Botkier Celebrates Street Style Spring Giveaway

Planet Botkier March 24, 2011

What better way to honor Bill Cunningham, the original street-style photographer and fellow New Yorker, than to offer one of our loyal fans the chance to get their “street-style” on?

Beginning Thursday March 24th, 2011 we’ll be offering one lucky Botkier fan the chance to win a Spring 2011 Botkier bag and to be featured in a street style shoot by Monica Botkier.

Also one lucky winner will win two tickets to see “Bill Cunningham New York” at the Film Forum here in New York City, to be announced Saturday, March 26th, 2011.

We love seeing Botkier street style and we’re constantly inspired by some of our favorite bloggers, as seen above (Aimee Song and Carolina Engeman).

Essentially, that’s how Botkier began – a girl, with her camera, and a bag.

Become a fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or visit our Nolita Boutique to enter – the winner will be chosen on Friday, April 1st, 2011.


About the film:

“We all get dressed for Bill,” says Vogue editrix Anna Wintour.

The “Bill” in question is 80+ New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.” Documenting uptown fixtures (Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller—who all appear in the film out of their love for Bill), downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham’s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair. In turn, Bill Cunningham New York is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace.

*No Purchase Necessary

* Photographs by Mattias Swenson for Fashion Squad, Aimee Song of Song of Style + Tanya Brown

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Q & A with Monica about Lake Bell for Oxfam

Planet Botkier March 18, 2011


What made you decide to collaborate with Lake Bell, and how does her style align with the Botkier aesthetic?

I am a huge Lake Bell fan. She’s a native New Yorker like me and we vibe on many levels. Lake has a fantastic aesthetic and her style is strong, effortlessly cool. Botkier is all about high design, function meets fashion. Lake really wanted to use beautiful browns and neutrals with sleek but quiet hardware, nothing too frilly! We both love seventies vintage and created this silhouette that is both fresh and classic.

Can you tell us a little about the inspiration behind the bag’s design?

Creatively we were in sync immediately. We talked about designing a bag that wasn’t too big, easily worn cross-body but also top handle, very seventies inspired. Vintage and modern that will look more beautiful the more you wear it. She really loved the idea of color blocking and this is totally on trend.

This is not the first time you’ve paired up with a celebrity to benefit Oxfam International. Past collaborations have included Michelle Trachtenberg, Minnie Driver, and Joy Bryant. What has made each collaboration special?

Each of these woman are incredibly talented and dynamic and want to give back. This Botkier x Oxfam collaboration is the perfect way to express ourselves creatively, work with people we respect while doing something good! Each of these celebs have a unique point of view and style that I really admire.

Why do you feel Oxfam International is an important organization to support?

Oxfam is a global reaching charity that fights poverty, focusing on women and environmental issues. Right now in particular I feel there is a need for outreach on this level. What’s unique about Oxfam is that their reach is so wide they are able to help people around the world at local levels.





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Q&A WITH MARGOT ELENA

Planet Botkier March 01, 2011

What triggered you to create TokyoMilk, Lollia, and Love&Toast? Which line came first in the history of your collections?

I have literally been creating beautiful scenes since the 7th grade when I turned my bedroom into a mock retail store complete with clothing rail, lighting and display! I guess that comes from having really creative parents – my father was a classically trained musician and my mother, a fine artist. From an early age I have just looked at the world through the eyes of an artist, loving to dream up, design and develop complete environments full of beautiful treasures.

After I graduated from college, I took my entire savings of $2000 and opened up my first shop that was filled with handmade bath and body products wrapped in beautiful, custom packaging. It wasn’t long before I created my first nationally distributed bath and body line, Bloom; and throughout the years, my love for designing has led me to create a number of brands, each with distinct personalities: Archive, Lollia, TokyoMilk, Love & Toast, as well as new lines like the Poetic License Candle Boutiquerie from Lollia, and my latest TokyoMilk Dark.

I just find so much joy in creating treasures for my customers to fall in love with, that my busy brain never shuts off – I am always dreaming up new lines, collections, worlds and brands!

Tell me about the playful and intricate packaging – what inspires the design and illustrations that cause the amazing products?

I am truly committed to creating signature, standout, sophisticated packaging, with the intention of always reaching the most beautiful design possibilities. When I design, I really take a “no detail overlooked” approach, being mindful of each product always having a distinct something extra to make it that much more personal and intriguing. I believe that beautiful products are inseparable from beautiful environments, so I design both to create a really rich context. I want my customers to fall in love with the packaging in store and then when they take it home, to discover something totally new!

Here at our Botkier showroom we use TokyoMilk products for our “fancy” bathroom, but what are a few of your most popular products and customer favorites, whether they be candles, lotions, or cosmetics?

The Lollia Shea Butter Handcremes have been called a “cult classic” by many, which always makes me smile since I worked for years perfecting the formula. And Dead Sexy from TokyoMilk has been quite a standout in the line – people really love its darker notes. Each of my brands have so many different treasures that make up the world, that our customers can always discover something that speaks to them.

Any new projects or designs coming out for Spring? What smells remind you of the spring season?

For Spring, we have lots of exciting newness to add to the lines. The Poetic License Candle Boutiquerie from Lollia with “Butterflies,” “Dandelion,” and “Running in Grass Barefoot” all conjuring up spring.

The Femme Fatale collection launches from TokyoMilk Dark and the vibrant, colorful new offerings from Love & Toast come alive with so many exciting new treasures!

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BOTKIER LOVES BALDESSARI

Planet Botkier November 03, 2010

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the opening of John Baldessari’s Pure Beauty at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His latest retrospective at the Met includes drawings, paintings, photos, and books ranging from his earliest work to new pieces- five decades of thought-provoking work that makes this a must see. A favorite artist of mine, Baldessari pioneered the conceptual movement and inspired a generation of artists.

We’ve teamed up together to create a limited edition black cowhide tote, benefiting the Independent Curators International. Mr. Baldessari designed the ICI logo on the inside pocket and the metal key charm with the replica of his signature, in addition to the print on the face.

Available through ICI and our Nolita Boutique today!

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