Don’t you just love the Internet? The deal-laden world of sample sales was once restricted only to those living in the world’s fashion capitals, but now more and more brands are bringing their sample sales online to give their worldwide fans a shot at some serious savings.

I don’t always get a chance to see a bag before I write about it, but in the case of the Botkier Ava Crossbody Bag, my opinion is one based on familiarity and use. I received one of Fall 2010′s original Ava bags in black from the fine folks at Botkier last year, and it’s a bag I continue to use regularly.

‘Tis official, the holiday shopping season has arrived! We will be bringing you gift guides and holiday picks from some of our favorite designers and stores in the upcoming weeks. To kick it off we asked Monica Botkier what’s her favorite bag for the holiday season.

While the main purpose of our trip to NYC a couple of weeks ago was to find an apartment, Vlad and I knew we had to make a trip to Saks Fifth Avenue NYC to see the Botkier + PurseBlog Limited Edition Bag.

The Botkier + PurseBlog Limited Edition Collaboration Bag has been a long time in the making. We started with an idea, which transformed into reality when we had over 10,000 votes from all of you, and now the bag has not only been produced but also is being sold exclusively at Saks.


We are extremely excited to be sharing this video with you not only because it has been eagerly awaited, but also because of the copious amount of work it took to turn this collaboration from idea to reality.

The Limited Edition Botkier+PurseBlog Sasha Duffle is now exclusively available at Saks.com for $635 and also at the Saks flagship store in New York City!

Now that Saks officially has announced their participation, we can break the silence and share the extremely exciting news that we’ve had to keep secret for a few weeks.

The Botkier + PurseBlog Limited Edition Handbag, which was democratically created by our readers in a two phase process, will be exclusively carried and sold both at the Saks 5th Avenue flagship in New York City and Saks.com, starting in July!

It has been a little while since we have updated you on the Botkier + PurseBlog Exclusive Sasha Bag. Finally we can preview this exciting collaboration, it was all of you who contributed after all. The exclusive bag is just about ready to be sold and we got to see a first prototype.

What better way to unwind after a long day of final exams than to go shopping? I know. It’s hard to beat. I headed downtown to the Botkier Sample Sale to celebrate another year of college successfully finished. I had strict orders from my mother for what she wanted, and I also planned to get something for my grandmother, who’s currently visiting from Mexico.

It truly is Sample Sale time! Just for PurseBlog and PurseForum members, Botkier is inviting you to their special Friends and Family night. Meaning you are invited before everyone else is, that is how much Botkier loves you all! If you can make it, don’t miss it and make sure to tell them you are from PB and tPF.