Tallulah and the girls Sloane, 7 and Olive, 2 went upstairs and raided their mother’s walk- in closet while their brother Saige, 3 stayed downstairs playing with trucks-naturally! It’s inevitable these girls will grow up fashionistas when your mother is one of New York City’s hottest Accessories designer Monica Botkier! We were invited to their beautiful Brownstone in Brooklyn where they live-we’re neighbors! Saige and Tallulah also attend the same school in this wonderful neighborhood of Fort Greene. Tallulah was in awe of Sloane’s pink Moroccan inspired-fit for a princess bedroom complete with a deep fuschia canopy from ABC Home & Carpet which I’m tempted to recreate in white at home. Monica and Sloane customized the canopy with butterflies and a dreamcatcher! Oh to be 7 years old again! After taking Monica’s closet hostage and leaving a trail of high heels behind them, Slaone led the way downstairs- playing piano and dancing to The Nutcracker.
I was struck by the strong photographs throughout the house particularly a portrait of a woman by the German photographer Gerald Forster. Monica started in the fashion industry as a photographer herself that is until in 2003 frustrated with non functional, over priced designer bags Monica designed herself the now iconic Trigger Botkier Bag-models and editors started putting in their orders and an empire was born! Fast forward to 2012 and every A-list actress has them draped over their shoulders!
Since 2009, Monica has teamed up with Michelle Trachtenberg, Joy Bryant, Minnie Driver and Lake Bell to design bags to help benefit Oxfam International.
The Botkier flagship store is located in Nolita, 246 Mott street, NYC.