Planet Botkier July 09, 2010

Nestled on the corner of Prince and Mott, just a few doors down from our Nolita store, is one of our favorite spots in New York City, Café Gitane. The light French-Moroccan dishes, fresh watermelon juice, and great wines and apartifs make for a wonderful summer meal, while at the same time the always fashion-forward regulars that populate this joint is great for people watching; even the waitresses are dressed to the nines.

Sunday brunches can be enjoyed inside the light-filled dining area, where the soundtrack of the open kitchen clinks away and keeps up the lively spirit. For the most delightful experience,  ask for a seat at one of their sidewalk tables. Although for a prime spot, we recommend coming a bit early as the wait time can be up to 45 minutes long!



Planet Botkier July 01, 2010

A lot of us are oozing with anticipation to see the reveal of PurseBlog and Botkier collaborative design, which will be available exclusively at Saks Mid-July. Our friends at PurseBlog teamed up with fashion darling and illustrator extraordinaire Dallas Shaw for a stunning collection of hand-drawn images. We got in touch with the busy artist for a quick Q+A for the Botkier Blog!

How did you get started in fashion illustration?

I have always been in love with clothing- and the entire fashion industry has always excited me. So it’s only fitting that I work with designers and very stylish people. The more amazing jobs I get the more I love it.

What are some of your inspirations for work?

When I say that I am inspired by the fashion industry I really mean it. I love getting to see the shows- I am fortunate to be able to see the clothing in person and chat with the designers. It’s unreal and unforgettable. I also spend a lot of time reading magazines and online- endless inspiration there.

How would you describe your personal style?

Classic casual- but with pops of glam.

What’s your summer uniform in the studio?

Well- I am in the studio right now! Wearing Madewell ripped denim shorts, a dark, plain, oversized boyish like sweater- it’s almost like a sweatshirt but it’s knit, pearls, a high bun and Chanel glasses- the huge ones.

And out of the studio?

This summer I am living in printed shorts of all types- floral, striped…strappy leather sandals, button down imperfect shirts, gold nugget hoops and straw hats. When summer is here I LIVE it.

Any favorite music artists to sketch to?

No faves- listening to Phoenix today.

Where will you be spending your downtime this summer?

When you do what I do you have to make time for some downtime. But I try to get away on weekends when possible- siesta key, Stone Harbor with friends, Atlanta, North Carolina and Disney World in the next couple months.

What’s first on your summer reading list?

If You Have To Cry Go Outside by Kelly Cutrone. I don’t read a lot of fiction- if I am taking a break on the beach and reading something-I like to learn something about other people’s paths, successes and mistakes in the business so that I can grow from that.

Besides an incredible knack for illustration and painting, any other hidden talents we should know about?

I don’t really have anything hidden. I’m a very good business woman but not sure that is considered a talent.

Lastly, what essentials are always in your bag?

My Blackberry if it’s not in my hand.

Tory Burch sunglasses

Canon- I take photos of everything. Everywhere.

Laura Mercier Crimson Red Hydratint

DKNY Pure – my summer scent this year

My business cards that I keep in a vintage beaded case.

Dallas Shaw’s lovely illustration was designed for PurseBlog to celebrate our recent collaboration – and it’s now on display on the PurseBlog Twitter Page. Want to know more? Explore the world of Dallas at her website and via her blog!