Meet Rebecca Minkoff

June 30, 2023 By bjthk 0

best after we arrived in nyc last week, Vlad and I checked in the hotel, spruced up, and were on our way to meet Rebecca Minkoff. meeting the designer behind a handbag line that has a huge following was a little bit nerve-wrecking, yet Rebecca could not have been much more down to earth. We got to the showroom before Rebecca made it, and perused her spectacular spring/summer handbag line. I insisted that Vlad began to either jot down or make mental notes of the bags I had to have, the bags my family members had to have, and the bags that we would tell everyone they have to have. Touching the leathers, admiring the colors, and learning the designs is an easy task, when a handbag line is as beautiful as Rebecca Minkoff’s. When Rebecca and her beautiful pr gal Jill arrived, we all hit it off. We sat down to speak with Rebecca about how she got where she is today and where she plans on going. and while her handbag line is thriving, Rebecca still sees herself as an ordinary gal. Yet she is so much much more than ordinary, as are her designs. We had the pleasure of interviewing Rebecca Minkoff to let you into incredible designer that is going nowhere but up. תהנה!

PB: tell us about your start into the fashion world.

RM: I was a dancer throughout high school. My dance teachers told me that I was too tall, too long, and I threw out the symmetry. I couldn’t carry out in any shows because of my height and my long arms, so they put me in the costume department. because it was a performing arts high school, it was a very major costume department and I started learning in depth how to make patterns, construct garments, and drape garments. At 17, I was not interested in college, and my brother knew Craig Taylor (a fashion designer) and called him up to get me an internship. At 18, I moved to nyc to begin this internship and I worked with Craig Taylor for two years. The CEO allowed me to work on my own clothing line when I had totally free time during the day.

PB: What was your big break?

RM: After 9/11 company picked up for me. By fluke I did a t-shirt that said “I love new York” and I cut it up and made it funky and sent it to my friend Jenna Elfman on September 9th just for her to wear. She got it September 13th and she wore it on Jay Leno. He asked about the t-shirt and then it was everywhere. It was my jump start. My boss told me to leave my job and go start my own line because I was so busy creating this shirt.

PB: how did you transition to bags?

RM: Jenna Elfman is a family friend and called me up and asked if I wanted to do a bag for a film she was going to be in. I said sure, I’ll try a bag, and that bag was the morning After Bag. Yet Fed Ex misdelivered and it did not get into the film. I made one for Jenna and one for myself and figured I would add it to the clothing line, it will just be one accessory. I had no objective of getting into bags. but then daily candy wrote about it and it just took off. So I stopped clothing because the demand for this bag was really strong and the clothing wasn’t at a point that I wanted it to be. So I switched to bags, only using the morning After Bag and switching the color, but my showroom said I had to have much more than one bag.

PB: Do you plan to branch out of handbags or get back into clothing?

RM: We are launching clothing for spring ’09. We want to do some belts and we will eventually go into shoes but shoes will be the last stop.

PB: What design aspects are crucial to your collections? What do you emphasize on?

RM: I like my bags to be two toned, or add in a different trim. I like to have a playful take on my bags. My bags may be named after a girl or a story. Each season has a theme, and bags named after that theme. I think a girl can purchase into an experience. In each bag, there is a card with a picture of a young boy with a phone number, so that every girl has a number of a man to call. It works too! You can call and leave messages to Vincent, who has a sexy French accent.

PB: What is your story for your spring line of handbags?

RM: Our story for spring is called stable Love. She is going stable now with a young boy (Steady bag).

PB: who is your fashion icon? Or most significant influence?

RM: Jenna was so instrumental to me, just like a Fairy God Mother. I am always taking a look at Sienna Miller’s style and could see her wearing my bags.

PB: how do you picture the common Rebecca Minkoff wearer?

RM: Some girls look at the bags and see a classic, but I think the girl is a mix of a little bit of a rocker and a girl that wants to take her bag anywhere. My bags are functional, fashionable, and a little bit edgy.

PB: Are celebrities carrying your bag a big focus/help?

RM: It has been a certain focus in the last 6-8 months. The much more people we know and can get our bags too really helps get my name out there. Jessica Simpson, Hayden Panettiere, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel Bilson, Hilary Duff, Jenna ElfmaN, דברה מתעסקת, ורבים יותר ידוענים נראו סוחבים את התיקים שלי.

PB: באיזה תיק אתה משתמש בכל יום?

RM: אני משתמש בבוקר שלי אחרי בדרך כלל. יש לי חמישה תיקים משלי שהם סיכותיי. האורווה והשושנה הולכים להיות הבאים שלי. האורווה ליומיום והורד למצמד נהדר.

PB: מה אתה מתייחס לתיק שלך כל היום?

RM: יש לי את משקפי השמש של גוצ’י, מצלמת הווידיאו שלי (זה זוכה לשימוש רב!), מפתחות, מראה, אוכמניות שלי כדי לענות על מיילים, הטלפון הנייד שלי, שלוש גלקות שפתיים וקצת מסטיק!

PB: אילו שלושה דברים אתה לא יכול לחיות בלעדיו?

RM: החבר שלי, נעליים – כי אני רק לובש את התיקים שלי אני מתעמק בנעליים – ובפלייכמניות שלי.

PB: נעליים, אה?

RM: פשוט רכשתי זוג עקבי סרחיו רוסי כשהם באיטליה ויש להם פשוט נעליים פנטסטיות הכי טוב עכשיו.

PB: מה המוצאי השבת האידיאלי שלך?

RM: אהובתי הוא מוזיקאי, אז בשבת האחרונה היה לו מופע. ראינו אותו מופיע. הלכנו וקיבלנו קרפים גדולים במרכז העיר. ואז הלכנו לארוחת ערב עם חבורה של חברים ופשוט נשארנו דיברו ודיברנו. פשוט משהו נמוך חיוני עם החברים שלי.

PB: אנא אמור לנו שאתה אוהב את נוטלה על הקרפים שלך?!


PB: מה המסתור המועדף עליך בניו יורק?

אנחנו אוהבים ללכת לשוק האיכרים בכיכר יוניון. ואנחנו אוהבים את הסמטה של ​​פרימן. יש לו תפאורה נהדרת, הוא סוג סביבה ביתי מאוד. זה אוכל עשיר מאוד, אבל רק מקום פנטסטי ללכת אליו. אני אוהב את העובדה שאתה צריך למצוא את זה וללכת בסמטה כדי להגיע לזה.

PB: תודה רבה רבקה, אהבנו לשוחח איתך!

הראיון הסתיים וכשעזבנו את ולד ושנינו הערנו שהרגשנו כאילו רבקה היא חברה ותיקה. המעצבת הזו שיש לה את העולם בהישג יד, החזיקה את רגליה על האדמה. העיצובים שלה ממשיכים לפרוח ושמה ממשיך לצמוח, אבל רבקה בטוחה מאוד באדם שהיא עכשיו ובאדם שהיא רוצה להיות. תודה שוב לרבקה מינקוף וג’יל על הקמת הראיון.

קנו את התיקים של רבקה ב- Shop Bop, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale או לגלות הרבה יותר ב-

*הקפד ללחוץ על התמונות כדי להגדיל אותן*