If you’re not yet a fan you’re about to become one. Handbag designer Clare Vivier is hardly new to the scene, but her designs are so fresh and of the moment that her brand seems brand spanking new every season.
Clare got her start while working for French television. She was busy traveling and noticed a lack of functional laptop cases that were also stylish. She fabricated her own which quickly parlayed into her now eponymous handbag line. Since then she has collaborated with Theory, Steven Alan, Refinery 29, Commune, Wren and Jasmin Shokrian.
Clare attributes her sense chic simplicity to her strong connection with France, where she spends a significant amount of time ever year with her son Oscar, and French documentarian husband Thierry Vivier. She marries classic French glamour with minimalist Los Angeles cool to produce a line of handbags and clutches that are as chic as they are utilitarian. Clare shares, “our design principle is timeless but our aesthetic is bold, always taking into consideration the tension between modern detail and classic shapes.”
Early this summer Clare opened her flagship boutique to Silver Lake. A new and bigger location means more bags–yeah!). While her bags are now available globally, Mrs. Vivier roots herself in the Los Angeles fashion community with a nod to socially conscious construction and proudly bears the moniker, ilocally madei. From conception to fabrication, her line has been made exclusively in Los Angeles since 2008, always engaging in ethical manufacturing practice without compromise.