May 22, 2014

The Riviera Tote is Back…Again!

Spring is in the air and summer is around the corner. To prepare for the months ahead when you’re on the go, we just received a new shipment of the Riviera Tote.
Riveriera Tote at maison k
The beauty of this leather tote is in it chic simplicity and clean lines. It is sturdy, yet lightweight, and beautifully made in Italy of finely textured leather.
You won’t find heavy hardware and busy logos. You will find an easy-to-grab-and-go tote that works with your entire wardrobe whether you’re heading to the office, off to the farmers’ market, exploring a seaside village or relaxing poolside.
Riviera Tote in many colors, call Maison K Santa Barbara, Montecito, CA

The Riviera Tote travels well

The roomy tote fits everything you can toss its way and includes a small, zippered leather pouch that attaches to the interior with a leather tie. This is so handy for your phone, credit cards and keys.

Additionally, the tote travels well. It folds flat so it’s easy to slip into your suitcase, allowing you the extra room so often needed on a trip.

Many colors to choose from 

We have several colors: Ivory, Dark Brown or Black on our website and more in the store. Please call for availability. Typically people buy one and then find they love it so much they buy another color as well.

I discovered this tote in Paris and called it the Riviera Tote because it personifies the chic ease of the Riviera lifestyle, whether that’s Italian, French or American.

I hope you enjoy using this wonderful tote as much as I do.

Email us about availability of colors or call Maison K at 805-969-1676. 


The climate, topography, landscape and beauty of Santa Barbara is so reminiscent of of the Mediteranean, and the French Riviera in particular, that it has come to be known as “the American Riviera.”  No better place to experience our coastal idyll is at the iconic Four Seasons Biltmore on Channel drive, just a hop skip from Maison K.  The Biltmore, designed by Reginald D. Johnson,  is the perfect holiday destination for locals and visitors alike, with stunning gardens, a luxurious spa and salon, as well, the expanded ocean side terrace with views to the sea.  This terrace is delightful at all hours of the day, a marvelous place to soak up the splendor of our lovely town.

October 17, 2013

Brand New Colors

Riviera Tote in new colors at MAISON K

Maison K, Brand New Colors, Riviera Tote, From Kimberly, Aime Maeght, Beaulieu sur MerFor years, I had heard of a French language emersion school located in the south of France on the French Riviera.  Situated in Ville Franche sur Mer, in a villa on a steep hill overlooking one of the deepest natural harbors of the mediterranean, the Institute de Francais is an intensive 9-5/ 5 days a week commitment for one month.  My high school French was sorely put to test – and I came out the other side with a diploma stating most improved!  During the weekends, we (adult) students from all over the world would take the bus to Nice, walk to the market nearby in Beaulieu sur Mer, (where I found fabulous Italian clothing for the store) and take bus trips to the surrounding areas.  Shown here is an image from the garden of Foundation Maeght located in St. Paul de Vance. Inaugurated in 1964, it is a private foundation conceived by Marguerite and Aimé Maeght, a showcase of contemporary art and architecture surrounded by nature. Works by Giacometti, Miro, Chagall and Braque, among other artists collaborated in creating a unique creation and experience.


July 11, 2013

Our Riviera Tote is Back!

riviera tote is back at maison k
Maison K, From Kimberly, Riviera Tote, Pierre Bonnard, The Philips Collection
Pierre Bonnard 
“The Riviera” circa 1923


This dreamy French landscape painting by Pierre Bonnard resides in the permanent collection of The Phillips Collection at 20th & R in Washington, D.C. Years ago I lived a block away and enjoyed the intimacy of this private museum founded by Duncan Phillips (no relation) in 1921. Besides an impressive permanent collection, there are wonderful shows, currently, a phenomenal exhibit on Braque.  In addition to fine art, music is celebrated with a Sunday Concert program – going strong since 1941.