Best Place to Shop for Handbags - 2012
Clare Vivier Los Angeles Flagship
One part classic French glamour and two parts casual L.A. cool, Clare Vivier handbags are the epitome of warm, luxe minimalism. As of this summer, Vivier, who used to share retail space with Kathryn Bentley's Dream Collective, now has a brick-and-mortar store of her very own: the Clare Vivier Los Angeles Flagship. Vivier's unfussy, unadorned leather totes, cases, wallets and clutches are a refreshing alternative to luxury-label conspicuous consumption. The La Tropezienne tote, in unlined, eco-tanned Italian leather, is simplicity itself — the bag you'll turn to when you're sick of zippers and tassels and studs and buckles and all those other bells and whistles. 3339 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake. (323) 665-2476, clarevivier.com.