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Vintage jewelry has become in recent years a trend with many followers, all lovers of authentic treasures. When you are wearing vintage jewelry, you are wearing a very unique piece of the past, who knows? Maybe with an amazing story behind it. Can anything be more exciting?

Sasha Maksutenko, one of our contributors here at INSPIRARE, is a San Francisco based, personal stylist and owner of vintage jewelry e-boutique Sasha Maks Vintage.

Do you need any help creating unique looks for your summer days? Sasha shows us some secrets on how to style up your daily routine and to combine vintage jewelry with the latest it-bag or statement shoes.

Sasha Maksutenko

How did you start in the fashion world? Was it a coincidence or were you chasing that goal since childhood?

When I was in my teens, I became interested in fashion through film. My fave eras are the 60s and 70s. The French Cinema’s New Wave gamine, the Hitchcock blonde, women like Catherine Deneuve, Ana Karina, Jane Birkin through their unique personal style on film and fashion magazines influenced my fashion sense.

But if I look back to my childhood, my memories of my mother in vertiginous heels, hair teased high in a chignon, wearing the latest trends, left a lasting impression.

She insisted on having my school uniforms custom made. The awareness of how important fit and fabric were instilled in me early.

How do you find the inspiration for your outfits?

I’m pretty spontaneous. However, the mood strikes me that day, I definitely like to reference the 60s and 70s in my outfits. I like to add masculine touches. And I look at fashion blogs, current obsessions are Stop It Right Now and Style Heroine.

Sasha Maksutenko Style

Sasha Style

Who are your favorite Fashion Designers? And jewelry designers?

From the past Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Paco Rabanne, Loris Azarro From current designers, Celine, Altuzarra, Delpozzo,

For jewelry, I will always be enamored of the 1970s Lanvin oversized Lucite geometric pendants. And Paco Rabanne chain mail jewelry, David Webb’s animal motif jewelry from the 60s. Of the current designers, Lanvin, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, and Taher Chemirik’s sculptural, semi-precious creations.

Sasha Maksutenko JewelrySleek Gold-Tone and Enamel Snake Bracelet 1970s, $185, available here

 Your favorite piece of jewelry?

It changes, right now a gigantic, round Lanvin Lucite pendant on a thick silver-tone mesh chain.

Sasha Vintage JewelryDoor Knocker Chain Necklace, 1960s

You even have a blog where you talk a little bit about your day and give fashion tips, what do you think about the current “blog fever”? Do you have any favorite blog?

It’s eye candy! So many diverse points of view to look at and get inspired. I’m always looking at Stockholm Street Style, Carline de Maigret’s Tumblr, Sea of Shoes, there are too many to mention.

Let’s talk about how you define your style and the way you dress. What are your favorite clothes? And your favorite accessories?

I like classic silhouettes, a shift dress, a tunic, tuxedo pants, a masculine blazer. I incorporate a lot of vintage into my wardrobe. 20s and 30s dresses, 60s shifts, 70s slinky, maxi gowns…

It’s fun to manipulate image with clothes and come up with unexpected combinations.

Sasha Vintage black necklaceDouble Strand Onyx Panther Clasp Necklace 1980s, $425, available here

What are your favorite San Francisco stores to shop at?

Maje at Bloomingdales, Zara and Gimme Shoes for shoes, Mystery Mister and Alameda flea market for vintage.

What other cities do you like shopping at?

When I’m traveling of course I like get a little shopping in, whether I’m in Paris, New York, Los Angeles, and I always try to find a local flea market.

Sasha VintageKenneth J.Lane Maltese Cross Rhinestone Brooch 1960s, $385, available here

Finally, three garments or accessories you cannot live without for the next season, A/W 2014?

For something practical and stylish, I have my eye on a Maje, oversize mohair coat in a lilac blue and a pair of Stuart Weitzman black patent-leather over-the-knee boots. And for something whimsical, a vintage Navajo sterling and turquoise Kachina ring.

Photography by Jennymay Villarete and Sasha Maksutenko
Written by Andy Lencina