A good handbag is hard to find. As much as we’d like to skimp in this arena, having a decent handbag has become a brutal combination of functional necessity (especially us urban ladies) and status… while I’m not so big on the whole ‘status’ thing… I have had a few bad experience buying cheaper handbags, a $50 bag that breaks after two weeks becomes an expensive bag!
I had my eye on a few bags, but with the rise of the ‘it’ bag, it’s apparent that you can’t find a decent bag in a department store for less than $500. Even certain luxury brands produce bags with stiff, plasticky texture and obscenely simple lining (for the price). Friend, Christina of Style Bite suggested I take a look at Clare Vivier, a Los Angeles based handbag designer who produces ultra chic, lush bags at a price point that won’t break the bank. During my visit, I stopped by her studio and had a look at her collection.
Bright colors, simple designs with amazingly soft leather… I was super impressed by the quality of the leather. She finds great leather and produces each piece in Los Angeles in small runs. Perforated yellow pouches, amazing pebbled red and blue, interesting textures, each piece has a unique quality. I ended up buying the yellow pouch, as I’d been eying the folded pouch trend and this one was love at first site. Christina has had the messenger bag for over a year, and it’s worn in nicely. If only it fit my laptop AND SLR then we’d be talkin’. Otherwise, it’s the perfect city bag.