Botkier handbags founder and designer Monica Botkier has made it a tradition to team up with celebrity friends to benefit Oxfam International, a charity dedicated to fighting poverty across the globe. This season, Botkier collaborated with actress Lake Bell in an exclusive design available only on Shopbop. We talked with the designer about her work with Bell, her past collaborations, and the importance of supporting Oxfam.
Shopbop: What made you decide to collaborate with Lake Bell, and how does her style align with the Botkier aesthetic?
Monica Botkier: I am a huge Lake Bell fan. She’s a native New Yorker like me, and we vibe on many levels. Lake has a fantastic aesthetic and her style is strong, effortlessly cool. Botkier is all about high design and function meets fashion. Lake really wanted to use beautiful browns and neutrals with sleek but quiet hardware—nothing too frilly! We both love ’70s vintage and created this silhouette that is both fresh and classic.
SB: Tell us a little about the inspiration behind the bag’s design.
MB: Creatively we were in sync immediately. We talked about designing a bag that wasn’t too big, and could be easily worn cross-body but also had a top handle. Very ’70s inspired. Vintage and modern that will look more beautiful the more you wear it. She really loved the idea of colorblocking, which is totally on-trend.
SB: This is not the first time you’ve paired up with a celebrity to benefit Oxfam International. Past collaborations have included Michelle Trachtenberg, Minnie Driver, and Joy Bryant. What has made each collaboration special?
MB: These women are incredibly talented and dynamic and want to give back. This Botkier x Oxfam collaboration is the perfect way to express ourselves creatively and work with people we respect while doing something good! Each of these celebrities has a unique point of view and style that I really admire.
SB: Why do you feel Oxfam International is an important organization to support?
MB: Oxfam is a global reaching charity that fights poverty, focusing on women and environmental issues. Right now, in particular, I feel there is a need for outreach on this level.