YOU’RE INVITED

Planet Botkier November 30, 2010

We’re excited to invite everyone to the Botkier Sample Sale. Stop by this week and stock up on Fall favorites and limited edition, one of a kind samples! Plus  a very Foursquare special – check into the ‘Botkier Sample Sale’ venue via Foursquare and receive 10% off your total loot. See you there! xoxo Monica

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A BOTKIER NOMAD IN CONNECTICUT

Planet Botkier November 29, 2010


As much as we love New York, it’s always refreshing to get away from it all… This weekend we took the Metro North to rural Connecticut and sure enough, spotted a girl on the train platform wearing Botkier well. She’s traveling with the Nomad Satchel – a “vintage” Botkier that is totally timeless. It just goes to show you can take the girl out of the city, but you can’t take the city out of the girl!

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A BECK HOLIDAY WITH FASHION SQUAD

Planet Botkier November 23, 2010

We’ve teamed up with our friend Carolina Engman of the hit blog Fashion Squad to bring you a special editorial featuring the Beck Hobo in luscious chocolate… We’re absolutely adoring her modern take on 70s glamour. A bit of leopard is the perfect compliment to Beck, a classic shape with bohemian charm. Carolina’s favorite Holiday bag is available now nationwide at one of our favorite boutiques, Intermix, as well as directly at IntermixOnline.com.

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SPOTTED: SONG OF STYLE IN BOTKIER!

Planet Botkier November 17, 2010

We’re always finding ourselves fawning over fashion blogger Aimee Song’s decadent style – a bit bohemian with an understated glamour all her own.  We adore the way she paired the Haven Satchel, pearlized grey (with a darling touch of shimmer!) with a rich pair of indigo heels. It’s almost cosmic – we used the same indigo hue in our Haven collection. The bag just debuted on Botkier.com – shop it now! – and be sure to bookmark  Aimee’s inspiring blog: Song Of Style.

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NOT YOUR GIRL NEXT DOOR

Planet Botkier November 12, 2010

Every now and then you come across women in New York that are the epitome of the city’s “Downtown” culture; the daring, fearless, persistent female artists that migrate here to succeed in their craft.  Born in Tulsa Oklahoma and raised in Maryland just outside of D.C., Ebony Brown is that girl. After spending 8 years modeling, doing commercials and music videos in LA, she moved to New York, wanting to feel her pulse again and has since developed a career as one of New York’s leading female DJ’s, spinning at hot spots such as La Esquina, Submercer and the Standard Hotel, all the while working on her first album with her new band, Panda Panda, which she hopes to have released this upcoming spring.

I asked her to meet me for a coffee at Café Gitane to find out more about her work, her inspiration, and her future plans… and also the story behind the mix that she made exclusively for Botkier inspired by the Fall and Holiday/Resort collection which we just debuted. (She’s mad about the Ava Hobo in black lambskin and the Haven Satchel in indigo!) Stop by Botkier NoLIta to pick up a copy of this limited edition mixtape with any Holiday purchase!

How did you end up becoming a DJ?

I ended up DJing because I have a really awesome record collection that I inherited from my mom, so when I lived in LA people would come over to my house to party, and I would just play records, but I didn’t have two turntables, I just had one.

When you’re not DJing, where do you like to go when you go out in New York City?

Right now…? (Short pause)… Kenmare. It’s so rock and roll. It’s kind of like what Beatrice Inn used to be, except for the ceiling is higher, and it’s not as smoky!

How did you get into making your own music?

I started in LA from being a model, I just didn’t feel like I got to express myself enough. I’m just an artist, I paint, I draw, I write, and I just felt like I wanted to use my voice. So I started experimenting… begging people who I knew were musicians to work with me.

What type of music influences you the most, not just as an artist but as a person?

I really got into grunge when I was in High School. I was like… a grunge girl. You could say grunge changed my life.

I went two different high-schools when I grew up, the first I went to was predominantly black and the second was predominantly white… I was a pom-pom in my first high-school, sophomore class president… very much the girl next door. But I didn’t feel like that inside. I had a lot of emotions, I didn’t know how to deal with, and listening to grunge helped me get in touch with those emotions. Singing along to it for the first time… I had a different voice.

Is there a musician or band that influences your own music?

The band Bad Brains, the thing I love the most about them is that they’re one of the hardest, fastest punk bands, but their string is so soulful. I’m hugely influenced by is Sade, oh my God… I really feel like she taught me how to be a woman. I think she says the things that we all feel as women, but we never want to say out loud, especially to the world! That takes so much courage.

What’s the story behind this mixtape you did for Botkier, what inspired you to choose the tracks you chose and the vibe you created with it?

Well, the name of the mix-tape is “Sophisticated Boom Boom”. It’s the first track and one of those rare gems from a 60’s girl group (The Goodies), that most people never heard of or forgot about a long time ago. When people hear this mix they are getting a sneak peek into the world of DJ Wildcat. It has some of my favorite songs that I love to dance to like “Heads Will Roll” by the Yeah,Yeah,Yeahs. Plus, classic tracks that I can’t live without like Eric B and Rakim’s “Paid in Full”!

I’m all about mixing genres old and new. Good music is timeless. When I spin, I like to have fun and give everyone a little “sumthin’sumthin’” to groove to! That’s why I was inspired to make this mix for Botkier. Botkier’s collection is very classy yet edgy. It has that “Sophisticated Boom Boom” that all women have inside.

-Interview and photos by Laksmi Hedemark. Check out Ebony’s website here.

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