We love the clean, simple bags made by designer Clare Vivier. Clare may be French, but her signature totes, handbags and clutches are all locally made right here in Los Angeles (maybe we are neighbors?). She uses rich leather in mostly neutral tones – with the occasional pop of bright color, as in this Pochette in undyed leather with a hot pink silk screen stripe - to create pieces that balance style with utility. These can go from work to weekend in no time.
You can find them at Vivier and Bentley, a new showroom and store in Silverlake that Vivier shares with jewelry designer Kathryn Bentley, or there is a list of retailers on her website. Vivier also maintains a cute blog that shows behind the scenes of the company and her own personal style.