There is nothing we love more than a fellow woman in business, and therefor, Clare Vivier is on the top of our list of women we love! If someone told me that I could only buy all my handbags and accessories from one company, Clare V would be my choice, hands down. Clare’s collection of clutches, handbags and accessories perfectly mix classic styles, functionality and a bit of whimsy all in one.
Plus, I love that all the products are made right here in the United States, in Clare’s hometown of Los Angeles. For us, that’s a big deal (as we make all our Tata Harper products at our headquarters in Vermont.) To give you some background; as a fashionable young woman living in France in 2008, Clare was inspired to start her namesake company when she could not find a laptop case that was functional and stylish. So, she set out to fill the gap in the market with stylish and practical handbags and accessories.
Eight years later and Clare V is a mainstay in the fashion world, with products sold worldwide and in their brick and mortar stores in California and New York. (Fun fact: you can find Tata Harper on the shelves of their Nolita store!) Clare is a businesswomen who inspires us because of the choices she’s made to manufacture all of her products here in the USA, and for the simple fact that she’s a woman running a growing brand, which unfortunately is still a rare find these days. Power to ya, female entrepreneurs!
We are so excited to feature Clare today on Angel Road, we are honored that she took the time out of her busy day to give us insight on starting your own business, the iconic pieces in the Clare V collection, and her fashion and beauty essentials. To accompany the interview, we are pleased to be giving away a beautiful Clare V clutch (filled with on-the-go Tata Harper essentials) to one of our readers! (Enter the giveaway at the end of the blog post.)
What have been the biggest challenges and biggest rewards of starting your own business?
The rewards have been seeing how the business has grown. Seeing women all around the world carrying their Clare V bags and being witness to the wonderful response the brand and bags have received – that will never get old. As the business grows, of course there will always be challenging. Being able to grow production while staying true to the core principles of the business, keeping our production local has always remained so important to us, so how can we continue to do that while keeping prices at the level that has kept us accessible and attractive to so many. It’s always a challenge to learn everything that it takes to run a business since I don’t have a formal business background at all. Those challenges present themselves every day and it remains a steep learning curve from which I am always learning and growing.
All of your products are made in Los Angeles. Could you give us some background on how you made this choice and avoided outsourcing to different countries?
Initially I made the decision to produce in Los Angeles because I didn’t have other contacts available to me at that time. But, soon I realized that it was incredibly important for me to keep production local, to be able to support the local community and create jobs here at home in my backyard. That’s something that’s always been a core principle of the brand and something we’ve remained committed to.
If someone is going to buy their first Clare V bag or clutch, what design would you suggest?
I think someone might consider the clutch our signature, it’s certainly been the most popular and bestseller for us. But we have so many smaller accessories that are a great entry point to the brand as well for someone starting smaller and some larger more traditional handbags for someone who may be a bit older, someone who’s looking for something more classic. There are options enough for everyone, which is something we’ve kept a focus on as the brand has grown.
What are five key fashion or accessories that every woman should have in their closet?
What are the five beauty essentials that you keep in your purse every day?
How do you maintain an active and healthy life? Do you have a certain fitness routine or habits?
In Los Angeles, we seem to always be outside and in motion. My favorite way to stay active is to take long hikes with my son and dog – it’s the best weekend activity and my favorite way to recharge and spend time together.
Could you share with us one of your favorite tips to beautiful and healthy skin?
Espresso, red wine, and everything else in moderation 🙂
“Everything in moderation” is such a good rule of thumb. We hope you all enjoyed learning a bit more about Clare. I think it is about time I add one of the Clare V clutches to my closet, but how to decide?! There are so many different designs and style. Talk about a good dilemma to have!
Well, one of you lucky Angel Road readers will soon have this clutch in your closet! We are so pleased to be giving away a Clare V clutch and a selection of Tata Harper’s favorite night out essentials to one lucky winner. To enter the giveaway please use the rafflecopter below. (At this time we can only offer this giveaway to our US based readers.)
- Clare V Double Clutch in Natural Canvas/Washed Denim (You can snap the two clutches together, or use them each individually!)
- Rejuvenating Hand Cream
- Be Fierce Lip Treatment
- Love Potion 5ml
- Aromatic Stress Treatment 5ml
- Very Illuminating
- Very Sweet Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint