The Cool Girl's Guide To L.A., Courtesy of Clare Vivier

Take one look at Clare Vivier's line of stylish handbags, and you just know she has impeccable taste. While L.A. has been generating more and more buzz on the fashion scene as of late, Vivier has been a constant presence out here since she founded her locally made label in 2008. "I think the quality and level of designers and brands in the city has continued to grow," she says. "I think people are paying more attention to Los Angeles... It's quite an exciting time." 

With two Clare V. stores in Los Angeles and one in New York, Vivier's fourth retail location opens today in West Hollywood. But, despite all her success, she remains humble and is quick to give credit to others. "I've grown a team of great people whom I love to be around and come to work with every day," she says. "They're so passionate about what they do, and it keeps me thriving to keep growing."

Luckily for Angelenos, the designer's innate sense of style also translates to top-notch L.A. recs. And, Clare was more than willing to dole out her local secrets. From where she finds inspiration to her favorite beauty shop, read on for Vivier's perfect picks.