Monday, April 7, 2014

A Day in the Life of Clare V.

No two days are the same for me but people have been asking me what my average day looks like, so I thought it'd be fun to give you a better look into my daily routine. (I'm always a sucker for this feature myself.) So here I document a day (or two - to be honest!) to show you where I go, what I do and who I see. From dawn in my sun-streaked bedroom to dusk meeting new friends at a very memorable event in Virginia at Need Supply, this is a little bit what my life looks like. 

My bedroom is my favorite place in the house, I rarely get to spend much time here, but it's really peaceful and the light is beautiful. I simply can't walk by without wanting to crawl right in and take a nap. This is right when I woke up, with the sheets perfectly tousled - my husband is still sleeping, shhh. I love the morning light, looking so lovely slicing in. 

I caught Oscar right after he dressed - school mornings are not his favorite and are never easy in our house. His colorful tee and pants look kind of cool next to the big Simone Shubuck piece hanging in my upstairs hallway. 

I was lucky enough to sneak out of the office for a bit to meet friends for a birthday lunch at one of my favorite places, Pizzeria Mozza. This pizza tasted just as good as it looked - they get it just right every time. 

 And then there was this. Olive oil and espresso gelato that was the perfect way to end Deb's birthday. I can't even begin to describe just how delicious this was.

Back at the studio, we usually get a lot of inventory delivered from our factories every afternoon, it's my favorite time of day - I love seeing the new bags. On this day - spotted Sandrines are in! Here they are all queued up waiting to be sent out to our stores and retail accounts. 

 And what says CV more than stacks and stacks of clutches? I spy some very pretty Spring colors. 

I absolutely love when we have fresh flowers from Hollyflora in the office. We got a special delivery for a photo shoot we were having at CVHQ that day for Elle Japan and they add a pretty pop of Spring to our conference table. 

Before I caught a redeye back east, I got ready to go to a dinner for Jane Herman and Florence Kane of Jeanstories. I love that I was featured in the very earliest stages of their site and Jane and Florence couldn't be lovelier. I wore my Acne Pop jeans and my older sister's aged and beaten Lee Jeans jacket. 

Vogue and a few chic LA designers (Jen Meyer, Greg Chait, Scott Sternberg) hosted the lovely dinner in their honor at AOC. All the denim was offset by these lovely Spring blooms. 

After the party I went straight to the airport where I caught a red-eye to NY. I only had a few hours there and filled it with back to back meetings, before returning to the airport to fly to Richmond, VA. It was a lovely day there though - the cold seemed to have abated for more Spring-worthy weather. I barely had a chance to breathe while there, let alone take any pictures, but as my taxi came to pick me up I turned and looked west and the setting sun reflecting onto the new Freedom Tower was so amazing, I had to snap. 

 From New York I headed south with my friend, and monogrammer Walker Baron in tow, to the Meet The Maker series hosted by Need Supply. They threw an event in my honor which brought out some of the nicest, most fashionable people in all of VA. Here's a bird's eye view of the scene.  

I kind of geeked out when I saw these sweet girls all rocking their own CV. I was so glad they turned out to Meet the Maker, me - and shop! 

They even created CV-themed cocktails for the event, which were a nice, personalized touch. 

I got back to LA on Saturday afternoon and I went straight back to my happy spot.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Look Back at our Spring Poster Events

Last week we celebrated the onset of Spring by hosting a Poster Event at both our LA and NYC stores - and what fun we had! Matilde, our tres belle lookbook model, was in attendance and our friends came out to shop the newest bags for Spring - and get their first look at our new tees, which will be available in stores soon. (How cute does Matilde look holding up her 'Bonjour!'?). Take an inside look at some of our favorite moments from each fête with these sweet pics. -Alexis

An evening at our LA store in Silverlake...

And then CV and Matilde headed back east for an evening at our Nolita shop with posters of Matilde dressing up the window display. 

Photos courtesy of and Pierre Auroux

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Black Duff in Belgium

You may have noticed that we're kind of obsessed with Matilde. She's a total celeb to us here at CVHQ, which is why we want you to come by and meet her in person at Friday night's event at our store in NYC (see you at 7?)!

