Clare Vivier noticed a need for functional yet fashionable laptop cases. She's now at the helm of Clare V., one of the world's most coveted accessories brands...
Ask Clare Vivier about her top three business tips for those wanting to start an accessories line and she cuts straight to the chase: “Be patient. It doesn’t happen overnight, but with the right direction and singular vision, great things can happen.” If anyone should know, it’s Vivier. Last year, the former journalist opened a Clare V. store in San Francisco, her 7th US store. Whether it’s her sweatshirts emblazoned with witty slogans or her chic handbags which are loaded with personality, Vivier designs the kind of pieces we want in our closet. For the record, her favourite colour combination is “bleu, blanc and rouge, always.” When we visit Vivier in her LA home, she’s candid about the reality of juggling motherhood with a business that’s growing rapidly. “Finding the balance between motherhood and work is challenging. Time management is a real struggle for working parents. I’m fortunate to have a husband who really steps up and pitches in when we need him to and that’s helped to keep our family moving forward,” she says. We couldn’t wait to find out more about what goes on behind the scenes in the world of this talented accessory designer Photography: Jenna Louise Potter
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Determined, ambitious and creative.
What has motherhood taught you so far?
Patience and thinking beyond and outside of oneself. My son truly teaches me something every day.