Mother’s Day With Monica

At home in brownstone Brooklyn with our founder.
Mother’s Day With Monica

It’s a complete misconception that becoming a parent means the end of cool.

Case in point, our founder, Monica Botkier. For her, it was easy to maintain a stylish continuum into the motherhood phase of her life. You’d never know it by her perennially pulled-together look, but she never was very fussy to begin with. “I was always one for day-to-night comfort and functional fashion,” she says, “always one for a touch of easy glamour, a great hand bag and shoes paired with a good lipstick and a glowing complexion.”

When the formula is that simple, even a mother of three can look the part of an NYC fashion designer. And since Monica does the I-don’t-know-how-she-does-it thing so very well, we decided to celebrate spring’s sweetest holiday with a visit to her home in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

Inside, Monica sits in the kitchen, surrounded by her childrens’ artwork. “Having babies was the yummiest part of the journey,” she says. “Now, they’re becoming true individuals. Respecting them as people in this world outside of myself, and yet bettering myself to pass knowledge to them—it’s a beautiful circle of life.”

All that tender stuff aside, the demands of motherhood do call for the finest tools. One thing Monica thinks every mom needs is a good bag. The Waverly Tote was practically made with a mom mind. It’s roomy enough for gym clothes, a laptop and plenty of snacks for the kids—or for mom!

“Take care of yourself,” goes Monica’s motto, “and it will be easy to take care of everyone else.”