Botkier is a longtime favorite of mine for luscious but hip leather bags, accessories and shoes. In fact, I've owned and loved no fewer than three Trigger bags in the past five years and added so many accessories to my wardrobe it's hard to keep count. So, you can imagine my excitement when designer Monica Botkier (above) was kind enough to answer a few of my burning questions, despite the fact that she's a busy new mom (congrats, Monica!). Here's what we had to talk about:
I frequently tell my friends that the Trigger is a dream bag for the Type A's among us. Can you tell me a bit about what inspired you to create it? Are you a type A gal yourself?
MB: That’s very true actually. I often have Botkier fans tell me that the Trigger organized their life! I designed the Trigger because I wanted a bag that was stylish, luxe and functional but didn’t break the bank. I would say that I am slightly type A in terms of organization! Nothing is more frustrating than trying to find your cell phone and keys in a bag that is basically like a black hole, which most designer bags are. The Trigger has several pockets, a long key chain strap and multi functional inside compartments so the busy city girl can easily access her go- to items!
There are a lot of young handbag designers charging a pretty penny for their designs. What makes a bag worth its salt in your opinion?
MB: Quality, originality and functionality with a focus on custom designer detailing.
Do you always carry/wear Botkier or are there other handbag and shoe designers that you love?
MB: I'm usually toting around my own designs but there are definitely other designers that wear. I love Miu Miu and Barbara Bui. Louboutins are incredible works of art, but they are not an everyday shoe for me.
What bag are you carrying right now? What essentials do you always carry?
MB: I'm currently carrying our Howard St. satchel in natural snake. It’s an exclusive style that we made for Neiman Marcus and I love it. The natural snake color is my new neutral- an updated black or brown. My essential everyday items are my Blackberry, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, sketchbook ( never know when I will get inspired!), my Flip video camera, Rosebud Mocha Rose lip balm, my Bailey wallet in coral and my Jetson cosmetic case.
Special thanks to Monica Botkier for participating. Learn more about Botkier at their newly launched blog.