Clare Vivier’s Very Favorite Places in Silverlake

The leather maven is a regular at these five spots.
Clare Vivier practically owns her L.A. neighborhood: She has lived in Silverlake for a decade (yup, early adopter) and has her own store there. Basically, if you need someone to show you the ropes, she’s your girl, and she was kind enough to play tour guide.

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Taix
“Taix is a really old-school French restaurant—the interior hasn’t changed in 30 years, and the waiters have been there forever. I love to eat steak frites in the bar area.” (taixfrench.com)

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Intelligentsia
“It’s just the best coffee. I usually get an espresso, and they serve it with a little glass of sparkling water. I think that’s really cute.” (intelligentsiacoffee.com)

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Forage
“My very favorite restaurant is Forage. I eat there at least once a week and order the kale and arugula salad with lemon vinaigrette and toasted breadcrumbs on top.” (foragela.com)

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Mohawk General Store
“I got a pair of silver Rachel Comey loafers there last year, and I feel like she should release them again because I get so many compliments on them! There’s a Raquel Allegra coat in a nubby, boiled wool that I want right now.” (mohawkgeneralstore.net)

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Cookbook
“This is a super cute little market on Echo Park Avenue. Any time you don’t have an idea of what to cook, they’ll help you figure it out. It seems like a small store with a small selection, but they’ll be like, ‘Oh! Just take this arugula, this mint, and peas…’ Which is nice—to have your selection totally slimmed down.” (cookbookla.com)
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Clare Vivier Takes Us Vintage Shopping

She does quite well for herself in Los Angeles, but some of her best finds come from her parents’ turf in Minnesota.

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Please accept the photo above as proof that the L.A.-based handbag designer Clare Vivier is an adept vintage shopper. “I didn’t even look at the label on this trench coat when I bought it. Then I got it home and saw that it was Bonnie Cashin for Sills, a line that’s no longer available,” Clare explains. She was kind enough to share her three go-to stores—two in her neck of the woods and one back in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she did most of her growing up.

My Sister’s Closet
“It’s in a house on a shopping street in St. Paul, and it’s basically a consignment shop for wealthy older people—so you see some really great labels. I’ve gotten a few YSL blouses recently and that Bonnie Cashin trench.”
(1136 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-2819; mysistersclosetmn.com)

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The kind of jacket that makes any outfit stand out, from Luxe De Ville.

Luxe De Ville
“Luxe De Ville is around the corner from my house in Echo Park—it’s kind of like my closet. I go there the day of an event, and the owner pulls things for me I would never have tried on. He doesn’t have a lot of labels, but he has a great eye. It’s like I have a personal stylist.”
(2157 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, 213-353-0135; luxedeville.com)

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Kick-ass boots from The Way We Wore.

The Way We Wore
“It’s high-end, and the owner, Doris Raymond, has a 50% off sale every year, which is a huge thing because she has so much great stuff. I got the most beautiful snakeskin platform boots from her.”
(334 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, 323-937-0878; thewaywewore.com)

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Clare Vivier’s Three French Style Icons

The designer identifies the critical components of Parisian style so that you too can put effort into looking effortlessly chic.

“The first time that I went to Paris was when I moved there,” says Clare Vivier, whose bags have a certain no-fuss polish that would make those Frenchies proud. “It was really scary, but when you’re 24, you kind of just know you can do it.” These are the three women who constantly dot Clare’s inspiration board (pictured above) now that she’s back in the U.S. of A. All of the images are pulled from Clare’s files—she’s also a self-described magazine junkie.

Clockwise from top left: Charlotte in Vogue Paris, Emmanuelle in Madame Figaro Japon, Sigrid in T Magazine.

Charlotte Gainsbourg
“Charlotte has a way of making faded jeans, flats, a trench coat, and a T-shirt just work really well.”

Emmanuelle Alt
“She looks so incredibly cool and relaxed. Her jackets are always short in the arms—you can see her wrists—and big shoulders really look good on her.”

Sigrid de l’Epine
“She works for Balenciaga—I love her. She’s this classic French woman, in skinny pants, heels, wrist wraps, leather adornments.”

Get a hit of Clare’s Marais-ready style now! Here cheetah-print bag-and-coin purse combo is only available here.

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Clare Vivier’s Very Favorite Places in Silverlake

The leather maven is a regular at these five spots.
Clare Vivier practically owns her L.A. neighborhood: She’s lived in Silverlake for a decade (yup, early adopter) and opened her own store there in June. Basically, if you need someone to show you the ropes, she’s your girl, and she was kind enough to play tour guide.


