I asked Agnes Baddoo, an early style setter, if she would be willing to photograph and cover a few of her favorite L.A. women for KiC. Thankfully, she agreed and here is her first guest profile.
Agnes Baddoo is a stylist, author and creator of Everyw’air aromatherapy products and a newly launched line of accessories.
It’s true that Clare Vivier started her bag empire out of her own need for a durable, yet stylish laptop bag, but to me, the appeal is much more significant than that. In my opinion, clare basically re-invented the wheel or maybe re-set the clock on the course of covetous accessories. She’s Joan and David, Coach, and il bisonte all rolled into one– but with her own colorful flair.
When I first met Clare around 2007 or ’08, “it bags” were wearing their owners and the fashion climate was in the throes of bells, whistles, zippers and blazing logos. As someone reared on boat totes, Danish school bags, leather saddle bags, Coach buckets, and il bisonte classics, I kept my head down and happily sat out the craze. Then, as luck would have it, I ran into Clare with a prototype of her now classic tote, the Le Tropezienne, with it’s simple and practical zip pouch inside. Small enough to tote, large enough for the laptop and other sundries — it’s the perfect gal-on-the-go bag. Finally, fashion shifted on it’s axis and returned to timeless classics and Clare’s moment arrived.
Her all purpose, multifunctional, well crafted, mostly leather bags, totes, clutches, duffles, cross bodies, catch-alls, card cases, etc. come in a variety of colors to accessorize your every whim. Plus, the bags are well priced and therefore lovingly collectable. These are simple, elegant accessories for a broad cross section of lifestyles, and for the whole family really. And no two people wear them the same. Like the classics I grew up with, Vivier accessories are age-proof — mothers and daughters can share, trade, or borrow without asking “is this too old/young for me?”. The styles and colors can go in and out of your wardrobe rotation, but you’ll keep them forever — and a forever piece is cost effective. Now, that’s chic.
Here are a few takeaways from my chat with Clare:
Five things you cannot travel without:
– My iPad mini, stocked with a few good books
– My Clare Vivier weekender
– My Beats by Dre headphones
– My giant cashmere Isabel Marant scarf
– My sleep mask
Pieces I will have forever:
The Rolex my father gave me for my 30th birthday, I try not to hang onto my clothing for too long which can be hard!
Right now it’s a little bit of rap and Daft Punk.
“I Am Love”
I am inspired by my artist friends: Simone Shubuck, Jeana Sohn, Deedee Cheriel, and Hadley Holiday.
3 Beauty musts:
Decleor Night Balm, Decleor Cleansing Milk, and Dior Show mascara.
Packing essentials for work trips? For family vacation?
Work: Macbook Air, Clare Vivier duffle.
Family: More mom stuff because I have to pack for Oscar, beach gear etc and Birkenstocks!
Favorite Los Angeles addresses?
Soho House, Canele, Taix, Son of a Gun
When you’re not working, travelling, mothering, wife-ing? What do you for ‘me time’?
Friend dates, shopping, resting, and reading.
I love having people in our backyard during the summer. We have friends over and we all sit at our big table and make my mother in laws ratatouille with cous cous and merguez.
Favorite destination/Next Destination:
18-karat gold turquoise ring
Kalia denim jacket
Lighter-heel leather mules
Carolina single-breasted wool-twill cocoon coat
Demi-fine 14K gold-plated hoop
Oversized-lapel double-breasted wool-blend coat
Quincy shiny ballerina loafer mule
Pleated checked wool midi skirt
Checked wool blazer
High-rise straight-leg jeans
Blanche leather ankle boots
Bellechasse medium leather-trimmed canvas bag