July 2022

Multipurpose Laptop Purse for Day-to-Night Fashion

By Stacey Mayesh

Clare Guerrero Vivier’s  Handbag Trunk Show
I was already a fan of L.A.-based handbag designer Clare Guerrero Vivier when I attended her trunk show at the über-hip fashion emporium Steven Alan. Her purse collection embodies a certain timeless French chic (she’s married to a French TV documentary producer and spends a fair amount of the year in France with her husband and son). I like her socially conscious ethos—the entire collection is produced in L.A. to support the local economy, create jobs, and reduce her carbon footprint.

Oversized Evening Clutch Created as Laptop Case Steals Show
At the trunk show, I was mesmerized by her oversized laptop clutches. All I could think was WHY HASN’T ANYONE DONE THIS BEFORE????  It seemed so obvious and so ingenious! Clare originally created the laptop clutch on a whim when she was living in France, working as a laptop-toting journalist for French television. She is obviously on to something—the ever-fashionable China Chow and Rashida Jones are fans of the laptop case.

A chic daytime laptop case that does double duty as an oversized clutch for evening?
So brilliant!  The laptop-case-turned-purse comes in pebbled lambskin, leather, and patent leather, and in a gorgeous array of colors, including brown, black, camel, and red. Each has a rich, tactile feel. Vivier’s bags are also available in limited-edition remnant leathers. Add a pompom to truly make the clutch your own. Clare mixes fine fabrics, including silk, linen, liberty prints, and Japanese grosgrain ribbons to make the pompoms, and each is unique. They could easily be on the Marni runway, but instead, they come from L.A. and cost $20. How much do you love that?!

I’m all over these . . . I want one in every color!
Buy Clare Vivier Laptop Envelope, $180, at seevivier.com
Buy Clare Vivier Pompom, $20, at seevivier.com

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Stacey Mayesh, Fashion Contributing Editor
I am a NYC-based fashion stylist who has worked with top tier magazines (Marie Claire, InStyle, Elle, Lucky), and celebs (Selma Blair, Jessica Alba, Susan Sarandon, Sean Combs) for 15 years. I was recently featured in Vogue and on NBC Weekend Today. I now work with private clients bringing a fresh . . . Read more of her fashion secrets


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