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Tuesday, April 19th 2011

5 Minutes with Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca Minkoff in the Shopbop studio with some of her handbag designs.

A tried and true Shopbop favorite, we’ve followed Rebecca Minkoff’s line since it launched as a collection of must-have bags in 2005, and we hopped onboard with the designer’s addition of apparel in 2009 and shoes last fall. Rebecca stopped by the Shopbop offices and warehouse Monday for a tour, and we took the opportunity to ask her a few questions.

Shopbop: Let’s start by talking about Rebecca Minkoff clothing. What was the inspiration behind the spring collection?
Rebecca Minkoff: The inspiration was kind of a bohemian gypsy, but not necessarily, you know, a dirty hippie. It’s more about the idea that you’re always on the road, traveling, and exposed to a lot of different cultures and places, and what would be the outfits you’d wear for that.

SB: Who is the Rebecca Minkoff girl?
RM: The Rebecca Minkoff girl is unique. She wants to stand out, but not so much so that it’s uncomfortable. She’s downtown, has a bit of an edge, and she puts together a look that’s not completely “I just walked off of the runway.” There’s a little bit of an eclectic style to her.

SB: This season your bags are getting some new fabric treatments and you’ve added a few new silhouettes. Which one are you most excited about?
RM: I think I’m most excited about the Affair. It’s a quilted bag with an adjustable chain strap, and there are studs on it but it’s not too overwhelming.
Ed. Note: The Affair was a customer fave too—it’s currently sold out on Shopbop.

SB: You launched Rebecca Minkoff shoes this season. What made you decide to move into footwear?
RM: I have a footwear problem. I have way too much of it, so someone said to me, “Why don’t you just start shoes already? You seem to know what you like.” It was the next logical progression.

SB: And finally, with the warm weather just around the corner, what is going to be your summer uniform?
RM: Because I’m pregnant and I’m only going to get larger, I’m going to be wearing a lot of maxi dresses this summer.

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