‘Tried-And-True’ – Happy Halloween Hunting!

Planet Botkier October 27, 2013

It’s getting to be that time of year when the sky gets darker earlier, the moon become more full … and the zombies start waking up and emerging from the earth. To us ladies, this can only mean one thing Halloween is near and we must run our tails over to Party City for a last minute costume trip.

In the meantime, we scour the internet for viable (and respectable) options which we think, this year, will prove to be a more successful and uplifting search than the last. In the end, we’re ashamed to have been tricked yet again by our hope and yearning for the ease of purchasing a full costume in a bag that will satisfy – we are left feeling distraught, agony, disbelief, and degraded as the female race.

In this week’s post, us Botkier Babes thought it only appropriate to highlight some of the worst and some of the best from the net. For those of you that wish to ROCK your creativity this year, as we all do – god speed and ‘Happy Heavy Lifting’ to you. Perhaps we’ll save the 20 Amazon purchases, 1 eBay bid, and Michaels’ line for next year …



The WORST (or best? Depending on how you look at it …)

Photo Credit: Costumes Super Center

Photo Credit: eBay

Photo Credit: Tree Sugar

Photo Credit: eBay

The BEST (in our eyes) — RESPECT LADIES!


Photo Credit: Eat Sleep Work


Photo Credit: What I Wore


Photo Credit: IMGUR


Photo Credit: The Neat Life


Photo Credit: Scarlett London



Archive Collection

Planet Botkier October 14, 2013

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.




“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…”


Apples to Apples!

Planet Botkier September 27, 2013

September and October is officially apple picking season.  Whether you’re in it for the warm cider and doughnuts – apple picking is just a fun seasonal activity to enjoy with family and friends. We’ve compiled a list of orchards and farms to choose from that are a train, bus, or car drive away if you’re in the NY/NJ area.  So put your favorite boots and flannel on and embrace the season!

Lewin Farms

812 Sound Ave, Wading River, NY

Hours: 9 AM- 5 PM


Photo Credit via Lewin Farms

Wickham’s Fruit Farm

28700 Main Road, Cuchogue, NY

Hours: 9 AM- 5 PM


Photo Credit via Wickham’s Fruit Farm

Woodside Orchards

P.O. Box 1703, Southold, NY

Hours: 10:30 AM- 5:30 PM


Photo Credit via Woodside Orchards

Battleview Orchards

91 Wemrock Road, Freehold, NJ

Hours: 9 AM- 6 PM


Photo Credit via Battleview Orchards

Masker Orchards

45 Ball Road, Warwick, NY

Hours: 9 AM- 5 PM


Photo Credit via Masker Orchards

Ochs Orchard

4 Ochs Lane, Warwick, NY

Hours: 9 AM – 6 PM


Photo Credit via Ochs Orchard

We just happen to know about a quaint little town celebrating apples right! Just a bus ride from Manhattan is Warwick, New York where they have a whole weekend festival dedicated to the popular fruit of the season.  You can find vendors, food, baked goods, contests, rides, and everything apples!

Warwick’s Applefest

Hudson Valley Village of Warwick

October 6, 2013   10 AM- 5 PM


Photo Credit via Warwick Applefest


Falling for Botkier

Planet Botkier September 20, 2013

Check out how some of our Botkier Babes style their Botkier bags!

1. Jordan Reid from Ramshackle Glam with Botkier Legacy Top Handle in Black
2. Christina Cardona from Trop Rouge with Botkier Key Satchel in French Blue
3. Carolina Engman from FashionSquad with Botkier Honore Hobo in Wine
4. Christine Bo Herr from NYCPretty with Botkier Legacy Top Handle in Purple
5. Karolina Baszak with Botkier Legacy Satchel Black
6. Aimee Song from Song of Style with Botkier Honore Hobo in French Blue
7. Serena Goh from Spicy Stiletto with Botkier Honore Crossbody in Latte
8. JohnnyBell from NYTrendyMoms with Botkier Honore Satchel in Latte
9. Wendy Lam from Nitrolicious with Botkier Legacy Top Handle in Black
10. Indie Electronic Alternative Fashion Music with Botkier Honore Crossbody in Black Canvas
11. By Judy Bloom with Botkier Honore Crossbody in Black
12. Jessie Artigue from Style and Pepper with Botkier Legacy Top Handle in Smoke Petrol

News has been buzzing with celebrity style! Check out how our Botkier celebs style their new Botkier bags!

1. Shiri Appleby with Botkier Legacy Satchel in Smoke Petrol
2. Julianne Hough with Botkier Jackson Mini Satchel in Almond
3. Olivia Munn with Botkier Honore Hobo in Black
4. Kristen Bell with Botkier Wanderlust EW Shopper in Black
5. Emily VanCamp with Botkier Honore Hobo in Black
6. Joy Bryant with Botkier Cruz Crossbody in Ultra Violet


Fall Fashion Picks

Planet Botkier September 14, 2013

After a week of Fashion, New York has been buzzing with trends and inspiration.
Check out our top favorite Fall fashion picks!

1. Etoile Isabel Marant Kady Washed Leather Jacket

2. Mara Hoffman Leopard Pullover

3. Bing Bang NYC Double Trident Ring

4. Anna Sheffield Pave Licol Ring

5.  DSquared2 Women’s Suit

6. Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer

7. NARS Fairy’s Kit Eyeshadow Palette, Eye Paint & Semi Matte Lipstick

8. Bing Bang NYC Sacred Geometry Cuff/ Brass

9. Alice & Olivia Magda Suede Over the Knee Boots

9. Botkier Legacy Satchel