Botkier Handbags have become a household name. After meeting Monica, I began to await her fall handbags. The look for her Fall 2008 line is very, well, Fall-esque. With nylon that feels and looks like satin, in deep luscious hues, the bags are fitting for the fall and winter that is slowly coming upon us.
The first bag from the Botkier Fall 2008 line that we reviewed is the Botkier Stevie Convertible Satchel in burgundy nylon. Now this bag I loved for many reasons. First off, the East/West shape was the perfect size for my body. This is deemed the convertible satchel because of the option shoulder strap. I threw on the shoulder strap and found it perfectly fitting, and perfect for a woman on the go. This can be worn cross body as well, making it a great day to day bag as well. The bag is also very functional, offering an outside open pocket with a magnetic closure with two pocket compartments. A nice touch for your cell phone or keys, and the magnetic closure helps give some reassurance that you may not loose your goods. The inside has a zip and cell phone pocket with black Botkier canvas lining.
The color appeals to me the most. I have always been a fan of Burgundy, something about the deep hue of Scarlett that is feminine, regal, and majestic. Could also be the fact that I am an Ohio State Buckeye, meaning that I am obsessed with Scarlett and Grey. The nylon adds a nice touch, but there are a few things I know about this satin appearing nylon. First off, it does not always wear well. It shows wear, it rubs, and then it begins to look cheap. Also, it is truly not meant for every season. This bag will be perfect from mid-October through February, and then it needs to be put away for the next late-fall mostly winter season. But even with the usability a notch down, I am oddly drawn to this handbag. I tried it on and it just looked good on me. Yes, that is somewhat selfish of me to only think of myself, but it is true. I am not tan, I am not pasty white, my skin tone is just ‘normal’. But when I put this bag on, it just seemed to fit. And the burgundy on the nylon, which I would not usually love, radiated and looked even better on me than I imagined.
There are three versions of the Stevie available on Shop Bop right now, including the Burgundy Stevie Satchel. The Stevie Satchel also comes in a Sapphire blue, but I think that is pushing it. There is the Botkier Stevie Tote available in black and silver via Shop Bop for $450. Also, the Botkier Stevie Satchel is available in Silver, Black, and Chocolate (which I really adore) for $475 via Shop Bop.
Lastly you can buy the bag we reviewed through Shop Bop for $450.