Everyone Who Wants to Work in Fashion Should Read This Career Advice
In honour of Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power’s latest book, The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career ($25), we’re running an interview series featuring 17 questions (in honour of the book’s 17 chapters) about the work lives of the most inspirational female leaders in the fashion industry. So far, we’ve tapped Reformation’s Yael Aflalo, Elyse Walker, Rachel Zoe, and more. Up next? Clare Vivier.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a girl in America who doesn’t own (or at least want) a handbag designed by Clare Vivier. The brand, now known as Clare V., has evolved into a one-stop shop for not only a plethora of gorgeous handbag styles but also covetable graphic tees, eyewear, and travel gear.
Vivier launched her California-based namesake company in 2008 after having previously worked in journalism. Her major career change came after a stint living in Paris (which explains the minimal French aesthetic of many of her designs). To find out more about the life and successful career of the CEO (and busy mum), we went straight to the source. Keep scrolling to read the interview, including the invaluable advice that everyone who wants to work in fashion should hear!
“Visit a museum like The Broad; take a walk through Elysian Park with my son, Oscar, and dog, Paco; or just get comfortable in my backyard with an espresso and a good magazine.”
“I always feel most productive when I get a good night’s rest and make it to a Pilates class in the morning. On the mornings I don’t go to Pilates, I have a little more time and I take Oscar, my son, to school; then I get to work a full hour before everyone else and I get a lot done! I start with a morning espresso. In the evening I love to wind down with a glass of French wine and a good meal cooked by my husband. If I’m lucky it’s something like Ratatouille.”
“The design team and I are working on our fall 2017 collection. It’s an exciting process to choose the new leathers and design new bodies to introduce. We’re also moving our studio to a bigger space in Frogtown in L.A.—an exciting neighborhood on the L.A. River. Also excited about opening our San Francisco store, in Hayes Valley in early 2017.”
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