I think I may have just found my birthday present this year. Clare Vivier bags are locally made in LA and the simple styles and minimal embellishments only serve to highlight the classic lines and quality of the leather used.
Grechen and I were at Spartan today (which may be my favorite boutique in Austin, hands down) and were able to take a look at their selection of Clare Vivier goods. The leather is super soft and lightweight--a huge plus in my book as I have no inclination for heavy bags (I already stuff my bags full of snacks as is).
Now I'm torn between the gorgeous La Tropézienne (the leather is just amazing)
Or the ever practical Messenger Tote with a zip closure and long strap
Her clutches are gorgeous as well!