Planet Botkier September 08, 2013

So we know back to school isn’t as exciting as all the commercials make it look, but we’ve picked some ideas, tricks, and must haves to help you hit the classrooms, cafeteria, lockers, dorms, and even the library with confidence and ease.  So whether you’re heading back to high school, moving into your college dorms, or just excited about the fall school fashion we’ve got the best back to school bags just for you!


Change in Weather calls for Leather!

Planet Botkier August 23, 2013

As the weather cools down and the edgier fashion starts to come out grab the coolest items in your closet! Go from shorts and dresses to leggings and scarves using these transitional pieces.  Rock your outfit with a great bag and a classic leather jacket. Nothing says Fall more than leather and deep, sexy colors which is what you’ll find in this season’s line.  This Season we’re showing off some classic styles, keeping it edgy, while representing that refreshing crisp Fall air that everyone can’t wait to throw a jacket on for. No matter what your style is, we’ve got the look for you! Here are our top picks for leather jackets each paired with a beautiful Botkier bag great for Falling Forward.









Planet Botkier August 09, 2013

From the beginning, the most coveted Botkier has been the Trigger. It’s the bag that launched it all!

This bag definitely has a presence, unique design, and functionality that Botkier has become synonymous with. The Trigger reached cult status when it was first introduced in 2003 and continues to be a must have today. The Trigger is Botkier’s baby, women all over the world covet this handbag including celebs and our favorite style icons.

Monica Botkier, Founder and Creative Director of Botkier, was a fashion photographer when she created her own dream bag and it turned out to be exactly what modern women wanted and needed. Check out the timeline with the evolution of Trigger below and welcome Botkier’s new LEGACY satchel! This bag has been updated and re-imagined as we are celebrate our 10 year anniversary, we present to you our new LEGACY!



Planet Botkier August 02, 2013

The most delicious week, Restaurant Week has 292 establishments participating in this year’s wonderful, wonderful event and we want everyone to treat their taste buds and go check it out.  “How wonderful is it?” you may ask, well we’re certainly glad you did so here’s the breakdown of how Restaurant Week works.  First you register with any eligible Master Card and then dine at any participating restaurants from now until August 16th using that same card.  You get three courses at lunch for $25 or three courses at dinner for $38 a person.  For each time you dine, the card used will receive a $5 statement credit.  Of course there are some places that are better than others, so we’ve searched the internet to see just which restaurants offer the best food and the best deal for you lucky Botkier Foodies!

Get some classic dishes that are beautifully prepared,  but still deliciously close to home.
Location: 299 Bowery (Btwn Houston & 1st St.)

“DBGB Kitchen and Bar is Chef Daniel Boulud’s downtown place where the French brasserie meets the American tavern.  Guests enjoy 12 varieties of house-made sausage, mouthwatering burgers and towering shellfish platters, in addition to seasonal Lyonnais-inspired bistro cooking.  For beer lovers, there are over 2- drafts to choose from and another 75 by-the bottle, plus a full wine list.  At dessert, dig into the classics: baked Alaska, soufflés, and ice cream sundaes.”

Photo credit via, UrbanSpoon

Proudly known to be one of the most wanted tables in New York according to the Eater, Red Rooster has got some comfort food that’s sure to make anyone’s experience pure happiness.
Location: 310 Lenox Avenue, Harlem (Lunch Only)

“Whether it’s the Fried Yard Bird with the Rakiem Walker Project’s fusion of hip-hop, jazz and soul on Mondays, a mojito and salsa dancing to Johnny Mambo and his Latin Band on Tuesdays, or a slice of gospel and soul with Boncellia Lewis at Sunday Brunch, Red Rooster always brings you the best in dining, cocktails, and live entertainment. With additional live jazz performances and world-class DJs almost every night, Red Rooster is the place to see and to be seen seven days a week.”

Photo credit via Three Many Cooks

Let the soon-to-be-greats take you to another world all in one place as you’re served up their daring concoctions that their trained kitchen skills carefully prepared for. These students are fighting to impress you so it’s a win-win!
Location: 462 Broadway

“Before greats like Bobby Flay, David Chang, and Dan Barber entered the culinary industry, they were students who dazzled diners at L’Ecole. As one of New York City’s premier restaurants, offering a top-quality dining experience at a great value, L’Ecole is where students of The International Culinary Center’s culinary arts program impress guests with their cooking on a daily basis.”

Photo Credit Via L’Ecole

This place is famous for the food as well as the guests.  President Obama and Clinton dined here together in 2009.
Location: 37 East 60th Street or 86 West Third Street

“Il Mulino New York brings expert technique and impeccable service to the authentic cuisine of the Abruzzo region of Italy. Nestled along the Adriatic coast, Abruzzo is one of Italy’s most beautiful and fertile regions. Abruzzese cooks are known for turning fresh, simple ingredients into sumptuous feasts. For three decades, Il Mulino New York has stayed true to this heritage of exquisitely prepared, farm-fresh meat, fish, and vegetables, served with a level of skill and innovation that have kept it at the forefront of fine dining.”

