The 8th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards

The Carlos Falchi

Iconoclast recipient

Monica Botkier

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.