthal, the Independent Handbag Designer Awards celebrates handbag design and talent from the United States and across the globe. Now in its fifteenth year, it is an industry staple and is the only international design competition to discover, recognize and amplify unknown independent handbag designers and give them the opportunity to become acclaimed brands. Follow The Handbag Awards at, and @HandbagDesigner.


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Emily Blumenthal
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