With a New York City upbringing and a first bag style called the Trigger, you can count on Monika Botkier to pump some streetwise grit into your functional daily bag. I love Monika for her rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic and refined biker sensibility, and this bag has both in spades. It’s such a popular style that it sold out on Shopbop!
There’s a lot going on here, but nothing about this hobo reads “too much.” It all works in harmony, especially the asymmetrical cut of the zippers, seams, and overall silhouette. Diagonals are something we’re seeing everywhere from shoes to skirts to tops, and if there’s a way to make a slouchy shoulder bag feel original, it’s with some asymmetry. Snake-embossed suede with extra-lengthy zipper pulls to emphasize the hardware (and functional details on the inside like pockets, a pen slot, and a detachable key ring): the girl who carries this falls somewhere between Lisbeth Salander of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Carine Roitfeld. She’s equal parts tough, sexy, and nonchalant. I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t mind achieving that amount of coolness without too much crazy. On Zappos for $545.