February Edition, February 2011

Monica's Musings February 26, 2011

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NOLITA DIARIES: INSIDER FAVORITES

Planet Botkier February 25, 2011

Our friend Jillian writes the blog, Nova Style, where she shares photos from some of her favorite designers, editorials, and more. We share her love of visual inspiration, and dig her keen eye for the sartorially daring. Recently we invited her to stop by 246 Mott Street and view our Spring collection. And even though it’s very much still winter weather-wise, she was game to style two of our Spring front-runners, the Charlotte Satchel in Grey and the Isla Shoulder in Tarnished Gold.  We can’t help but imagine how perfect both bags would look alongside a floral frock and gold sandals but for now, the structured satchel looks just as chic with winter layers…

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MONICA’S MUSINGS

Planet Botkier February 17, 2011

PAUL EVANS CITYSCAPES

Since these all too frequent snowstorms have been keeping all of us New Yorkers indoors, I’ve been focusing on decorating interiors. I’m especially fond of Paul Evans’ cityscape series, and have been scouring Ist Dibs for his hard to find pieces. This is also a huge inspiration to me in bag design, I live for mixed metals!

COFFEE BREAK AT SATURDAYS SURF

Nothing is better on a frigid February morning than an artfully crafted latte from my favorite standby, Saturday’s Surf. However, can’t wait for warmer days to cherish their hidden garden patio – a well kept SoHo secret.

KNITTING THROUGH WINTER AT WOOL AND THE GANG

I’ve recently picked up knitting as a hobby, and Wool and The Gang makes it easy to start. First step? A Wool And The Gang kit boasts instructions, materials and patterns for your beginner’s projects. Plus, their storefront on Thompson hosts Sunday knitting brunches, complete with Balthazar pastries. See Kevan if you stop in!

THE CHARLOTTE SATCHEL IN LIPSTICK RED

Spring feels in arm’s reach, which means it’s time to switch it up style wise. I’m fawning over the ladylike charm of our structured Charlotte Satchel. Plus, the lipstick red hue is just itching for a Valentine’s rendez-vous.

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OUR V-DAY CONFESSIONS

Planet Botkier February 09, 2011

February 14th: Love fest or Hateration? Why?

JW: Both. One night I celebrate with my girlfriends and slam all the jerks of the moment and the next night I fully do something cheesy with my man. Details will not be revealed or I could face stoning.

TB: A great day to mope around, watch John Cusack movies, all the way from Say Anything to Must Love Dogs, and eat burritos with your single lady friends.

DC: Hateration – makes all the single people feel bad.

Where are your fave romantic spots in the city?

SL: Brooklyn bridge – if the date works out great ! If not – I can push him off the bridge.

CJ: Once I weed through the investment bankers and gay men I will let you know…Until then, let’s say The Cloisters. Or a rooftop sunset overlooking the NYC skyline

MB: I love areas of the city that are a little more desolate and private. One of my fav spots is Saturdays on Crosby St and Grand. They have this hidden garden in the back and I love to sneaking away with my hubby for a quick midday coffee.

DC: Botanical gardens when the cherry blossoms are in bloom

What must have item are you coveting for V-day?

MB: Hmmmmm, one night of full sleep without being woken up by one of my kids!  Oh, and the Charlotte satchel in red. The vibrant red is a statement but the structured, lady like shape is super sophisticated.

TB: A Netflix subscription, surely an adequate substitute for a meaningful relationship.

DC: A ring, it’s been 6 years.

V-Day crush?

JW:  Puppy love. Our office mascot, LAB. I fully make- out with him.  Who wouldn’t?

TB: Sean Kingston. And the boys that work at Saturdays on Crosby and Grand.

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INTO THE ARCHIVES: ON CROSBY STREET

Planet Botkier February 02, 2011

Nestled between busy Broadway and Lafayette, Crosby Street charms  the city dweller with understated cool. Lined in cobblestone and a quaint enclave from the SoHo hustle and bustle, it is home to artists and ateliers who took a liking to the industrial appeal of the rows of cast iron buildings. Our business began on Crosby Street, and it wasn’t long until it inspired a bag. Today we’re looking back at the Crosby North South Satchel from our Fall 2006 collection. Its subtle shape and carefully worn in leather made it a Botkier favorite. It’s all in the details – the zipper pulls were adorned with metallic tassels.  Though we’ve grown up a bit and recently moved into a new office, we’ll always carry a certain nostalgia for Crosby Street, and the bag it inspired.


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