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SANTA MUERTE
TRADING CO.

  • Santa Muerte Trading Co., vintage clothing from southern California. Ponyboy magazine in New York City.
  • Various women's vintage looks from the 1930's-40's, from the personal collection of Crystal Landeros of Santa Muerte Trading Co. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Women's vintage looks photographed on Crystal Landeros from Santa Muerte Trading Co. Ponyboy magazine NYC.
  • Mrs. California Sweetheart photographed by Spanish Dagger Photography. Ponyboy magazine NYC.
  • Co-founder of Santa Muerte Trading Co., Anthony Rosas, photographed in vintage menswear. Ponyboy magazine in New York City.
  • Mrs. California Sweetheart, from Santa Muerte Trading Co. in Southern California. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Santa Muerte Trading Co. beauty Crystal Landeros, also known as Mrs. California Sweetheart. Ponyboy magazine in New York City.
  • Anthony Rosas, co-founder of Santa Muerte Trading Co., photographed in vintage menswear. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • The beautiful Mexican beauty known as Mrs. California Sweetheart, from Santa Muerte Trading Co. Ponyboy magazine NYC.
  • Various vintage looks of Santa Muerte Trading Co. Crystal Landeros, photographed by Anthony Rosas. Ponyboy magazine in New York City.
  • 1930's-40's vintage menswear from the collection of Santa Muerte Trading Co. Ponyboy magazine NYC.
  • Santa Muerte Trading Co. partner Crystal Landeros, photographed by Anthony Rosas. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Mexican beauty Crystal Landeros, photographed by partner Anthony Rosas in southern California. Ponyboy magazine NYC.
  • Men's vintage clothing from the 1930's-40's, from the collection of Santa Muerte Trading Co. Ponyboy magazine from New York City.
  • The beautiful Crystal Landeros, from Santa Muerte Trading Co. Ponyboy magazine.
  • Backside images of women's vintage clothing on Crystal Landeros from Santa Muerte Trading Co. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • B&W photos of Mrs. California Sweetheart, from Santa Muerte Trading Co. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Incredible men's vintage wear from Santa Muerte Trading Co. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • B&W photos of Santa Muerte Trading Co. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Photographs of Anthony Rosas and Crystal Landeros, from Santa Muerte Trading Co. Ponyboy magazine NYC.
  • Women's accessories from the collection of Santa Muerte Trading Co. Ponyboy magazine NYC.
  • Photographs of mens' vintage clothing, courtesy of Santa Muerte Trading Co. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Chimayo vintage purses, from the collection of Santa Muerte Trading Co. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Photographs of mens' vintage clothing from the 30's-40's, courtesy of Santa Muerte Trading Co. Ponyboy magazine NYC.
  • Vintage women's shoes from the 1930's-50's, from the collection of Santa Muerte Trading Co. Ponyboy magazine NYC.
  • Detail shots of Anthony Rosas vintage clothing, from Santa Muerte Trading Co. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Detail photographs of vintage jewelry, all courtesy of Santa Muerte Trading Co. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • The beautiful Crystal Landeros, from Santa Muerte Trading Co. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Santa Muerte Trading Co. Photographs by Anthony Rosas from Spanish Dagger Photography. Ponyboy magazine NY.

SANTA MUERTE TRADING CO.

ECLECTIC VINTAGE STYLE

Santa Muerte Trading Co. is a southern California based vintage clothing company with the most impeccable taste. We first saw co-founder Crystal Landeros some years back at a Viva Las Vegas weekender and have been mesmerized by her style evolution ever since. She demands attention with her beautiful Mexican movie star looks characterized by her voluptous shape, raven-haired bob, hypnotic green/blue eyes and constant, mysterious smirk. However, it certainly does not stop there. Her clothing ensembles are standout with various looks including brightly printed vintage blousons, 40’s palazzo pants, dramatic dresses, vintage t-shirts and jeans, colorful head scarves, bakelite jewelry, espadrilles and her signature Chimayo touches. And partner/fiance, Anthony Rosas, is not shy with his own personal style. He’s a sharply dressed gentleman, mixing high-waisted vintage gabardine trousers with 40’s horsehide leather jackets, and accessorizing with neck scarves and old school hats.  Anthony is also a very talented photographer, who keenly documents all of Crystal’s fabulous looks amongst luscious and colorful, sunny California backdrops. And this is Santa Muerte Trading Co. All photographs courtesy of Anthony Rosas/Spanish Dagger Photography.

