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Clare Vivier Talks Summer Must-Haves and Entertaining Secrets

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Clare joined us for a day by the pool in Los Angeles.

Clare joined us for a day by the pool in Los Angeles.

Whether you’re lounging poolside, camping out on the beach, or jumping from a tire swing into a nearby lake, a stylish beach towel is a summer essential. When we decided to produce a new beach towel collection, L.A.-based handbag and apparel designer Clare Vivier—an expert on chic accessories that make life’s moments all the more grand—was a shoo-in for the job. We’re thrilled to unveil a new array of beach towels in collaboration with Clare V., which will catch eyes wherever life takes you this summer.

We caught up with Clare poolside in Los Angeles to talk summer must-haves, entertaining tips, and the world’s best beaches. Read on below, and don’t miss her recipe for a favorite poolside cocktail!

Clare V.’s new collection of beach towels includes her signature stripe, a spirited spot, and two text designs inspired by her travels.

Clare V.’s new collection of beach towels includes her signature stripe, a spirited spot, and two text designs inspired by her travels.

What inspired the designs of your beach towels?

“The beach towels came from our current spring/summer collection of handbags, which is inspired by my family travels to France every summer. For example, le grand départ is what they say every summer in France when basically all the cities, like Paris, empty out, and everyone goes to the countryside.

“Then there’s one that says Cervezafría, which is taken from a building near my house in Echo Park in Los Angeles. That was a hand-painted sign that I always loved. I was so happy to reuse the graphic.”

What’s your favorite design from the collection?

“I think I’m going to get a whole bunch of Le Grand Départ ones—the black-and-white ones. That’s my favorite.”

Clare brought her own entertainment for our day at the pool: a leather backgammon roll, a deck of cards in a leather case, and a stack of the latest glossies. “They’re essentials for a great day at the pool or a day at the beach, which is the best type of day for summer,” she says.

Clare brought her own entertainment for our day at the pool: a leather backgammon roll, a deck of cards in a leather case, and a stack of the latest glossies. “They’re essentials for a great day at the pool or a day at the beach, which is the best type of day for summer,” she says.

What must-haves do you always keep in your summer bag?

“A baseball hat or a bandanna, because I’m constantly needing to cover my head. I guess probably sunglasses too. I would say Garrett Leight sunglasses.”

What are you looking forward to this summer?

“I’m excited about going back to France. I’m going back to Île de Ré, which is where we went last year. We go every summer to France, but I love going to Île de Ré.”

What are some of your favorite beaches around the world to spend a summer day?

“Malibu beaches—Point Dume. Beaches in Tulum, Mexico. Oh, and in France, in Île de Ré, the secluded beaches there. And Hawaiian beaches are wonderful!”

Clare recommends a chilled rosé or a refreshing punch for poolside entertaining.

Clare recommends a chilled rosé or a refreshing punch for poolside entertaining.

What are your top three tips for summer entertaining?

“One, have chilled rosé—or a nice cocktail like the one we made. Two, always have enough towels on hand for your guests, because they won’t bring them. Three, make a killer guacamole.”

Tell us about your favorite poolside cocktail.

“This sparkling citrus, Lillet, and prosecco punch is just extremely refreshing. And it’s a great color… It’s a very happy color. It’s a good thing to serve at the pool!”

Pink grapefruit, blood orange, or tangerine juice—or a blend of all three—makes a delicious mixer for prosecco and Lillet Blanc.

Pink grapefruit, blood orange, or tangerine juice—or a blend of all three—makes a delicious mixer for prosecco and Lillet Blanc.

Serve the punch over ice in a coupe or a plastic tumbler.

Serve the punch over ice in a coupe or a plastic tumbler.

Clare V.’s Sparkling Citrus Cocktail

Ingredients

1 cup citrus juice (such as grapefruit, blood orange, or tangerine), strained

1 cup Lillet Blanc

1.5 cups of prosecco

Citrus rounds, for garnish

Directions

Combine the first three ingredients in a large pitcher filled halfway with ice. Stir. Garnish with citrus rounds.

Serve over ice. Top with a dash of prosecco for extra punch.

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