Taix
“Taix is a really old-school French restaurant—the interior hasn’t changed in 30 years, and the waiters have been there forever. I love to eat steak frites in the bar area.” (taixfrench.com)


Intelligentsia
“It’s just the best coffee. I usually get an espresso, and they serve it with a little glass of sparkling water. I think that’s really cute.” (intelligentsiacoffee.com)


Forage
“My very favorite restaurant is Forage. I eat there at least once a week and order the kale and arugula salad with lemon vinaigrette and toasted breadcrumbs on top.” (foragela.com)


Mohawk General Store
“I got a pair of silver Rachel Comey loafers there last year, and I feel like she should release them again because I get so many compliments on them! There’s a Raquel Allegra coat in a nubby, boiled wool that I want right now.” (mohawkgeneralstore.net)


Cookbook
“This is a super cute little market on Echo Park Avenue. Any time you don’t have an idea of what to cook, they’ll help you figure it out. It seems like a small store with a small selection, but they’ll be like, ‘Oh! Just take this arugula, this mint, and peas…’ Which is nice—to have your selection totally slimmed down.” (cookbookla.com)

Clare’s back! And you can’t get her AMAZING (cheetah!) bag + coin purse combo anywhere else.

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Emerging Thing of the Week: Apothic Red

You know what we like? Wine. You know what we like even more? Well-priced wine. And this week we are psyched to announce—unveil if you will—a partnership with the super-cool Left Coast brand Apothic Red, a winery that delivers just that. Inspired by the vino, Clare Vivier (whose two other Of a Kind editions are long gone) made what we’ve been calling wine tags: sleek, classy-shassy takes on wine charms that you’d be happy to have your glasses wearing. You can scoop up her ($20!) leather creations here, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

Apothic—which comes from the wordapotheca, the mysterious place where vintners stored their most coveted stuff in 13th Century Europe—is a blend, and the exact mix changes every year, depending on the growing season and the way things shape up at the winery. For the 2010 vintage, Boyd Morrison, the man at the helm over there, added Cabernet Sauvignon to the Zinfandel-Syrah mix, and the result earns our fave wine descriptor: jammy. He takes his with coffee-dusted flatiron steak, gorgonzola-stuffed figs, and pizza with spicy sausage. Totally cool if you pair yours with a couch and some Parks and Rec—we feel you.

Click here to score the edition Clare Vivier made with Of a Kind in mind. Um, hello, perfect hostess gift.

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What’s Inside Clare Vivier’s Bag?

She likes to keep everything in her life pared-down.
With their classic shapes and lack of any clunky hardware, Clare Vivier’s designs might be minimalist, but they are also crazy-easy to spot—no small feat. Take a look at how she uses her own leather pieces, and then take a stab yourself with the envelope-style wallet she made for Of a Kind.

Clare introduced her La Pochette design for the first time on Of a Kind in January, and now it’s back—this time with animal print. Right this way…

   
Clare’s Essentials

+ Clare Vivier canvas simple tote, black pebble flat clutch, white leather zippered card holder, and black leather zip wallet – “I’m introducing the zip wallet in the spring!”

+ Neon iPhone case and hair elastics – “My friend Grace Lee—she’s a jeweler, with a line called Oli and Me—just went to Korea and bought me back this neon stuff. Like a lot of people, she and I both have a little obsession with neon right now.”

+ Nars pencils – “The color of the Larger Than Life eyeliner is so rich. That Hollywoodland is actually an eye shadow pencil, but it’s kind of like a magic wand. If you have dark circles under your eyes, you can use it there, too.”

+ Drugstore mascara

Steven Alan cashmere beanie – “I always have this with me this time of the year when it’s chilly. I bought them for everyone who works for me, too, so now we’re all wearing them.”

+ Ballpoint pen swiped from The Odeon – “Every time I’m in New York, I always end up at this restaurant for lunch or dinner.”

+ CV medallion key chain – “This is an idea we played around with but never produced.”

Smith’s Minted Rose lip balm– “I love the way it tastes—it’s yummy, rosy mint! And, you know, it’s just a good, old-school product.”

+ MacBook

Josie Maran cream blush – “I like the fact that she uses all organic ingredients. It’s a very natural-looking blush, and that feels good, too.”

Red Moleskine calendar – “It sits next to me at work all day long, and I write notes in it all day long. It’s my major crutch. If I lost it, I would be absolutely lost.”

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Clare Vivier’s Very Favorite Places in Silverlake

The leather maven is a regular at these five spots.
Clare Vivier practically owns her L.A. neighborhood: She’s lived in Silverlake for a decade (yup, early adopter) and recently opened a store there with her jewelry-making buddy (and fellow Of a Kind alumKathryn Bentley. Basically, if you need someone to show you the ropes, she’s your girl, and she was kind enough to play tour guide.


