Planet Botkier August 03, 2010

Last week, we celebrated the debut of our sexy Fall 2010 collection with a live Twitter chat. We opened up the conversation to our lovely fans and followers to ask Monica Botkier their own questions. Quite impressed with what our friends had to ask, we’re archiving our favorite questions from the event. Thank you to all who chimed in – and if you’re still curious, feel free to leave us a question here, or via our Facebook or Twitter page.

Fashionista829: “I am in love with your Fall’10 handbags! What was your inspiration behind the collection?”

MB: Fall 2010 is all about embracing your inner bad girl. Sleek and sexy, always functional always luxe.

ZoeSerendipity: “Hi Monica, was wondering how living in New York effects your design aesthetics. Do you consider NYC a sort of… muse?”

MB: Born and bred! I love NYC and the women here inspire me every day xoxo

LaurenBurks10: “Monica, what made you decide to team up with Purseblog to design a handbag?”

MB: We love @purseblog and all the dedicated TPF’ers. They share my ultimate passion for handbags!

Purseblog: “Who do you envision wearing the Botkier + PurseBlog collaboration design?”

MB: All of the TPF’ers that voted and were truly a part of the design. Smart, modern women who are fashion forward!

MishieMonroe: “Did you study design prior to designing handbags? What did you do before career as a handbag designer? Love the TPF combo!”

MB: I was always an art student and focused on photography at NYU. I became a fashion photographer before starting Botkier.

FashionNBarbie: “I love your bags- do u have any plans to open a boutique in the UK?”

MB: We just opened our first flagship in Nolita 246 Mott St. Plans for expansion are in the pipelines, stay tuned!

Lizardann27: “My 12 year old is interested in designing. I suggested bags/shoes etc., where should she go after high school for education or training?”

MB: So is my 5 year old! I would recommend Parsons or FIT in NYC. She can always intern at Botkier too!

Johanna T: “When is the Sophia for fall 2010 going to be available?”

MB: Sophia is one of my favorites, will be available mid August on I love the Silver Powder color!

Danielle T: “It appears that the Bryant Satchel isn’t available anymore. Do you plan on making anymore?”

MB: Bryant was inspired by close friend @JoyBryantand was a hit in 07. SO we did a collabo for @Oxfam NOW available @shopbop!!!!

Kara L: “Who are some of your favorite designers? Which brands do you love to wear?”

MB: Tucker dresses rock, @marahoffman for dresses and swimwear, anna sheffield @bingbangnyc and manon von gerkan for jewelry

MyFDB: “What bag do you carry? + How often do you switch it up?”

MB: I am loving my Ava Hobo in black, I switch it up monthly but this one will be hard to move from. Bijoux satchel is next!

Elicia:What was your first design? Did you know then that you had found something truly special?”

MB: The Trigger satchel was my first design and is now a Botkier classic. We bring it back from time to time…and yes I did know:)

Wanderlustiam:Monica, do you have any plans to introduce more exotics?”

MB: Love exotics, Botkier has become known for our unique interpretations. Look out for Amazonia snake @NeimanMarcus!

Vitsky: “Do you wear other designer handbags besides your own design?”

MB: Botkier has so many styles I rarely have time BUT I love Miu Miu, Barbara Bui and vintage.

Payton:Will the TPF collobo bag be offered in other colors?”

MB: 10000 TPF’ers voted for decided the final color choice. One of a kind, I love it and hope you do too. Available now @saks.

Ele: “When Monica started her business, what were the largest obstacles and how did she conquer them?”

MB: Saved the best for last! Keeping up with demand, getting production going and learning the business in a flash. xoxo, Monica