Somehow, within weeks of starting this hunt, I came across the CLAREVIVIER line and it was love at first sight. I got this new bag for spring, and it's practically perfect in every way.
This messenger tote was pretty much exactly what I wanted in my life. I was looking at the company's website, contemplating if I should make the purchase. I waited a couple days on it, and in the meantime subscribed to the blog (adorable.) I tend to get a little too "into" any person/company/brand that I like, even if for a few days. And CLAREVIVIER pretty much instantly became a stalker situation for me with goods like this.
All the bags are locally made in Burbank, and it seems Clare herself is still very involved in the manufacturing process. Pictures like this make me happy (from the blog).
On further, deeper levels of stalking, I followed Clare to Paris, found out she's from Minnesota, and swooned over her personal style. But really, my stalkerism aside, the quality speaks for itself. I love how the bag manages to have both a handmade and luxury feel at the same time.
I also really like the font of the branding.