Taix
“Taix is a really old-school French restaurant—the interior hasn’t changed in 30 years, and the waiters have been there forever. I love to eat steak frites in the bar area.” (taixfrench.com)


Intelligentsia
“It’s just the best coffee. I usually get an espresso, and they serve it with a little glass of sparkling water. I think that’s really cute.” (intelligentsiacoffee.com)


Forage
“My very favorite restaurant is Forage. I eat there at least once a week and order the kale and arugula salad with lemon vinaigrette and toasted breadcrumbs on top.” (foragela.com)


Mohawk General Store
“I got a pair of silver Rachel Comey loafers there last year, and I feel like she should release them again because I get so many compliments on them! There’s a Raquel Allegra coat in a nubby, boiled wool that I want right now.” (mohawkgeneralstore.net)


Cookbook
“This is a super cute little market on Echo Park Avenue. Any time you don’t have an idea of what to cook, they’ll help you figure it out. It seems like a small store with a small selection, but they’ll be like, ‘Oh! Just take this arugula, this mint, and peas…’ Which is nice—to have your selection totally slimmed down.” (cookbookla.com)

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Meet Clare Vivier

The inspiration: a laptop that needed some protecting.

It all started in 2006 when Clare Vivier, then a journalist, couldn’t find a sturdy, stylish sleeve for toting around her computer. So, she decided to make one. “At the time, computers needed more protection. You know—when they were new, we all wanted to be really careful about our laptops,” Clare explains. “Now you can practically throw them around.”

After experimenting with all sorts of padding and quilted fabrics, she started working in leather, landed on her pared-down, sophisticated aesthetic, and got into the bag business. “I loved Bonnie Cashin-era Coach when I was young, how minimal the company was in its leather goods. Then I went to France and saw things that were just beautiful in their simplicity, without much hardware and other things going on,” she says.

Clare lived in Indiana, Minnesota, San Francisco, New York, and Paris (where she picked up a French husband and corresponding last name) before landing in Los Angeles. The city has proven to be a good home for her no-nonsense line of saturated navy messengers and slightly retro shoulder bags—she can do her designing from home (which means less time away from her seven-year-old son) and work with local factories. But lest you think she was always an ultra-polished sophisticate, you should know that Clare co-owned a hip-hop-inflected clothing store with an in-house D.J. in Haight-Ashbury during college.

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Clare Vivier’s Three French Style Icons

The designer identifies the critical components of Parisian style so that you too can put effort into looking effortlessly chic.

“The first time that I went to Paris was when I moved there,” says Clare Vivier, whose bags—and special-issue Of a Kind wallet—have a certain no-fuss polish that would make those Frenchies proud. “It was really scary, but when you’re 24, you kind of just know you can do it.” These are the three women who constantly dot Clare’s inspiration board (pictured above) now that she’s back in the U.S. of A. All of the images are pulled from Clare’s files—she’s also a self-described magazine junkie.

Clare made just 30 nude-leather wallets for us, and they are pretty damn striking. Click here to buy one.



Clockwise from top left: Charlotte in Vogue Paris, Emmanuelle in Madame Figaro Japon, Sigrid in T Magazine.

Charlotte Gainsbourg
“Charlotte has a way of making faded jeans, flats, a trench coat, and a T-shirt just work really well.”

Emmanuelle Alt
“She looks so incredibly cool and relaxed. Her jackets are always short in the arms—you can see her wrists—and big shoulders really look good on her.”

Sigrid de l’Epine
“She works for Balenciaga—I love her. She’s this classic French woman, in skinny pants, heels, wrist wraps, leather adornments.”

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Clare’s L.A. Designer Posse

This handbag genius is a member of a gang of pretty ladies who make killer clothing and accessories—and give the West Coast major street cred.

From left, designers Annie Costello Brown, Melissa Coker, Jesse Kamm, and Clare Vivier (wearing a Jesse Kamm dress!) with Heather Taylor of Taylor De Cordoba gallery.

Like the food, the fashion scene in Los Angeles is organically grown. “L.A. has a real undertone of cheesiness, so when the city tries to put on fashion week or something like that, it usually just turns bad. But a lot of creative and cool people live here! We all help each other out and collaborate,” explains Clare Vivier, she of the cultish and minimalist bag line. “When you’re willing to help others and they’re willing to help you, suddenly you’re not on this little desert island.” These are the designing women she hangs with—and whose work she wears.

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