Photo Credit Via Il Mulino

Try a number of hot and cold dishes from Nobu for a truly unique Japanese cuisine experience with a Peruvian twist.  It’s a great way to taste the world while staying local.

“Nobu New York, the flagship restaurant of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, has been a pioneer for Japanese cuisine since its opening in 1994. Nobu partnered with restaurateur Drew Nieporent, Meir Teper, and Oscar-winning actorRobert De Niro to bring his modern Japanese to Tribeca. Nobu draws upon his classical training at sushi bars in Tokyo and his life abroad in Peru, Argentina, and around the world to create a whole new trend in Japanese cuisine. “

Photo Credit Via Nobu



Planet Botkier July 28, 2013

Do you just love to stop and stare at street art? Well you’re not alone.
We love New York City because of the amazing graffiti art that is displayed all throughout by talented artists.
We’ve got the scoop on some great pieces in the streets for you!

Graff Tours
Each tour is guided by a graffiti expert who will help you understand the real meaning behind each piece of artwork. Also, if you’re feeling super inspired after the tour, Graff Tours offers graffiti lessons so you can try this expressive, badass art.

The SOHO Tour begins at the corner of Bleeker and Bowery.  It takes about 90 minutes and costs $25 (student discount is available). This particular tour takes you around SOHO and will show artists like; Shepard Fairey, ROA, Nick Walker, JR, and graffiti writers like Toro, Katsu, and Giant One.

The New Wave Street Art Tour showcases newer graffiti artists like; Cern, Never, and even Dan Witz can be taken in Williamsburg.  These tours begin at Bedford Ave. and 7th St.  It’s about 90 minutes and costs $25 (student discount is available).

The Bushwick Tour is said to be for more advanced graffiti enthusiasts.  You will be able to see more local artists express their work in deep Brooklyn.  Specific locations will be emailed after purchase. This tour takes about 90 minutes and costs $25 (student discount is available).

Graff Tours offers a full graffiti lesson as well.  Each lessons costs $45 (student discount available).  Locations for this vary throughout Brooklyn.

“We want to do away with the negative connotation a lot of people have with graffiti and street art. We show people that it can be used constructively, and bring about positive change in the environment.”
- Tour guide, Kate Murphy tells the New York Post

Photo Credit Via Graff Tours, The Story of Pat and Linda Blog

Saddle Shoe Tours

Offers an eye into the wonderful world of street art.  They believe that street art is an important part of the NYC landscape.  They offer two types of tours as well as a photography workshop. Saddle Shoe likes to think of their tours as Urban Scavenger Hunts.  It’s all about finding beautiful art that people walk by on a daily basis.  It’s art that’s right under your nose.

The Lower East Side to SOHO Tour offers a mix of commissioned and illegal graffiti art.  These works of art are found in unexpected places and all hold a story.  The starting point for this tour is at 2nd Ave. and 2nd. St. and it takes you all the way to Wooster and Grands.

The Meatpacking to Chelsea Tour takes you through the recently transformed Meatpacking neighborhood and then up to Chelsea.  There you will see painted murals, mosaic tiles, sculptures, art embedded in sidewalks, and truly see how versatile street art is.  The starting point for this tour is 14th St. and 9th Ave. and it takes you to 23rd St. and 10th Ave

All tours are held on weekends and $100 for up to 4 attendees.  Each additional person is $20.  Booking in advance is necessary.

Photo Credit Via Saddle Shoe Tours

5 Pointz NYC Graffiti Tour

A detailed showing of the Long Island City warehouse turn mural canvas and a visit to the roof which shows the juxtaposition of the colorful graffiti Manhattan skyline are included in the $35 fee.  Tours are exclusive and must be booked in advance. Artists from Japan to Brazil have left their mark on this building – Australian artist James Cochran, New Zealand Artist OD have very memorable additions to the warehouse just to name a few.  Tours can be booked through Side Tour.

Photo Credit Via 5ptz

For more street art tours / walks please visit Time Out.


Bowery Graffiti Wall

E Houston St at Bowery – a great Popeye mural done by Os Gêmeos, Shepard Fairey, Lady Aiko and more.

Bronx Wall of Fame

E 173rd St at West Farms Rd, Bronx – incredible brick wall mural done by Late Queens legend Iz the Wiz, Long Island’s Phetus and L.A.’s MSK crew and more.

5 Pointz

45-46 Davis St at Jackson Ave, Long Island City, Queens – 5 story building, 200,000 sq foot surface done by countless artists including Tats Cru, Stay High 149, Sway and more.

Tuff City

650 Fordham Rd at Belmont Ave, Bronx – Tattoo shop which now doubles as a graffiti artist haven done by Brazilian twins Os Gêmeos, Cope2, the late Iz the Wiz and more.

The Bushwick Collective

Troutman St at St. Nicholas Ave, Bushwick, Brooklyn – Local blocks covered in art by PIxelpancho, Cost, Dan Witz, Swoon and Nychos.

Photo Credit Via TimeOut


We love graffiti and art so much, our Botkier Babes went to Bushwick, Brooklyn & took some #BOTKIERSTREETSTYLE
pictures. Check out Botkier on the streets!

Photo Credit via Botkier.