Aimee Song of Song of Style and Monica Botkier trooped on down to Miami last week to hang out for an inspiration tour as part of the 2011 Vogue Eyewear CFDA City Collection project. Botkier will be introducing our first ever sunglass design in October 2011 which will be sold at Sunglass Huts everywhere! In particular we were thrilled to see how Aimee Song took our accessories: eyewear and bags, in our inspirational city of Miami and in turn inspired us with her styling. See her looks below and for more info and Aimee’s take on the trip go to http://songofstyle.blogspot.com
On South Beach with our Eden small satchel in multi-color, Holiday Resort 2011.
South Beach in the afternoon, Aimee is rocking out with color! We love this look, she is wearing the Misha clutch in red, Holiday Resort 2011.
Behind the scenes of the shoot, notice the tattooed forearm of the photo assistant camera right. That breeze felt good but the reflection board was pure torture shooting silver hard light right into our eyes (yes on purpose! suffer for beauty even on film)
Joe’s Stone Crab, definitely a highlight of the shoot. We had to eat their yummy specialty of Stone Crabs over and over and over again! Then they bought out the hash browns and we were ready for a nap!!
The beautiful Aimee Song towards the end of the shoot outside The Webster, talk about inspiring – fashion, food, architecture, books. Our kind of one stop shop! After shooting for 12 hours in the heat we were beyond thrilled to take it all in. Amazing can’t wait to go back!
Summertime seems to have suddenly arrived in Nolita and we don’t think there are enough words to describe how thrilled we are!
Finally, we can do without the layers, embrace the florals, put to use those sandals we just picked up last week hoping that we could have used them then (though the rain seemed to have had other plans!) and get back to wearing anything but BLACK!
A Summertime Must-Have that we love: the crossbody!
Without all the extra things one needs to stay warm and the fact that when it’s hot the last thing you really want to do is carry more than what you actually need, it’s the perfect bag.
The Lobos crossbody in Natural Sunburst is a keeper… more of a medium-sized bag than small, it’s literally the perfect bag for those of you who are just stepping out of the realm of “big bags only”.
We love the soft and supple leather, almost nude though it has a hint of “something else”. (Not your average neautral!) Oh and lets not forget the chain detailing which adds a touch of “downtown” to this everyday boho chic style!
With the perfect bag, you’ll be ready for the perfect day of strolling through Nolita!
Some of our favorite neighborhood spots to hit during the Summer:
The Prince Street Market – Between Mott and Mulberry Street – we love scouring the jewelry stalls here by local designers such as Astrid Schumacher!
The Little Cupcake Bakeshop – On the corner of Prince and Mott Street – They have the perfect iced-coffee to keep you going!
Coclico – On Mott Street between Prince and Houston – One of the best boutiques in the neighborhood – their assortment of summer dresses is kind of crazy, which is why we love them!
Bit & Piece – On Mott Street between Prince and Houston – On a budget but still wanna dress to the nines? Stop by Bit and Piece for everything from your everyday basics to the perfect bikini!
Cafe Habana – On the corner of Elizabeth and Prince – One of the best Mexican restaurants in New York, which also happens to be right around the corner from us. We’re addicted to their corn and the fish sandwich, so good! Dine any time though we recommend avoiding brunch hours during the weekend, unless you don’t mind a long wait.
There’s so much to discover in Nolita – we’ll be updating this list and sharing more of our favorite Summer Must-Haves soon.
Shop online or stop by our Nolita boutique today for your very own Lobos crossbody… and share with us what you love to do come Sunshine & Summertime!
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!