Everyone Who Wants to Work in Fashion Should Read This Career Advice

In honor of Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power’s latest book, The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career ($14), we’re running an interview series featuring 17 questions (in honor 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 mom), 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!

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