Clare Vivier’s new airy and colorful shop in Silver Lake, designed by Barbara Bestor, is making me want to run over and snatch up bags in every color of the rainbow (I currently own three, but have my eye on a couple others). Racked LA has a full report and some stunning images.
To my male readers: If you are looking for a gift for your gal, I promise you she will love one of Clare’s made-in-L.A. leather bags.
I met Clare Vivier a few years back, when I scored one of her hot pink patent leather fold over clutches (it resembles an old school bank bag and I get comments each time I carry it.) We stayed in touch over the years and as Clare’s business grew, I was able to profile her in the L.A. Times. She has fantastic style and a beautiful home so I was anxious to see her gift picks.
What is the first gift that you remember receiving? A set of Motown records for Christmas from my brother. It seemed so mature, I was so excited to be receiving a “grown up” gift and I loved those albums.
What are the favorite gifts you’ve been given over the years? A recent gift of a 1968 Paris street art book, La Beauté dans La Rue, my Rolex watch from my father, a vintage cocktail ring from my husband and an original piece of art from a friend.
What are your favorite gifts to give? Linen napkins from travels in France. Or tie-dye napkins from Vivier + Bentley. Everyone can always use cloth napkins – you can never have enough and if they are different enough (vintage or hand-printed for example) you don’t have to worry about being presumptuous about style or decor.
What’s your go-to source to buy gifts? Mohawk General Store always has a good selection, like these Rachel Comey Mukluks, which I’m going to gift my next hostess. And since I like to stay in the neighborhood, I like Lake boutique too. Their pretty Turkish towel sets makes for a great hostess gift.
Your favorite charitable cause? P.S. ARTS funds arts programs in low income schools in Los Angeles.
The journalist in me would like to say up front that Heather is a good friend of mine. We first met at an event for Rodarte, which led to drinks where we bonded over a mutual love of Tom Ford, good food and Curb Your Enthusiasm. In addition to writing her charming blog, L.A. in Bloom, Heather co-owns and directs the contemporary art gallery Taylor De Cordoba.
Without knowing about my Jonathan Adler obsession, Heather’s first gift to me was a Darjeeling elephant teapot, and I realized then that she just got me. She has since given me other wonderful presents so I was excited to hear about some of her favorites.
What are some of the favorite gifts you’ve received over the years? A portrait of my husband Alex and I as fictionalized historical characters by the artist Frohawk Two Feathers, given to us for our wedding by the artist; a big box filled with all the fancy ingredients one needs to make a Manhattan, along with vintage tumblers and a hand written recipe from a friend; a ruby ring from my husband on our wedding day; and a Soda Stream, which I predict will save me thousands in Pellegrino over the years (not to mention reducing my carbon footprint.)
What are some of your favorite gifts to buy people? I look to my friend, the designer Clare Vivier, when I need to a gift for a girlfriend. My favorite hostess gift is a beautiful living terrarium designed by Holly Flora (cooler than flowers, I think). And when I’m in a bind, who doesn’t love a Diptyque candle?
Do you have favorite go-to shops when it comes time for gift shopping? For one-stop shopping, especially around the holidays, I visit Kiosk. They source home items and more from different countries including Sweden, Mexico, Japan, Finland and beyond.