Fashion photographer turned entrepreneur, Monica Botkier, switched her photography career to a fashion career within six months of creating the bag that would change her name into a global enterprise – the beloved Trigger Bag. In her earlier beginnings as an up-in-coming fashion photographer, her quickly acclaimed photos graced the pages of Teen Vogue, Mademoiselle, Fitness and Seventeen, to name a few. Ten years later, Monica’s love and expertise in photography are displayed through the Botkier advertising campaigns – her most recent campaign, the Botkier Spring 2013 Collection. She describes, “The attention to detail and movement you have as a photographer certainly helped train my eye – also being around great accessories in my previous career as a photographer has helped influence my current one.” In the creation of the Botkier Fall 2013 campaign, Monica synergized her love for photography and handbags into one aesthetic through the introduction of the Archive Collection, a limited edition canvas printed tote highlighting her personal vintage camera collection – one that she arguably is most proud of amongst the many other collections she has created over the years in accessories.
MONICA’S VINTAGE CAMERA COLLECTION
“People always ask me how I started and I love telling the story because it still inspires me,” Monica smiles. “You can achieve dreams you didn’t even know you had if you follow your gut and work with passion. I decided that the designer bags out there were not functional enough and too expensive so I took the leathers I had intended to bind my portfolio books with and found a manufacturer to bring my sketches to life. It wasn’t until a few years later that I found out my Russian grandfather surname Botkier, manufactured handbags 50 years ago…”