After years of shooting for magazines like Surface and Mademoiselle, Brooklyn-native Fashion Photographer Monica Botkier had seen her share of handbags. Inspired by her work, she decided to make her own perfect bag, which has so far been a huge success. Made from only the most delicious of leathers, and gussied up to the hilt with hidden pockets and playful tassels, Botkier started her line with the popular Trigger Bag. From there, her bags have graced the pages of Vogue and Nylonâ€”to name just two– and the shoulders of the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyonce and Angela Basset. The collection has grown into eight different styles and features eye-catching colors, such as buttercup and almond. She also keeps up with the mettalic trends of late with gold, silver, acid and steel. Utilitarian as they are classy, fun as they are functional and timeless as they are trendy, youâ€™ll love your Botkier bag today as much as you will when you pull it out of the back of your closet down the road. www.botkier.com. Prices vary, starting at $475. Available all over the country from Barneys New York to Chicagoâ€™s Active Endeavors; also on line at www.shopbop.com. You can also score a deal on ebay.
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