It's summertime at Nicole Van Dyke, hope your livin' is easy. Meet Clara and her Jo in handwoven linen and Italian leather. They are ready for vacation together on the fabled Cote d'Azur in France, along with her husband and their two adorable kiddies: Felix age 6, and Fiona age 4. Let's discover this International girl and what she carries around in her NVD.

Name : Clara
From : California and Italy
Currently lives in : Lausanne, Switzerland
Passions & Paycheck : mum of 2 kids with French hubby Charlie / art collector / journalist at Swiss design magazine Espaces Contemporains

Favorite NVD bag : Jo - the petit bowling bag

Clara's favorite feature is the detachable cross-body strap on the Jo bag: she's a journalist and a busy mom of two little ones, so the hands-free moments are many, whether getting ice cream in Saint Tropez with the kids, a glass of rosé with her husband, or dashing off to Milan design week for work. (Thanks to the rosé going right to our heads, we forgot to photograph the long strap while shooting the story...)

The unique handwoven linen mixed with leather works for her neutral summer wardrobe: a straw hat, lots of whites and blues, neutrals here and there.

Clara spills the contents: sparkly-dressed I-phone, Chubby stick from Clinique, wallet, keys, sunglasses, Ricola mints, band-aid tin for the kids scratches and scrapes... Essential notebook-pen-washi tape combo fit perfectly inside the Jo. 

Clara explains: "I love finding special yet simple pieces on my travels, that work easily with the rest of my closet. The NVD bags, hand-made in France in small series, are favorites. I have a Jo in smokey grey for winter, and one in ivory grain leather with cool fringe for my hippie-moods. For the summer, this linen stripe is great, it goes well with my neutrals and solid colors. 

The Mediterranean blue sea in the background, the natural pebbles under foot, a cotton hammock in between two historic trees, rosé in blue-stemmed glasses: a stunning backdrop for a great bag.

Check out the new fall Jo bags, and the rest of the collection, when we are back in September. In the meantime, enjoy your summer.

thank you & merci, Clara! xx NVD

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