Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Winter Wonderland

We are in Minnesota visiting family and taking a small break.


Back soon!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

buried in holiday orders

I have a lot to say, but no time to say it. More soon, I promise.
p.s. these are minisacs readied to leave the studio and not bricks of illicit substances. :)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

In the garden with Sac Bretelle

If this were the game of Clue, I'd say: Matilde, in the garden, with the Sac Bretelle.
Mat was painstakingly packing up these new bags (of which Galerie Vie in Japan will be the first retailer) for shipment, when I grabbed her for a quick photo session in the backyard. The strap of the bag is doubled so you can wear it on your shoulder or you can un-double it and wear it cross body, or take strap off altogether and wear as clutch. Did somebody say, Triple Threat? Uh Huh. Look out. :) More pics of the Bretelle to come soon.

Sponge Worthy

As in, Design*Sponge, of course...what'd you think I meant?
I was so excited to be featured on this stellar site back in the beginning of December but things were hectic and I didn't have time to spread the joy. La Trop on Design*Sponge! It was a red letter day. I felt it. I just couldn't share it, 'til now.
Then today, again! This time the Bash Please girls listed their favs on D*S and CViv iPad sleeve was featured with a few of my favorite designers: Loup Charmant and Heather Heron for Environment.
p.s. With "Sponge worthy" I think I've referred to Seinfeld two times on this blog and I'm officially dating myself. Mental note: Stop. It.

another holiday sale...

We've done quite a few this year and it's been wonderful to be out meeting all the lovely people who buy my bags. Tomorrow evening, I'll be Mohawk General Store. We have new stock and I can't wait to have a legitimate excuse hang out at their cool new space. I know I'll be doing my own holiday shopping while there as well. Come by if you can! xoxo

Thursday, December 9, 2010

an email from Greece

No, I'm not in Greece, but Vasiliki is. She's a customer and she made our day a few days ago, so I thought I'd share.

Θέμα: CLARE VIVIER Customer Receipt/Purchase Confirmation
Προς: "VASILIKI ">
Ημερομηνία: Τρίτη, 30 Νοέμβριος 2010, 17:40

dear Clare and wonderful colleagues!
I just received the one and only brown Bomber clutch and the cute pom pom and I feel so excited about that! You' ve made my day, not to mention my Christmas!!!

I am a real admirer of your work Clare, and I already own the famous La Trop in both tan and black and the wrist wrap which I am very proud of! I bought them from Bodie and Fou and I have to admit that I am very satisfied by the quality of their site and service!
Anyway, you' ll hear from me soon again since your whole collection is not available on their shop.
Finally, I would like to wish you and your family and of course your colleagues the best Christmas ever and a very happy and healthy New Year!!!
Thanks again for everything!
best regards
Vasiliki K.
Athens, Greece

Vasiliki, you are adorable! And you've reminded us all a few things about manners and thoughtfulness, thank you! Or as you say, σας ευχαριστώ !
p.s. can we visit you one day? :)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


désormais [dez-or-may] 1. nowadays
As in: désormais this is what I'm wearing - very ridiculously hot vintage hot boots from an incredible secret, invite-only sale (date and location of which shall remain preciously witheld); still wearing cotton fuzzy jacket from Luxe de Ville; and around the house, yes, around the house, I carry this vintage Gucci backpack. No, I don't actually carry a bag around the house, but I mean, I admire (okay, and occasionally tote) this object of beauty around the house. (I have developed a new fear that if I carry another brand's bag outside the house, people will think I don't carry my own bags and that would look bad - never mind the fact that nobody 1. knows who I am; and 2. would be as irrational as me.)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Happy 25th Galerie Vie!

This is where they carry our bags in Japan: Galerie Vie. I have never been to Japan, but I would love to go visit this store.
Hello Chicness.
Yesterday, I received this 25th Anniversary look book from them which included, among their very carefully curated selection, the black Mini Sac. I'm sooo honored. It looks so beautiful on their pages.
"The Essence of Elegance is Simplicity"
Oh my, GV, how did you take the words right out of my mouth? :) xoxc

Monday, December 6, 2010


Jeana shot Matilde on Saturday a.m. for Closet Visit and I'm reposting some of my favorite shots.
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And not only is she super stylish, she's super quick and smart and funny. We love Mat.

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We have the best assistent ever!!
LOTS OF adorable outtakes on Jeana's Flickr!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The way we work

On one side of the office there's me and a bunch of papers on the desk, two printers (1 on the floor, that cannot be feng shui.) It's tight quarters here. We may even need a bigger space soon (knock on wood knock on wood.) But 'til then, I think it's kind of cozy being able to hand Jocelyn things she prints without getting up from my chair.
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At my back on the other wall, there are bags stacked on every flat surface and hanging from from every possible hook. We are trying our best to get you your bag! Even (especially) if you haven't ordered it yet.