She recently took her Black Duff back to Belgium with her and snapped some shots of the bag whilst on her journey. The images are equal parts cinematic and solitary, showing the simplicity of the beloved Duff in enchanted settings. From a walkway through a fabled forest to a picturesque cityscape to brilliantly drawn graffiti art, there's a poetry in the settings she chose and the way she framed each photo. Here are some of our favorite shots from her trip. -Alexis

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Meet Matilde!

Here at CVHQ, we're so excited about our Spring Poster events next week and have been crushing on the lookbook images starring Matilde. Matilde is a CV original. She was the second employee after Jocelyn, fresh off the plane she became Clare's first intern when the business was still being run out of her house. She watched the company grow over her year spent working and now, well, you can see how far she's come. Since she's the star (and set to make an appearance at both events in LA and NYC!), I wanted to ask her a few questions so you could get to know this belle fille a bit better. - Alexis

Name, Age, Occupation: Matilde Riccardi, 22. Creative for soon-to-hatch project. In the meantime:

Hometown: Brussels

Q: How would you describe your style? 

A: I want to leave the impression of wearing something from the past in the future. My style is eclectic, without looking like a theater character, I wear pieces from different times and places. It's all about balance. When I pull something from my closet, when I decide what is going to be the focus, I find the perfect other pieces to coordinate with it. That's how my bed becomes a mess of thrown jackets. It's ', YES, that's it!'
I own a broad range of essential pieces, which allow me to play along with my desires and ideas. It can be a combination of H&M + vintage + men + APC, it doesn't really matter. The final silhouette needs to have that good fit and natural feel. Ideally it would be a new character in a plausible fiction story. My style is also never too polished, I never want to feel conscious about what I'm wearing. When I wear something, I don't want to have to readjust it during the day. It doesn't mean it's all about comfort. I'm really into high-waisted jeans - it gives you discipline.

Q: What are the three items in your closet you can't live without? 

A: To be honest, the nightmare would be to lose my suitcase. I love my clothes. But the three items I seem to wear constantly are gold rings, earrings and necklace - basics that never change. 

Q: What do you find to be the difference between LA style and style in Belgium? 

A: I guess here in LA I have that little Belgian hint, probably with a touch of humour. It's not a direct influence from Belgium - because we can't say the majority of Belgian people dress extravagantly - but a reaction to its traditional and bourgeois style and most likely, the weather. 

And then, when I went back home a couple of weeks ago my best friend thought I was baba cool, I'm not sure what it means, I guess it's a California vibe. A more relaxed aspect to my style maybe. 

I like the idea of a mix of both cultures. 

Q: Where are your favorite places to shop in LA? 

A: Garage sales. It's all about keeping your eyes open for opportunities.

I was drinking a coffee with a friend when literally a garage mechanic came up to us and said he was having a garage sale close by. I went out of curiosity and it turned out to be the best shopping deal ever. Those dudes were selling the wardrobe of a woman, who was my size (We don't know her, what, how...). We ended up staying 3 hours trying on everything. I even called him back. I needed more. 

Q: What do you look for when shopping? 

A: The piece that's missing in my closet...a crush. 

Q: Favorite recent purchase? 

A: Nothing better than going shopping with your grandma for your birthday. I came home with brown suede knee boots. 

Q: Desert island beauty products?

A: Avène Thermal Spring Water. It's so fresh. 
Q: Favorite Spring bag?

A: My little white Madeleine (pictured)! It's great, it's like driving a white car in LA. So chic. 
Q: What can you not wait to wear this Spring/Summer? 

A: This cute floral ensemble: a skirt + top from my youth. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

You're Invited To Celebrate Spring With CV!

We're getting excited to celebrate Spring in LA and NYC! Be sure to join us next week when we launch our Spring collection in our LA and NY stores. Grab a cocktail, meet our gorge lookbook model, Matilde, and take home a limited-edition CV poster! Did we mention there's free on-site monogramming with purchase? We'll see you there! 

