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.
Paul and Lainie Schreiber for Latico Leathers
Fresh out of college in 1985, Paul began selling leather goods out of his car trunk store-to-store in NYC. His casual, down-to-earth ways translated into bags that reflected the same qualities- mellow, leather basics with laid-back comfort and artisan quality. Specialty boutiques in Greenwich Village couldn't keep his merchandise in stock and soon the ever-famous rock group, The Grateful Dead and crew became fans of his naked-leather bags. As this was Latico's first lucky charm, it invited many other musicians to seek out our bags. Paul's fledgling leather company with a rock & roll twist was on its way to grow further in the leather basics industry.
So the story goes, downtown boy meets uptown girl and ... beautiful bags were born. With a New York Fashion background and an eye for crafting modern classics, Lainie launched Latico 's celebrated seasonal women's collection. Attention to details such as patent-pending dual function hardware, saturated colors, unexpected leather treatments, and extensive interior organization have become Latico signature features.
In addition to private label, Latico has also been the exclusive licensee for The Sharper Image, Frye, and Invicta. Latico always remember the grassroots from which we came, supplying heirloom-quality leather goods to boutique specialty shops across the country as they celebrate their 35th anniversary of their truly independent brand.