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…