This year Monica Botkier of BOTKIER, will receive the 2014 IHDA ICONOCLAST Award. Born and raised in New York, fashion photographer turned internationally celebrated handbag designer, Monica Botkier, switched her photography career in 2003 to one in fashion which, six months later, would change her name into a global enterprise after introducing the highly coveted "Trigger" bag. In her early beginnings, Monica saw a void in the marketplace and quickly became recognized and honored into the CFDA as the first independent accessories designer to offer luxury, designer handbags at an approachable price-point. The Botkier bag's premiere focus is of functionality and versatility and each prides itself on its craftsmanship of the finest leathers, jewelry-inspired hardware, and custom detailing. Monica's urban roots continue to inspire her to construct timeless silhouettes that appeal to confident, style-savvy woman worldwide including celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Beyonce, Halle Berry, Jessica Alba, and Rihanna.
Established in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1991, HOBOâs origins lie within the craft of leather. When Toni Ray, creator of the legendary 1970s D.C. Leather Shop, Georgetown Leather, passed the brand to her daughter, Koren Ray, in 2006, they both wanted to keep the company firmly grounded in the belief that our possessions should reflect our journey. Raised on the road in a VW bus, and spending time under the craft bench as her mother worked in her iconic shop, Koren learned first-hand to create with beauty, soul, and purpose. As HOBO thrives as a second generation, privately owned and family-operated brand, Koren and her husband, David Brewer, focus on creating beautiful, authentic leather goods that are made to last. They stay true to their passion and enduring design philosophy with handpicked leathers, timeless designs, flawless functionality, and a nostalgic tribute to the methods and soul of the 70s, creating bags that only get better with age. The HOBO Collection can be found at fine boutiques and department stores, as well as online at hobobags.com