Monica Botkier has become one of the leading independent accessories designers in the United States by creating items she describes as embodying “luxury through custom detailing, innovation and quality.”
She’s known for her attention to detail, a skill she cultivated while being a fashion photographer for leading style magazines before she made the switch to designer. In 2003, she wanted a bag that would accommodate her busy lifestyle so she created one. That bag, known as The Trigger, is considered to have ‘launched an industry.’
Her accessories are worn by some of the most influential style icons in the world including Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Beyonce, Rihanna and Rachel Bilson.
Botkier was inducted into the esteemed Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2007.
We caught up with Monica to ask her a few questions:
Why did you want to become a designer?
It’s a really great story. It almost happened by accident. In 2003 I was a photographer working on fashion shoots for magazines such as Glamour and Nylon. I wanted a designer bag that looked super luxe, chic and functional but didn’t break the bank. At that time, all the designer handbags were very expensive and basically like big black holes. I designed the Trigger and it caught on like wild fire. The rest is history.
What's been your career highlight or favorite professional moment?
One of my career highlights was being inducted into the CFDA in 2007. That was definitely a surreal experience. I was inducted the same year as other exceptionally talented designers like Philip Lim, Jason Wu, and Tory Burch. It was a defining moment in my career.
Who do you get your inspiration from and who are your favorite designers?
I am really inspired by the everyday NYC woman. The woman are so diverse, have such strong sense of style and self - I am always drawn to their confidence.
What advice would you give to aspiring designers and stylists?
Go with your gut and work with passion. A lot of what I accomplished was based on my instinct and being fearless.
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