Monica Botkier’s keen eye for accessories has resonated with the designer since her upbringing in New York City. A true New Yorker at heart, Monica’s collections are influenced by the constantly evolving landscape that is her hometown.
In 2003, while Monica was building her name as a fashion photographer globally, she decided to launch her namesake label from her SoHo showroom. The first collection introduced the classic Trigger bag, which became a cult classic for the brand. In 2007, Monica was recognized for her contributions to the accessories industry by being inducted as a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
Monica believes that it is essential to align her design talent with charitable organizations. In 2009, Monica teamed up with Michelle Trachtenberg, Joy Bryant and Minnie Driver to design pieces to benefit Oxfam International. Monica’s passion for the collaboration continued in 2010 when Botkier collaborated with Lake Bell for Oxfam. Monica is also very proud of her collaboration with the legendary artist John Baldassari to support the art organization Independent Curators International.
In 2011, Monica was chosen through the CFDA and Luxottica to create the Botkier’s first pair of sunglasses for the Vogue Eyewear brand. Monica continues works closely with the CFDA to spread the ‘You Can’t Fake Fashion’ message and in 2012 created a limited edition bag for the CFDA and EBAY, which debuted at New York Fashion Week.
Botkier has created a niche in the accessory handbag market that previously had a void and consumers were awaiting an approachable designer handbag brand. Botkier was the first independent designer accessories brand and Monica continues to run the Botkier business with the same innovation and passion from the brand’s inception. Each handbag embodies luxury through custom detailing and quality leather while maintaining functionality.
Botkier has been featured in the pages of ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, Marie Claire and VOGUE. Botkier celebrity fans include Angelina Jolie, Beyonce Knowles, Halle Berry, Jessica Alba and Rihanna.
Monica resides in New York with her husband and three children.