Clare V. Bags at Shop Stellin

I recently discovered a new brand that I am absolutely smitten with called Clare V.

Designed by Los Angeles-based designer Clare Vivier (more about her below), Clare’s bags are timeless, high quality, and at price points that are actually affordable for a designer brand. I am absolutely in love with her signature Alistair-Petit Bag in the color Cuoio with Cream Facing. Here are its specifications:

  • Reminiscent of circular vintage luggage, the Cuoio Vachetta Petit Alistair’s top handles and long shoulder strap paired with its pronounced edges give this bag a beautiful look that is refreshingly modern.
  • Style #CB10030-863
  • Dimensions: 9.5″ diameter x 3″3
  • Handle Drop: 3.25″
  • Strap Drop: 19.5″ (removable)
  • Interior Zippered Drop Pocket
  • Removable shoulder/crossbody strap
  • Dropped, contrasting cream goat panels with a light grey zipper
  • Italian Vachetta is a natural vegetable-tanned cowhide with a very light surface finish, allowing natural skin variance, color and texture to show through
  • Clean with a soft, dry cloth
  • Crossbody Multi Braided Webbing strap can be purchased 
  • Made in LA

This bag is just the right size for a day out. I’ve been able to fit my long wallet, phone, and makeup touch up kit without any issues. The leather is a gorgeous quality that doesn’t scratch easily, but will age beautifully.

For us bag lovers in the Philippines, we’re in luck that top bag distributor Shop Stellin carries Clare’s beautiful bags on her site! I invited Kat of Shop Stellin to answer some questions about these beautiful must-haves. I guarantee you’re going to want one when you get to the end of this post and I’ve got a great discount for you if you do!

Where is Clare V originally from. Can you tell us a bit about its founding story.

Designed and produced in Los Angeles, California, Clare V. was founded by American designer Clare Vivier in 2008. As a journalist working for French television, Clare Vivier noted the lack of stylish laptop cases on the market and decided to create a line of bags and accessories of her own to address this need. Her designs are inspired by her strong connection to France and is known for elegant functionality and timeless simplicity.

(Clare V in LA Times feature. Read it here)

How did Shop Stellin discover the brand?

We first noticed the brand back in 2015 when we spotted their leopard foldover clutch bag and immediately fell in love with its impeccable craftsmanship and dual style – you can carry it like a flat clutch or folded. We’ve been a fan ever since. Our current favorite includes the Petit Alistair bags and Petit Simple Tote.

What is it about Clare V that you like?

It is affordable luxury. You get well-crafted and elegant bags without breaking the bank.

What materials does Clare V often use in their bags?

We only carry select Clare V. pieces and all of them are made with vegetable-tanned leather, suede leather or calf hair.

What are Clare V’s best sellers?

The Simple Totes and the foldover clutch bags are their classic and best-selling styles.

Have any celebrities been spotted wearing their items?

Katie Holmes, Jessica Alba, Sophia Bush, Kirsten Dunst, Emma Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence to name a few.

Jessica Alba with her Clare V. clutch. (Image from here)

How can people order a bag from Shop Stellin?

They can place an order through our website or contact us on Instagram @shopstellin. We accept payments via BPI/BDO bank deposit or credit card paymnets through PayPal.

Run don’t walk! These beautiful Clare V bags are currently available at the Shop Stellin site. The Alistair is even sold out on Clare V’s official site so you have better chances of nabbing it here!

I’m offering my lucky readers a 15% discount on Shop Stellin’s web page for ANY beautiful item! Simply type the code CATJL15 upon checking out! Code is available till December 18, 2017 only! 

Learn more about Shop Stellin through their:

Website Instagram Page

(The detachable leather pompom on my Clare V bag is an added addition from Shop Stellin exclusively!)


My Mother’s Cupboard at Evia Lifestyle Center, Daang Hari

Tucked into a corner of Evia Lifestyle Center along Daang Hari near Alabang is My Mother’s Cupboard: a beautifully curated home & kitchen store with some of the loveliest items we’ve seen in Manila. Carl and I discovered this store last week and knew we had to be back. Upon our return, we nabbed a whole bunch of home decors, a cast iron pan for steaks, and a raclette machine.

If you’re ever in the south, do stop by and it’s a guarantee you won’t leave empty handed. Check out our favorite items in this wonderful store below:

My Mother’s Cupboard is located at the Lower Ground Level of Evia Lifestyle Center along Daang Hari (go south on South Super Highway and exit the MCX, you won’t miss it!) 

Learn more about My Mother’s Cupboard through their:

Facebook Page | Instagram 

Mobile number: 09491461174 / 09054578272


Gautier: Functional French Furniture Now in the Philippines

Gautier is a French furniture brand known for making high quality functional pieces that are perfect for both children and adults. They pride themselves on furniture that lasts and can work well in small apartment spaces. For instance, a bed that can be a desk and a cabinet too!

I was recently introduced to the Gaultier when they offered to lend us pieces for the set of The Parent Files Season 4, which we shot a few months ago. Here are the functional and beautiful pieces used during our shoot:

Gautier Philippines is exclusively distributed by Blims Furniture. Learn more about them through their:

Website | Facebook Page | Instagram 

Gautier’s showroom in Manila is located at:

2nd Flr Podium of the Shangri-la at the Fort, BGC

Tel# 946-3660