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Interview with Catie Nienaber

Today’s interview is with Catie Nienaber – a vintage store owner, blogger, and fashion writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. I first found Catie when searching for vintage fashions and advice online, and happened to come across her blog. I was instantly struck by how effortlessly she mixed selected modern items with wonderful vintage pieces. I am thrilled to have her on the blog today (and to be able to ask her all my questions about vintage!). Enjoy meeting the lovely Catie.

Cuffington in a vintage top and Lela Rose skirt

Catie in a vintage top and Lela Rose skirt

Who are you? 

My name is Catie Nienaber, I own an online vintage shop called Dronning Vintage and also write fashion stories for the San Francisco Chronicle and it’s accompanying style blog, SFUnzipped. I’ve been blogging for myself for almost seven years, much of it centered around fashion and the occasional personal essay. I originally started my blog (Cuffington) while I was a Creative Writing MFA candidate as an exercise to encourage myself to write every day.

Where do you live?

I live in San Francisco.

In a vintage coat

In a vintage coat

You clearly have a passion for vintage, and operate and own your own shop. Can you share more behind this passion and interest?

Sure!  I first became interested in vintage because it seemed to be a way to achieve a certain look for less – many designers are often inspired by designs of decades past, and instead of shelling out $1000 for an Oscar de la Renta beaded cardigan (like I had $1,000 to drop on a sweater anyway!) you could find a perfectly amazing vintage one for less than $50. Continue Reading