Monica Botkier revealed on Instagram that she is stepping down from her namesake contemporary accessories label, Botkier New York. Botkier, a former fashion photographer, launched her handbag brand in 2003, eventually expanding the range to include small leather goods, belts and shoes. The line was acquired by New York-based Showroom35 in 2012.
In a series of Instagram posts, the designer first quoted her boss Tony Cheng, chief executive officer of Showroom35: “The business has experienced tremendous growth since our partnership with Monica five years ago, I am very grateful for her contributions. Despite leaving her day-to-day responsibilities at the company, I am hopeful she will find the time to stay connected with Botkier in the future. I wish her the very best.”
She then followed up that post with her own thoughts: “I am thankful for the opportunity to work with Tony and his team for the last five years. I know that Botkier New York will be in good hands. It’s a bittersweet decision. They have given me the resources to connect with new customers and pursue new endeavors. I am excited to start my next chapter.”
The accessories line is carried by Shopbop, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s and previously had collaborations with Target, and a capsule collection designed with model Coco Rocha.
Neither Botkier nor Showroom35 could be reached for comment.