STÉPHANIE CRESPIN StyleTribute.com CEO and co-founder on her life in technology, vintage fashion, and why style icons aren’t really her thing. By Amy Yasmine.
If there’s one person who could break the stereotype of a techsavvy entrepreneur, it’s StyleTribute.com’s CEO and cofounder, Stéphanie Crespin. But make no mistake, it’s not all Candy Crush and HTML coding – the fact that she’s a business engineering graduate, a marketing whizz, and a mother of one makes her even more of a force worthy of taking note. Arriving fresh-faced in a vintage dress and knee-high boots, the 30-year-old certainly makes an entrance. “Come on, let me get you a cup of coffee,” she offers, in an unmistakable sultry French accent that brings Brigitte Bardot to mind (Alas, the only time I’ll ever get to sound like that is when I’m down with the flu). “I’m a little tired as I’ve been out the night before, but it’s okay – I’ve been through worse!” she says, casually sipping on a cup of café au lait. But that’s all part of her free-spirited charm, I assure you. She’s a soldier at heart, and that clearly shows in her newly launched start-up, ready to take Malaysia by storm.
An online vintage store by definition, Stéphanie’s website is a reflection of her own personal style. “I like going back in time and getting inspired by the iconic and timeless fashion pieces or silhouettes,” she explains, citing ’20s Art Deco jewellery, Dior’s glorious ’50s, and Indian batik blouses from the ’60s as
The finishing touches Clockwise from top: Bag, Alexander McQueen; mules, Oscar de la Renta; sunglasses, Miu Miu; and clutch, Charlotte Olympia. All about the ’70s: lounging around in a vintage maxi dress, scarf (worn
as headband), and her favourite
In a vintage Hermès coat and Eugenia Kim hat