05 Mar Vintage Accessories for Modern Days. Get to know Crystal Martinez and her new shop, Clásica.
Crystal Martinez has always been a unique and mesmerizing talent. Behind her quiet demeanor and gorgeous pin-straight hair, lies an old soul, radiating sultry eyes, reminiscent of Grace Kelly, with an instinct for vintage that is unparalleled. It is my belief that she has attended many Great Gatsby parties in a past life, and in yet another past life, lived among the most elegant of art deco luxury. On the other hand, getting to know her upbringing and edgy exposure to MTV (when it was cool), it’s evident that this too played a role in developing her unique eye for today. Together, her past (lives) and present, collaborate to create something new in her now, that radiates something modern generations of today have long forgotten about during their rush for something quick and superficial… Taste.
Taste. A quality that some have shunned aside to give way to casualness and fast fashion. Taste. Something that feels a little bit rare in a world filled with chaos and constant turbulence. Still, there are those artists and creatives that find the beauty in the littlest of things, and vintage curators, in particular, are some of life’s most beautiful unsung heroes in fashion. They find new life in items that others have written off as dead, they fountain-of-youth “old” fashion by styling pieces in modern ways, they mother orphaned treasures and find new homes for them in like-minded fashion enthusiasts. In turn, vintage curators percolate a magic by passing their misfit heirlooms on to its next romantic generation who understands that pieces go well beyond a superficial meaning in fashion. They are a lifeforce waiting for their next big breath of fresh air.
For those seeking quality that will sustain the test of time, Clásica was born for you, and you, you may be the next owner of some of the most beautifully curated trinkets in Texas. Keep reading on to discover mysteriously traveled fashion and your next fashion obsession, where old meets new, and forward fashion becomes Clásica.
Rhinestone X Clip-on Earrings, $45.00
Clásica was born on a not-so-special day when Martinez sought a way to reignite her passion for vintage and offer something to vintage lovers in a brand new way. Launched in December of 2020, Clásica has proven to offer the very best in must-have earrings and accessories, and curate the most memorable and hard-to-find pieces that made each decade so identifiable.
Founder, Owner, & Curator, Crystal Martinez
Although Clásica’s Instagram is new, this grid packs incredible eye-candy, so we sat down with the business’s owner to gain a little behind-the-scenes info and to ask a list of dreamy questions that this has launch inspired. Sit back, grab your tea set, and let’s talk vintage.
SLTV: Hi Crystal! We are so excited to see the return to your vintage curation roots. This time around, it looks like you’ve taken things to a whole new level. Tell us, who is Clásica?
CM: Clásica is an ode to the classics. It was created from a belief that the timelessness and femininity of vintage can be modern and chic.
Photo 📸: @florismold
SLTV: YES! I could not agree more! Additionally, these quality pieces promote sustainability, which is so, so important right now. Love this.
1980s Givenchy Coin Clip-on Earrings
Vintage hand-beaded clutch bags, $30-$35
Christian Dior Pearl Pendant Necklace, $248.00
Pearl Fringe Clip-on Earrings, Sweetheart Collection, $48.00
SLTV: How do you find and curate your pieces?
CM: I started collecting by attending estate sales but found that by staying local I mostly found the same styles. After some research, I eventually branched out to state shows and met people from New York, South Carolina, and Florida who I am now able to source through. I mostly look for pieces that are classic and very feminine but keep a constant eye out for iconic statement and glamourous pieces. I find that I favor the 60s and 80s. The pieces from these eras are just so magical and statement-making. They’re bold but in a very feminine and soft way. Above everything, the first rule is I never break is, the piece must still shine. Quality is everything and nothing we carry is to be overly tarnished.