Monica Botkier set out to create the perfect bag when she founded her line in 2003, and the Botkier Michelle Satchel, co-designed with Michelle Trachtenberg to benefit of Oxfam International, just might be it. I talked to Monica about working with the Gossip Girl actress, her ongoing support for Oxfam’s international development and disaster relief, and the details that make the on-trend navy-and-black bag special.
Tonya: How did this collaboration come about?
Monica Botkier: It happened very organically. Michelle has been very supportive of Botkier and over the years we developed a great relationship. We tossed around the idea of designing something together several times, but it materialized after we saw each other at an Oxfam event last February. We wanted to do more to support this incredible charity and Michelle approached me about designing a bag to benefit Oxfam. And here we are!
TS: Michelle Trachtenberg has such great personal style. How is that reflected in the design of the handbag?
MB: Michelle has amazing style; it comes very naturally to her. Her style resonates with me because it’s hip and chic, yet effortless. This is very similar to my design philosophy. The Michelle Satchel is a gorgeous shimmery navy leather that is accented with black leather trim. This combination is fashion-forward and has a definite edge. The braided leather handles and gunmetal hardware are understatedly cool and the outside pockets and detachable strap make it functional. Very “busy modern woman,” very Michelle, and very Botkier.
TS: I love how Botkier is donating 50% of the proceeds to Oxfam International. What made you decide to support that organization in particular?
MB: Oxfam is dedicated to fighting poverty globally, and funds go directly to the people who need it. It’s a charity that we have both been involved with and supportive of, so the decision was very natural. Oxfam really understands and supports women all over the world. They realize that the world’s female population is often directly affected by any global crisis, and this was important to me.