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Do you want this gorgeous bag?… I need feedback please

I need your thoughts on something….

Last week, I blogged about Noix de Coc’s Advent Calendar just because I loved the design.
We were not planning to stock it on BODIE and FOU because we normally don’t stock themed items (Xmas, Valentine’s….unless it’s something beautiful like this Love poster which works all year round) but I just thought it was a great and unusual advent calendar to share with you.
Now the designer and ourselves have actually received several emails from customers interested in buying it and since Noix de coc’ has not yet an online stockist, we’ve agreed to take stock which will be limited but more of this later.
Now this made me realized that although not everyone leaves comment on the blog, a lot of you actually take interest in some of the designs featured on the blog regardless of them being on our online shop or not so it got me thinking…

I’ve always been a big fan of La Tropezienne – a gorgeous tote bag designed by LA designer Clare Vivier but since we specialize in design & chic homeware rather than fashion, I’m not sure if we should add this beautiful bag and other clutches that Clare has designed, to BODIE and FOU.
Clare is one cool lady who is definitively going places. She is great, good fun and very stylish. We’ve actually never met but like a lot of friendship that blossom via twitter or blogs with people on the other side of the world, Clare and I have a lot of things in common (she is married to a French guy…), loves Charlotte Gainsbourg and we share the same sense of humour (not sure if it’s a good thing…;-). In fact, Charlotte Gainsbourg has also a ‘La Trop’ tote bag like mine…

Clare’s gorgeous bags, clutches, shopping totes are now available at Steven Alan, Holt Renfrew in Canada which is basically the equivalent of Barneys New York and Saks Fifth Avenue in the US or Selfridges in London so big fashion shops who know what they are doing!

So my question to you is how much do you love all these California-made bags? (just writing California-made makes me want another one!)
Do you prefer La Tropezienne tote bag or this beautiful Navy Messenger bag which got featured in Real Simple in the States or Clare’s stylish and feminine gold clutches (they come in various colours….) which sell like hot cakes in Japan?
Would you be happy to buy them if we were stocking them on B&F?
I need to speak to Clare to work out custom duties, shipping etc but I think La Tropezienne bag would work out about £160 which I think is a very good price for a leather bag made in raw-edged tan natural and the clutch bag would be about £90-£110

So please don’t be shy, let me know what you think, leave a comment on the blog, on twitter or simply email me at [email protected] and if you like it, we will stock it because I think it’s one good looking bag to have on one’s arm!

I’m just adding this great photo of Irene from NYC with her La Trop bag for Clare to see…If you’ve already bag yourself a La Trop bag, feel free to send me photos. xoxo

Thank you thank you so much to everyone for your great feedback! La Tropezienne leather tote bag is now available on BODIE and FOU here
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Founder of Award-Winning Concept Store BODIE and FOU (now closed) & Photographer, UK's Top 10 Design blog, mum of one cool surfer, 23 years in London, now living by the beach in France, married to a kiwi.


  1. BertieD says

    If you stock La Tropezienne I’ll be the first in queue to buy! Totally gorgeous and affordable – perfect!

  2. Anonymous says

    yes yes please!! the raw tote I would buy, and probably the blue one too…

  3. ooh they sure are lovely! I like the top one best, but the brown one at the bottom really made me think twice. you should definitely stock them, I think they’d go very well with all your stylish products!

  4. i love your blog and online shop. i live in the US and promptly ordered clare’s la trop when you first featured it on your blog :)

  5. I, too, would love to buy it! I’m trying not to buy any more bags @ the moment but they are very much my taste, and I agree, good value at that price. I am so not someone who would spend a lot of money on an It bag.

    Just found YOU thru your comment on mine (via Garance) thank you! I don’t know if my blog is appropriate to swap links, but do let me know if you’d like to. Either way, I’m adding you, as I’d love to come back. It’s nice to see sisters getting along and working together ; ) xx

  6. I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this brand before. Simply stunning! I just bought a muse2, so I’m out of the bag market for a little, but if they ever make oh say a stylish camera bag, I’ll be the first to sign up.

  7. Great choice for Bodie and Fou : love the colour, the design of La Tropézienne tote bag :)… and the price too!

  8. They are great looking bags, and I think a good fit for Bodie and Fou. One of my favorite home decor shops in Tampa also sells a small but very nice selection of jewelry and handbags.


  9. Anonymous says

    Absolutely the tan one!!!! and probably the blue one too…. if not too pricey.

  10. Beth said..LOVE THESE BAGS! The great thing about the brown bag is everything! The styl the color and the name! Love It! All the bags are gorgeous!!

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