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.

Presented By

Patricia Nash

Designer and entrepreneur Patricia Nash moved to Knoxville in 1999 where she began creating handbags for dozens of household brands. She loved Tennessee so much that when the company decided to move to Los Angeles, Patricia left the company to stay in Knoxville. Considering her next career move, Patricia was lured to New York City and commuted there weekly for several years designing for other brands. In 2007, Patricia moved back to Knoxville and launched a company to license and produce handbags for other brands. Soon however, after much inspiration and encouragement, she launched her namesake brand Patricia Nash Designs in 2010 - a line of affordable hand-crafted leather bags inspired by memories of travel, family, and her life. Her collections pay homage to vintage craftsmanship through delicate, hand-finished detailing and a fresh take on timeless styles. Patricia Nash's lifestyle brand has now grown to include Gift Items, Scarves, Luggage, Footwear and Nash for Men, and can be found in major retailers across the US including Macy's, Dillard's, Belk, and HSN. In 2019, the brand will launch Jewelry and Fashion accessories, and can also be found on QVC.