When you’re a lifelong New Yorker, you really understand the concept of feet-as-transportation. Congested streets mean that oftentimes the fastest route from A to B involves some measure of walking—over sidewalks and grates, up and down subway station stairways, in and out of elevators. When you’re a girl who’s constantly going places, schlepping is a whole lifestyle. Then again, so is fashion.
Hence, the need for shoes that look amazing with every outfit but never, ever, slow you down, which is the whole idea behind the new Botkier footwear line. “Our loyal followers have been asking me to do shoes for a long time,” says founder Monica Botkier, a Brooklyn native who understands better than anyone the need for a strong street style game, even when you’re out there running around like a madwoman, trying to make things happen. That’s Monica to a T.
We recently sat down with Monica at Seamore’s in Nolita for grilled fish tacos and a few pressing questions about her look, her life and the future of her namesake line.
What are the three words you would use to describe the Botkier girl?
Modern, independent, adventurous.
What’s your uniform?
Key pieces you wear all the time, your go-to accessories (with focus on shoes, obviously). I always feel dressed when I have a sharp jacket on. I love a good blazer or lightweight moto jacket to wear with jeans or over dresses. Accessories are very important to me—a statement ring, a great bag, killer shoes that are actually comfortable. I have busy days, I’m always on the go and I need a look that takes me from day to night.
What is your favorite style from the new collection?
Love love love the Penelope. And the Pilar.
Favorite place to travel?
Tulum, St. Barth’s and Jamaica—all beachy places. As a born and bred New Yorker I like to get out of the city. The Hamptons are a fave too!
What’s next for Botkier?
We are committed to innovating and creating beautiful, wearable accessories for our Botkier “girl on the go.” Botkier is growing into a full-fledged lifestyle brand…so stay tuned!
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