Clava is a creative company with a passion for bringing together elegant craftsmanship and inspiring styles. For three decades they've been designing sophisticated leather handbags, luggage and accessories that are always infused with the freshest in fashion. What began with one bag created in a college dorm room has evolved into a lifestyle brand that caters to anyone with a love for impeccable style and beautiful things. Always keeping up with what's new and now, in 2009 Clava launched the two completely vegan lines. The Carina and Wellie Collections both seamlessly blend casual sensibility with innovative textiles and exceptional design.
Clava has continued to remain relevant in an ever fickle market thanks to the fun spirit of the individuals behind the brand. To truly know Clava, you'll need discover a bit more about Claudio, Mia and Kirsten.
Claudio Vazquez - Founder and President
Argentine born, CLAudio VAzquez, the brainchild behind CLAVA, designed his first bag out of his college dorm room at age twenty. A world traveler and a student of anything design, for three decades he has employed a keen eye and tireless drive to make Clava the success that it is today. Claudio has traveled the world (many times over) in search of the finest leathers, textiles, and materials - and his mark shows on each and every Clava piece.
Inspiration: Time well spent with family and good friends.
Favorite Clava Bag: Carina Zipper Tote/Shoulderbag (77-1002)
Favorite place to visit: Italy.
Favorite Food/Wine: Anything sushi and everything French.
Hobbies: Jet skiing, all racquet sports, cooking, languages and cycling.
Mia Hur – Creative Director & VP of Operations
Mia graduated with an art degree from NYU and has been putting her knowledge and knack for design to work at Clava for over a decade. Her keen business sense and straight forward personality allow her to keep Clava growing, while she remains grounded, as she juggles multiple roles in both work and in life. Mia's classic personal style is interpreted in every bag she designs.
Inspiration: "To be proud of what I do and who I am." Healthy competition and continually doing better.
Favorite Clava Bag: She carries both the Carina Mini Crossbody (77-1016) and Mimi Messenger (84056).
Favorite place to visit: New York City – the greatest city on earth!
Favorite Food/Wine: A steak cooked to perfection with Chimichurri sauce, and a glass of Row Eleven Pinot Noir.
Hobbies: Running/working out, (sometimes) cooking, playing with her 3 year old son, traveling as much as her family's busy schedule permits.
Kirsten Logan - VP Sales & Marketing
A jack of all trades and resident comedienne, Kirsten brings her relentless pursuit of perfection to team Clava. She has authored and successfully implemented many operational, sales and customer service protocols which have won her industry praise and accolades. Kirsten's love of color and design have played an integral part in the rebranding of Clava.
Inspiration: A family of strong, career women; especially her mother and grandmother. Fresh air and sunshine - perfect for gaining perspective and recharging.
Favorite Clava Bag: Just one? Oversized totes like the Nantucket Tote (A-26) and the Carina Large Tote(77-1004). Also, the Round Luggage Tags (CL-2007)...they make travel more colorful.
Favorite place to visit: Paris and Carmel-by-the Sea, California.
Favorite Food/Drink: The self-proclaimed foodie ranks mole meals from Café Jalapeno and Mexican Radio high on her list - with jalapeno margaritas, of course.
To drink? While it depends on the meal...Wachusetts Blueberry Ale and Stags' Leap wines are delish.
Hobbies: Being crafty in general, baking, hanging with Frankie (her super cute Schnoodle), karaoke, Scrabble, interior design, and walking around NYC with her husband.