is not new to us, you, or the fashion world. With the craze surrounding her handbags, this young designer has shot up as a household name. We first interviewed Rebecca
in November of 2007. I was completely nervous at the time. The interview went amazing and since then Becky has become great friends with Vlad and I. So it made sense that our first stop on our NYC trip was to Rebecca Minkoff's showroom to meet with our friend. Since November her handbags have graced the arms of countless celebrities and her following has expanded exponentially.
The Rebecca Minkoff subforum
on tPF is more active than many long time established design houses, only further showing the love of Becky's bags. This time we sat down to ask Becky questions that did not come from us, but came from you.
Our readers and members asked, and Rebecca Minkoff answered:
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PB: Have you ever thought of doing exotics?
Yes, but only for clutches. I have been trying to do it for this coming holiday. I am still researching it. Probably eel, stingray, and baby hair calf.
PB: When is your small line of leather goods coming out?
We are showing them during May market, so they will be coming out for Holiday/Resort. There are going to be three wallets; one that corresponds to the Morning After Bag, one that corresponds to the French Tote, and one that is a play on my Eco-friendly bag. In addition to that, there will be three sizes of pouches for the girl that likes extra compartments to throw in her bag.
PB: Are you considering adding a messenger bag?
That comes in June and it is the Duo.
PB: Many would love longer straps so the bag can fit if they are wearing a coat.
We just sampled longer straps on the MAB and it didn't work, it was just funny. So I came up with the MAB lux which is an updated version of the Morning After Bag with longer straps.
PB: Does your hardware tarnish?
The new hardware has been tested against the most abrasive acidic leathers and it passed. If it does tarnish we will replace it, but it should not tarnish.
PB: So many love the Emerald color. Is that coming back?
Yep! There it is (pointing to it on a Nikki) and it is back for fall. It will ship in August and is the original Emerald.
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PB: Introduce us to Oliver!
How do they know about Oliver? Ha. Oliver is a great bag. And he has a younger sibling, Ollie, who just opens through the sides.
PB: If a Hollywood Celebrity (or reality star like Lauren Conrad) is seen carrying your bag, can you tell that it has an impact?
It is incredible. When Vanessa Hudgens wore the MAM in Tangerine
, we had to cut 300 extra of the bag. The Black with Basket weave
that Lindsay wore was a big hit. The Wine Nikki
(after Lauren Conrad wore it) and Matinee have been big hits. It is insane what that does.
PB: Do you remember your first designer handbag?
Because I fell into bags before I could afford a designer handbag, my first designer handbag was mine. But it would have been a Balenciaga
, which is what I lusted after first.
PB: If you were not a designer, what would you do?
PB: Are there any bags other than the ones you have that you really like?
I love some of the smaller patchwork Prada bags
and there are some great Chloe bags
out now too.
PB: What inspires your textures, materials, and new styles?
New styles are a mix of random occurrences. The French Tote collection came from a very old doctor's bag that was stiff. Sometimes it is just out of something I have seen and loved an aspect of it. Many times it is of a vintage bag and I will Frankenstein some ideas after it. As far as textures go, I meet with all of the tannery's and they will show me 100 skins and 100 colors. I can take what they sell already or develop my own colors (which I am doing for next spring, all of my own custom colors).
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PB: Where do you gather inspiration?
I take notes as I travel. Sometimes I do not feel inspired but after my trip I look at the notes that I jotted down and find some great ideas that I jotted down.
PB: You do not have a boutique open yet. Is that coming anytime?
We are hoping to do this in about a year with a simultaneous opening in New York and LA. In New York I want to do it in the West Village around Bleecker Street. In LA at the north end of Robertson Blvd would be a great place I think.
PB: What has been your biggest and/or unexpected challenge in growing your business?
For me personally, it is finding the time to balance my time. Say it is Fashion Week and I have all these events to go to, but I also want to be in my office working. And when I am traveling selling the collection, the emails pile up and it gets so hectic. So for me it is time management, like how do I wear all of the different hats... Ya know?
PB: It is the same for us. Time management is always tricky! Where do you see your company going in the next 5 to 10 years?
I would love to see my company expand and grow, similar to the direction Marc Jacobs has gone. He has Marc by Marc Jacobs, Marc Jacobs Collection, clothing, handbags, etc. I don't want people to think of me as old, but growing.
PB: What is in your refrigerator?
I really like smoothies in the morning. I have something called Greens and Reds, which is all the best stuff from fruits and veggies. I have that with yogurt and soy milk. I like Greek yogurt as a snack (not the fat free one, it is not as creamy!). Eggs, cheese, corn tortillas, fruit. My favorite fruit is papaya.