Follow their fabulous vintage looks and photography on Instagram at:  santa_muerte_trading_co & mrs_california_sweetheart.

PONYBOY:  Crystal and Anthony, please tell us about your backgrounds.

‏SANTA MUERTE:  We are both first generation Mexican American, born and raised in Southern California.

PONYBOY:  How and when did you start getting into vintage clothing?

SANTA MUERTE:  ‏We both began our love affair in our mid-teens, and, of course, have continued learning through the years.

PONYBOY:  How did the two of you meet?

SANTA MUERTE:  That’s an interesting question! We met on a social media invite several years ago. The invitation was for Crystal’s 18th birthday celebration. She came up to me and complimented my glasses. After that, I worked up the courage, requested my favorite bolero and asked her to dance. The rest is one for the books. Haha!

PONYBOY:  Why did you name your company after Santa Muerte?

SANTA MUERTE:  ‏We both share a fascination with memento mori artifacts, folklore, and our culture/religion. Being both Catholic, we agreed on the name due to La Santa Muerte being associated with protection, healing and safe delivery.

PONYBOY:  Where in California are you based?

SANTA MUERTE:  ‏We are based in Compton, Los Angeles county.

PONYBOY:  You primarily seem inspired by the 1930’s-40’s decades. Is this correct? And, where do you both find this inspiration?

SANTA MUERTE:  ‏Yes! We are enamored with 1930’s and 1940’s Americana. There is something so sweet about that generation. The culture, architecture and fashion is a main component in our style inspiration. We love browsing through old catalogs and photograph’s in search of period street fashions with an edge. Cinema, individuals, and our city also play a very important part.

PONYBOY:  Crystal, you have a certain elegant style, not unlike a Hollywood film star from back in the day,  even while wearing a vintage t-shirt and jeans, and with the accessories that you throw into your looks when photographed. Have you always had this sort of chic, nonchalant sense of fashion?

SANTA MUERTE:  I hear it quite often, but I’ve never thought of myself as elegant. Thank you. I’m humbled. Since I was a teenager I’ve always looked for inspiration through old photographs and films from the golden age of Mexican cinema. In my personal style, I try to reflect the style of all the beautiful women of that era but with my own flair, of course. I tend to work with the staples of women’s vintage, incorporating rare pieces as well. There is also so much beauty in simplicity. And I never liked the idea of falling into a traditional look.

PONYBOY:  Anthony, your own personal style is very strong as well. Were you born with this innate approach to men’s dressing?

SANTA MUERTE:  ‏Thank you. As far as I can recall, I’ve had a certain attraction to shapes, lines, contours and color. My personal style continues to evolve as I find more vintage inspiration. I feel the key to my style is to keep things simple, tasteful with period items and express with a hint of flair.

PONYBOY:  Over the years, has it become more difficult to find these incredible vintage gems that you both wear and sell?

SANTA MUERTE:  ‏‏Yes, we can truly say high-end desirable vintage has dissipated over the years. Our passion for such rareties is the motivation behind our late night online searches and early A.M. flea market hunts.

PONYBOY:  Anthony, we love the incredible photos that you take of Crystal. Your photography is very powerful in terms of composition, angles, colorful backdrops, etc. Is this something that you studied, or did it come naturally from being a hobby?

SANTA MUERTE:  ‏‏‏Thank you, that means a lot! My photography began as a way to promote items and our personal style. I tend to go on instinct. For me, natural light is key. I look at my surroundings for inspiration. The detail of my subject will always define the beauty of my photography. As far as color, it’s king, of course. I’m very passionate about vibrancy and saturation.

PONYBOY:  Is there a sense of community in the Los Angeles/California vintage world? We see photos of all of you dressed in incredible vintage wear at parties, functions, etc. Does it ever get competitive with other sellers/collectors?

SANTA MUERTE:  ‏‏‏‏There is a sense of unity here in California amongst vintage aficionados. We don’t see it as competition. We’re glad that vintage will be appreciated by friends and collectors alike. After all, we share the same passion.

PONYBOY:  Do you sell exclusively online? Where can one find your product?

SANTA MUERTE:  ‏‏‏‏‏We vend at vintage pop-up events here in Southern California and occasionally flea markets, when we know there will be a certain clientele in town looking for specifically 1920’s through 1950’s vintage fashions. Most of our higher ticket items go online (Etsy, e-Bay, and private collectors) or to international vintage collectors. The demand is quite high overseas.

PONYBOY:  What can we expect from the two of you, professionally speaking, in the near future? Styling, wardrobing/costume design, or a shop perhaps?

