She Fell in Love With Craftsmanship

The handbag designer Sonia Ahmimou credits trips to Morocco and help from mentors for her recent triumph: Winning the Andam prize for accessories.

PARIS — In July, just before she competed for the 50,000-euro Andam accessories prize, Sonia Ahmimou said she was sick to her stomach. She still is not sure whether it was nerves or morning sickness.

“In a single bound, I found myself projected from the solitude of craftsmanship and the bubble of my atelier to the center of the fashion industry,” Ms. Ahmimou said, referring to the prestigious French fashion award. “I’d never presented anything to a fashion jury in my life.”

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