Sunday, April 21, 2013

Field Trip: Clare Vivier for Jenni Kayne at the Brentwood Country Mart

Designer Clare Vivier and a selection of her bags

The Escale duffle bag with Jenni Kayne D'Orsays and clothing

The expert monogrammer makes his marks
Our finished personalized small clutches!

The combined charm of Clare Vivier + Jenni Kayne makes us a bit giddy, and we thoroughly enjoyed our field trip to the Jenni Kayne store at the Brentwood Country Mart to experience a selection from the chic CV bag collection in person. We gushed over a range of CV bags, including those created exclusively for Jenni Kayne. The colors and textures made choosing just one a challenging task (we lingered over the decision for at least an hour); our eyes hopped from haute hot pink, electric grape, and cherry red to classic camel, navy, olive, cream, and a lived-in denim blue.

The signature foldover clutches are endlessly useful, from the wallet size to oversize options. We love the wallet size that makes a great little evening bag carried on its own, and also functions as the perfect makeup pouch for travel and everyday use. Another happy surprise: the Escale duffle bag in navy with classic top handles and a long strap for perfect versatility. We saw a number of those lovelies march out the door during our visit.

We were lucky to have a little chat with the lovely Clare, who mentioned that she gets the key collection colors from Jenni Kayne in advance and then includes those colors in her bag designs for JK. The citrus stripe and other bold brights on camel lend a just-right jolt of color, and are insanely stylish when carried with a complementary-hued ensemble (three cheers for the preppy + punk = prunk aesthetic). We love that Clare produces her bags ethically and that they are locally made in Los Angeles. And how cool is this: the event included a free small or large monogram on your chosen bag in gold or white. We went big in gold and couldn’t be happier.

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