Los Angeles: Tuesday, 3/18 7-9 PM

New York: Friday, 3/21 7-9 PM

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Paris, Je T'aime

Feels like I was just there, but last week I took another trip to the City of Light for market appointments, where I got to meet with European (& Asian) buyers and editors from all over the world! After the seemingly interminable flight from LAX, I arrived at 7 a.m. in Paris, just in time to catch a few winks before heading over to the lunch fête for Garance Dore and her debut stationery and gift collection with Rifle Paper Co. at Claus.

Here are some of the lovely cards and notes that were on display, all hand drawn by Garance. 

The tempting French pastries and delicacies at lunch.

I adore this shot of Garance. She is so lovely and looks radiant at the lunch in her honor. It was my first time meeting her and she was a charmingly hospitable host. 

I was so excited when I saw this shot of stylist Elisa Nalin that New York Times Fashion shared on Instagram. She's wearing the double dot clutch for Fall and it looks so good against her cool combo of yellow hues. I couldn't have dreamed up a better model.

I stopped into Le Bon Marché to see the CV collection, newly arrived at the store, and do a presentation for the sales staff.

And I was obliged to peruse the shoe department while I was there. I fell in love with these Isabel Marant geometric print shoes with low talons (day heels, yay!) - in fact, I'm wearing them today.

On my way to dinner I walked past this Curtis Kulig design on the façade of the Louis Vuitton store in Saint Germain. The colors were perfect. 

That night I had dinner with the adorable couple from Rifle Paper Co., Anna and Nathan, at the (very popular) Le Relais de L'Entrecôte. I had the typically French steak frites and loved the handwritten dessert menu. 

The spoils of dîner with the team: Vin rouge, moutarde and some sweet business cards.

On our way home from dinner I got the best view in the city, the Louvres all lit up at night. 

This shot makes me smile. As soon as I got out of the metro, the rain had stopped and this beautiful rainbow emerged over a still-soaked Paris. 

A typical Parisian interior with toile and floral prints. 

I loved this wall I saw in a store while out and about and I had to snap a pic.

Christene Barberich and Annie Georgia Greenberg from Refinery29 came by to see the Fall collection. I stole this great shot straight from Christene's insta. Her caption said it all: "Beaucoup clutches" 

And that crazy long flight back home. Me and my traveling companion, Grace Lee, decided to stock up on some essential reading with this heaping pile of print. A perfect way to wind down from the trip. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sneak Peek Inside CVHQ

Hi everyone, it's Alexis! Clare's traveling to Paris this week, so I've taken over her blog for the day. I wanted to give you a sneak peek inside our studio here at CVHQ. You'll see cute CV staffers, the cool things that inspire us every day, luxe sheets of leather and what's currently on Clare's mood board. These are some of my favorite shots! 

 Every morning when we walk into the studio, we're greeted by this mesmerizing painting by Hadley Holliday - it's the perfect bright spot to start the day. The colors go so perfectly with my new crush: the Weekender in Blush (coming soon to CV web and stores)!

This shot makes it look like we work in an airport hanger, but really our space is a bit cozier than that. Here, Saya and Tran are talking shop in the corner while everyone else looks very hard at work! 

Look at all these outgoing orders! Greta's manning the shipping dolly, making sure all of the packages get out in time - and into your hands! Plus, she's wearing the Julie, a new favorite that all the girls in the office are going crazy for! 

I couldn't resist adding in this photo because the light fixture is just so pretty. The metal arms look like beautiful tree branches and bring some sculptural detail to our studio space. 

Racks and racks of leather samples. See anything you like? Clare's always testing out a bunch of great new textures, colors and printed leathers for upcoming seasons.

Mood boards are my favorite window into a designer's mind. Currently on Clare's? Enough to take up an entire wall in her office! There are tons of samples lined up on the bottom and great shots from magazines that have been inspiring her. And those shirts are pretty darn cute - also coming to a CV store near you this Spring!

Clare grabbed this sketch right off of our graphic designer, Lizzie's desk. It's a great graphic representation of what CV is all about. And it frames the lovely Louise so perfectly.

And this is Clare's desk. Since we'd had a photographer in the office, those are Hollyflora beauts on her desk. Underneath one of her jackets and sweaters it he Kneeland Co. thick loop chair covering and some still-to-be-hung posters sit in the background.

Anything else you'd like to see? Send us a tweet @ShopClareV!