Our Story, Our Heritage…Misha Botkier

Planet Botkier August 23, 2011

A few years ago, 2007 to be exact my father comes into my office and plunks a bag down on my desk. This was no ordinary bag, it was vintage Botkier! As it turns out, my grandfather Misha (Michael in Russian) had been a handbag manufacturer in Russia more than 50 years ago…

Rosa and Misha Botkier pictured below

Botkier was born in 2003 and grew organically as I had developed an absolute love affair with hand bags that bordered on an obsession…I guess one can see now that this natural gravitation to all things leather but purses in particular was actually in the blood.

The fact that my father didn’t tell me this before doesn’t surprise me as we see him as an absentminded professor of sorts and made the coincidence that much sweeter.

Going through the archives of old family photos while the only surviving bag made by my grandfather Misha hung on the wall of my office gave me all the inspiration I needed. To create is to live. The experience made me feel close to him again. I missed him.

To add to the romance I was already feeling, the bag in question was made for my grandmother specifically. Such a beautiful and crafted piece with an amazing metal frame. Elegant with an edge, everything Botkier is today. So for Fall 2011 we launch the Misha Collection, Botkier’s very own heritage statement with a clutch, shoulder, satchel and even backpack!

My grandmother Rosa Botkier recently celebrated her 88th birthday and when I presented her with a Misha shoulder bag – the same that I have been addicted to wearing for the past month – we all wept. It was a really proud and profound moment.

The original bag below…

xoxo Monica

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Our Story, August 2011

Monica's Musings August 14, 2011

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K is for Knock-off

Planet Botkier August 10, 2011

Hot on the heels of our CFDA/eBay ‘YOU CAN’T FAKE FASHION’ project and we are feeling good! We were one of 50 designers supporting the effort to stop design piracy and knock-offs. Ironically we just dicovered below how our Botkier ‘Clyde’ was simply copied by Kardashian Kollection for Sears. They say imitation is the highest form of flattery but we don’t think so…

The Botkier Clyde above, the Kardashian Knock-off below

“Design piracy, the blatant copying of another’s designs, is akin to counterfeiting without affixing the fake designer label. Sadly, because of a lack of adequate legal protection, design piracy has become a way of life in the fashion industry in the U.S.

Design piracy is unfair to designers and is detrimental to competition within the fashion industry. It effectively allows others to plagiarize the original designer’s creative ideas and reap the benefits of the creator’s labor and assumption of risk.” – CFDA website

Botkier “You Can’t Fake Fashion” Tote

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Interns Rule! Misha Fashion Shoot

Planet Botkier August 01, 2011

Here are Botkier we take our internships and interns very seriously. We get so many applications and we are grateful to have such motivated and talented individuals want to come and dedicate their time to us in our downtown digs. Monica Botkier has a long history of interning herself at various fashion magazines, with stylists and photographers years ago… (She’ll never forget her Paper Mag stint, a great experience and one of the toughest back then!) Here is a fabulous photo shoot by our Art Department intern Alev, inspired by the newest arrival to our Fall collection, the Misha clutch.

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