Citizen Hip: Clare Vivier

It is said that necessity is the mother of invention, and no mother knows this better than handbag designer Clare Vivier. After seeing the void for chic, yet timeless laptop cases, Vivier left her career in French television and established her wildly successful accessories line. When she’s not holding down the fort at her Silver Lake boutique, Vivier and Bentley, Clare can be found scoring aces in Griffith Park, eating Mexican food Downtown or unearthing the perfect vintage hat in Echo Park.

Runyon Canyon /  2000 N Fuller Ave  /  323 666 5046

Los Angeles is filled with amazing hikes but this is a good, quick (1 hour) and hard work out – I love the one up on the ridge. Do this a few times a week and before you know it, your legs and bum look amazing.

Mas Malo /  515 W 7th St  /  213 985 4332

Mas Malo’s Mexican food is delish; the only danger is overeating! The space is a former jewelry store from the 20s with a beautiful vaulted ceiling. There is a tequila bar in the old safe and an intimate downstairs bar.

Vermont Canyon Tennis Courts at Griffith Park /  2715 Vermont Canyon  /  323 664 3521

These are the most beautiful public courts. Playing tennis at Vermont Canyon, you have no idea that you’re in the middle of a majorly congested metropolis.

Canelé /  3219 Glendale Blvd  /   323 666 7133

This is my favorite restaurant. Chef Corina Weibel and Keith McNally alum Jane Choi have created the coziest spot with an open kitchen and no pretension. It’s perfect for a yummy family dinner or a romantic date night.

Taylor De Cordoba /  2660 S La Cienega Blvd  /  310 559 9156

This gallery has become a Mecca for cultural events.  They host the best openings and have a stellar roster of artists.  I love their Eating Our Words series, where they pair a local chef or artisanal food maker with an author, and the author reads while the cook does a demo.

Luxe de Ville /  2151 W Sunset Blvd  /  213 353 0135

This vintage store is not too big, and it’s finely edited so there’s not too much searching to do. If I have an event to go to, I run in and always find something – a hat, shoes, a necklace or a dress – to make my outfit complete.


Images courtesy of Flickr, Mas Malo and Luxe de Ville.


-Christina Mannatt


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