There is not much of an introduction needed here. We are bringing you more from our good friend and fan-favorite Rebecca Minkoff
. Rebecca Minkoff has secured a spot in the highly-sought-after handbag market. Her bags are seen on the hottest celebs and her fan base is growing massively. The Purse Forum Rebecca Minkoff
lovers have become known as Minkettes, and their love and devotion to Rebecca Minkoff
has resulted in a small accessory line from RM dubbed the Minkette line. Much like Balenciaga, Rebecca Minkoff's bags have started a craze for the perfect hue, with the right hardware, from a certain seasons.
Vlad and I sat down to chat with Rebecca Minkoff a couple weeks ago to answer your questions for her. We previewed the Spring 09 line and are very excited to share it with you. We hope you enjoy!
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Purse Blog: When will the Matinee come back?
Rebecca Minkoff: I actually have a few in my office, but it will ship to people in April. For the holidays we will do a few special orders.
PB: Are there going to be any changes to the Matinee bag?
RM: No, it will remain exactly the same.
PB: Ok, and what about the basket weave? Will there be other colors?
RM: Just black and the cream. People really responded to the cream.
PB: After the holiday season, will there be more Morning After clutches?
RM: Oh yes, we have them all over the spring line. Ostrich for Feb and then in all the classic colors for March, and we will have it in fluorescence.
PB: Is the faux ostrich new?
RM: Oh it is...
PB: Oh right - we posted about it not that long ago. Are you going to do any other man bags?
RM: We have a laptop bag in blue and brown. So you could put your laptop in it or use it as a bag - in more masculine colors.
PB: Will you ever be brave enough to have another online sample sale?
RM: At the moment, I don't think our site can handle it. It was fun, yet intense. Actually, we are going to do a couple different sales with Gilt Groupe and Hautelook.
PB: Will you ever bring back the popular Basket Weave Mini?
RM: Yes, actually in January - it is coming back.
PB: Many people have asked us about your wedding. Is there anything you'd like to share?
RM: We are going to get married sometime in June of next year, probably in Italy. It is going to be small, our immediate families and then just a few of our closest friends.
PB: Did you pick your dress yet?
RM: Haha, no. I might make it - just not sure yet. Maybe I'll use some of my contacts to find something.
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PB: Devote tote - are you going to do it with silver or gun metal studs?
RM: Right now we are just going it with gold. But it is so popular, we might do it with silver.
PB: Ok, what about the Rose Mini Nikki. Is there a picture we can take of it?
RM: Actually no, but I have a bag with a rose color you can take a picture of - so you can see the color.
PB: What about the lining - are you sticking with anything?
RM: For the spring we are sticking with the blue and white stripes which doesn't bleed - it is run-proof, we've tested it. Some bags for holiday will have the black and white lining. So, through March it will be the blue and white, but we will keep changing it. We are always changing it.
PB: The Nikki in black with silver hardware, can you do it?
RM: Sure, I can do it; I can do a special order.
PB: What does your bag collection look like?
RM: My bag collection is ever evolving. I usually wear something until I run it into the ground. Sometimes I work with something for so long that when it is finally out, I almost don't want it any more. I don't have bags from any other designers unless they are vintage and I like the hardware or something.
PB: What about your employees?
RM: Almost all of my employees have at least one of my bags, but it isn't a rule or anything like that.
PB: Now, about the hardware - is it always changing?
RM: Now we have what is called "the mixed". There will always be new hardware pieces, but we will be incorporating the mixed hardware.
PB: So your Ostrich Nikki - what other colors will it come in?
RM: It comes in these colors and the sea green.
PB: What is your favorite bag?
RM: I would say, as far as new shapes go, the Amore and the Mini Mini.
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PB: You changed your styles a lot for Spring, what has been your new inspiration?
RM: Really, we kept a lot of the classics, but others are picking up on the newness and that is why you are seeing so many new bags. January is all about the old shapes, February has some newness, March is mostly classic shapes. Some of the inspiration has come from Rock'n Roll. But I still feel the look of the line remains the same.
PB: What designer are you interested in for this Fall season (clothing)?
RM: Les Prairies de Paris, wonderful shoes. Nicholas K, I love her jackets for the winter as far as jeans go, I am loyal to J brand.
PB: Are you going to be designing shoes?
RM: I wish. I am a shoe person, but it is a very expensive endeavor. I think that it will happen one day though - just not any time real soon.
PB: What about the design process? How many models do you have before you settle on a final decision?
RM: Basically, I'll have a design meeting where we will talk about all of the trends in terms of color. We do five or six meetings where we have all of the ideas up on the board. Then we decide when we will use certain things in certain months. There are all these industry things to keep into consideration. Once we decide on colors and fabrics, then we move onto shapes. Sometimes it doesn't work in a bag - having a mommy and a baby. But if a bag has the ability to be used in several shapes, then we will use it.
PB: Customizing a bag (bespoke) - is there going to be a way to do that?
RM: I did a trial run, there is an extra fee involved, but it is a possibility. The timing might be a little longer just because it will depend on what extra material we have available. But yes, this is something we can get started on.
PB: Your bags were seen on a bunch of different fall fashion magazines, is your business going through the roof? Are you growing a ton?
RM: In the spring you will see the saturation in more stores. We are growing really fast, but the economy hasn't really effected us at all. We've not really felt any bumps. I think the growth has more than doubled in the last year.
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PB: Do you watch TV? What is your favorite show? Are you a couch-loving mortal like the rest of us or are you too busy?
RM: I am a couch-loving mortal! There are nights when I have back to back events to go to but then there are the weeks of recovery. Mad Men, I love! When Lost is on, I watch that. I keep tabs on Gossip Girls, 90210 and the Hills because my bags are in those shows. Blake and Audrina wore the Morning After. Lauren Conrad carries a lot of my bags too - she's really nice and down to earth.
PB: Would you ever do a collaboration with Lauren Conrad?
RM: I think she already has collaborations with other people.
PB: If you were stuck on an island and could only bring one of your bags, from all of the seasons, which bag would it be and which color?
RM: That's tough! If I was stuck on an island, would I need a bag? I think I would bring a straw bag, because it is so tropical. I would feel like I could be fashionable in the tropics.
PB: When will your NYC boutique store open? Any chance you will open one on the west coast?
RM: Yes, the hope is 2010 and to have both of them open at the same time.
PB: When was your last personal vacation and where did you go?
RM: Strict vacation and no work? Um... I am trying to think... I guess 2 years ago, New Years, we went to Utah and went skiing. I think our wedding will be the next time I will be really on vacation.
PB: What are you really in love with right now? Anything you hate?
RM: When it is warm - biking. I dislike that nobody makes wheat-free chocolate chip cookies.
PB: Fashion wise, any trend you are in love with right now? Can you think of anything that people are over-doing?
RM: I've seen a lot of goth-inspired stuff and I think that is going a little overboard. On the other end, I've seen a lot of plaid and tweed, which I really like.
PB: Are you thinking about using exotics?
RM: Maybe some custom order, very small, one at a time thing. We'd like to offer it, but once we are able to tackle it then I would love to. You know, incorporate some real crocodile and ostrich.