August 21 2014

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8 posts tagged "Clare Vivier"

EXCLUSIVE: Clare V. Launches Eyewear With Steven Alan


Clare VivierClare Vivier has become our go-to girl for oversize clutches and luxe duffels, and after a series of successful collaborations (not to mention opening her first New York store last fall), her accessories empire continues to grow. Up next for the Los Angeles-based designer is an eyewear collection with friend and stockist Steven Alan. “I’ve never done sunglasses before, but I’m really interested in getting into more accessories categories, so I was thrilled when Steven asked me,” Vivier told “I think his aesthetic works really well with ours. The sunglasses are a true reflection of both brands.”

Clare VivierEach pair is named after a French town Vivier frequents during her annual summer vacations. There’s the Calais, a square, wayfarer shape; the Cap Ferrat, a retro oval style; the Nice, an oversize round pair; and the St. Gilles, a funky take on aviators. “We did some red and blue, which is a classic combination for me, and there are some pink and purple ones, too,” Vivier said of the bright designs. “We actually call the Nice style ‘the Lizzie’ around the office. Our graphic designer, Lizzie, had this great pair of big, round vintage sunglasses we wanted to re-create,” she explained. “As vintage collectors, we all drew inspiration from our own pieces.”

The sunglasses could certainly pass for vintage finds. They are unserious and quirky, combining L.A. style with a touch of French gamine. “I think what’s great about our collection is that any girl can wear them. They’re really timeless, and I think they’re a refreshing option for everyday, casual wear.”

Vivier always has a few projects on her plate, and just wrapped a holiday collaboration with that will include a denim clutch, tote, and smaller items. “Jane [Herman Bishop], Florence [Kane], and I went to the Cone denim mill in North Carolina to pick out the denim ourselves, which was great,” Vivier said. She’s also opening a store in Santa Monica and expanding into footwear, which makes us wonder: How does she possibly find time for these French vacations?

Clare Vivier x Steven Alan sunglasses, $195, are set to launch next week on and

Photos: Courtesy Photos

Clare Vivier Lands In Nolita


Clare Vivier's New York Store
Clare Vivier's New York Store

L.A.-based designer Clare Vivier has become the go-to girl for simple, well-crafted leather goods. You can’t walk five blocks in New York City without spotting one of her signature foldover clutches. So it makes sense that, after years of selling her accessories in NYC stores like Bergdorf Goodman and Steven Alan, Vivier (who is currently rebranding her line as Clare V.) is bowing her first Manhattan outpost. Ahead of tomorrow’s unveiling, Vivier gave an exclusive first look at the store, which, set on Elizabeth Street in Nolita, opens to the public on Friday.

Vivier, who also opened an L.A. flagship this summer, described the new store as “inspired by French apothecary architecture mixed with an L.A. vibe.” Shadow boxes line the walls, and lighting designer Gabriel Abraham built a custom centerpiece fixture to illuminate the space. “We’re also doing a nine-foot collage mural by New York-based artist Simone Shubuck,” Vivier said. “Simone is an old friend of mine, and the art will be a mixture of personal pieces from my life and the brand, some original pieces from Simone, vintage photography that fits our aesthetic, and artwork from my son.”

In addition to the full range of Vivier’s staples (foldover clutches, soft leather duffels, roomy travel bags, candy-colored wallets, etc.), the boutique will stock a selection of third-party brands, like Maya Brenner jewelry, Reinhard Plank hats, and Nasomatto fragrances. Continue Reading “Clare Vivier Lands In Nolita” »

Paltrow and McCartney’s Magical Mystery Collab


Gwyneth Paltrow and Stella McCartney Host an English Garden Party for GoopIt seems that Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle site, Goop—which has, in the past, collaborated with the likes of Warby Parker, Clare Vivier, and Butter London—has a new project in the works with Stella McCartney. While the Telegraph speculates about the details of the partnership—Sportswear? Lingerie? Skincare?—all we know, per the site’s homepage, is that it’s launching in September. As if next month isn’t busy enough, we’ll also be tuning in on the first to get the scoop on Goop.

Photos: Kevin Mazur/ Getty Images

On Our Radar: Clare Vivier x Goop


Lots of excitement chez the much-discussed Gwyneth Paltrow this week. Earlier today, People magazine named the actress the “World’s Most Beautiful Woman.” And tomorrow, Paltrow’s feel-good lifestyle Web site,, will release a limited-edition range of accessories—like sleek suede totes, leather flat clutches, and geometric catchalls—by L.A.-based designer Clare Vivier. Each piece can be customized via metallic initials in the Goop font. “I have been a longtime fan of the site and was thrilled to work alongside their team,” said Vivier. The collaborative wares, which come in calming gray hues and white with a nautical navy stripe, will retail for between $130 and $420.

Tucker Heads West For the Weekend


“When it’s time to leave Los Angeles, I realize none of us know where our shoes are,” Gaby Basora confesses of her time spent strolling the beaches of Southern California. “There’s that slower pace, much more entertaining in people’s homes and backyards, and a completely different vibe,” the Tucker designer explains of her impetus to decamp out west—albeit briefly—for a pop-up shop in Venice this weekend. Starting today, Tucker will occupy graphic designer Carly Margolis’ All for the Mountain space in L.A.’s sun-drenched west-side neighborhood. Ripe for the occasion, the line will feature pieces that have up until now only been available out of New York, including the classic and asymmetrical dress in the mint mallard print, the contrast button-up in red, and the drawstring cami dress in summery colorways. Joining forces with local talent, Basora’s silk best will be paired with Clare Vivier’s unfussy line of handbags, along with select pieces from Ariel Gordon’s semiprecious jewelry designs.

This is just the latest power play for the cheery brand since launching back in 2006. “We started really item-based as the perfect blouse and the perfect dress,” Basora says of her line, which partnered with Target for a GO International campaign in 2010. “We were bucking the trends in that we launched with a couple of items as opposed to a full collection. I think it was off-trend to do that, and now there is a lot of interest in item-driven collections.” Her full range has now filled out, moving into multiple categories (pants are a best seller in New York) as well as skewing younger with darling dresses for the younger set. And despite just opening her first stand-alone retail store in Soho at the close of 2011, the L.A. pop-up is more than just a quick sojourn out west. As Basora puts it, “We’re getting our toes in the water.”

The Tucker pop-up shop is open through July 29, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at All for the Mountain, 2118 Lincoln Blvd., Venice Beach, Calif.

Photo: Courtesy of Tucker