SANTA MUERTE:  ‏‏‏‏‏‏Santa Muerte is currently working on a 1940’s period reproduction clothing line for men and women, as well as a few collaboration projects. We both have experience being personal stylists, something we will be taking on a professional level very soon.

PONYBOY:  And far as personally, we read that you are engaged. Do you have a date set? And do you yearn for a family?

SANTA MUERTE:  ‏‏‏‏‏‏‏Yes, we’re engaged. Planning the wedding has been quite time consuming, but we’re getting there. Anthony has a son from a previous relationship, and we both agree that’s all we need for now. But plans are always subjected to change.

MARY SIMICH
THE LOOK

  • Mary Simich photographed exclusively for Ponyboy Magazine by Alexander Thompson.
  • Mary Simich wears a Chris Simich zebra print dress for Ponyboy Magazine. Photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • WIld Records act Mary Simich photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Mary Simich, on the WIld Records label, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Mary Simich photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine, in a Chris Simich design.
  • The elegant Mary Simich, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Mary Simich wears a vintage inspired summer look by Chris Simich. Photographed for Ponyboy Magazine by Alexander Thompson.
  • Blond beauty Mary Simich photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Mary Simich wears a custom Chris Simich sun hat for Ponyboy Magazine, photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • The blond and beautiful Mary Simich photographed in a Chris Simich design by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Wild Records recording artist Miss Mary Simich, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Wild Records performer Mary SImich photographed onstage at Viva Las Vegas by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Wild Records musical act Mary Simich photographed at Tom Ingram's Viva Las Vegas 17 rockabilly weekender. Photo by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • The beautiful Mary Simich onstage at Viva Las Vegas 17. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Mary Simich photographed backstage at Tom Ingram's Viva Las Vegas 17 rockabilly weekender. Photo by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.

MARY SIMICH

GOLDEN GIRL

Mary Simich is a twenty-one year old tan and tall beauty on the Wild Records label. She stuns when she walks into any room. She is California – a fresh faced athletic girl who swims and sails. Her smooth voice and elegant stage presence draw you in. She’s a best dressed, always in dramatic ensembles created  by her older brother Chris Simich, with whom she also shares the stage in a musical side project known as Tiny & Mary. You always notice Mary Simich. She carries herself with a mature confidence and beauty, considering her young age. She’s a unique mixture that is reminiscent of  Grace Kelly.

PONYBOY MAGAZINE:  Mary, what was your upbringing like? Where were you raised?

MARY SIMICH:  I was born and raised in Orange County, California (the part of Southern California that is not Los Angeles). I am a California girl through and through–a lover of sand, sea, and sunshine. My parents have been together for nearly forty years and I don’t think they’ve ever loved one another more. I am the youngest of five kids and was a total surprise! Born ten years after my four older siblings, it was like having six parents. I was raised in a house where being teased is a sign of affection. My family is very affectionate. You learn to laugh at yourself or, well, you just better learn to laugh.

PONYBOY MAGAZINE:  How did you get into playing music and singing?

MARY SIMICH:  One note at a time. I was surrounded by older siblings, all with varied musical tastes. I listened to all different genres of music growing up and learned to appreciate all different kinds of music. My older sister accompanied the congregation at church on Sundays and my brothers were always in a rock-n-roll band. I was no stranger to participating in music. At the age of seven my mother put me in piano lessons. I begged her to stop under the condition that I would continue to play the piano. I continued to play the piano and at twelve my parents got me a guitar for Christmas. I picked around on it, but never really played it too much. It wasn’t until fourteen when my dad became ill that I really began to play guitar. I started writing music all of the time! I wrote tons of music and became fearful that I would forget all that I had written so I began making really simple recordings of the songs. When playing back the recordings I was able to hear for myself how awful my voice was. I was not a natural born talent by any means. I always wrote thinking that maybe one day somebody would sing my songs—never did I think that it would be me. Practice made me better but far, far from perfect. One night some friends were having a little jam session at a party and they asked me to sit in. I thought that meant play guitar with them, but right then and there they put me on the spot to sing in front of everyone! The old jazz standard Ain’t Misbehavin’ was the first song I sang out loud for a room full of strangers. Even right now reading this response back to my mother, she said, “You were a terrible little singer!” She was a fan then; I think she means it now.

PONYBOY MAGAZINE:  Currently you are a student. Tell us what daily college life is like for you. Where do you attend school and what are you studying?

MARY SIMICH:  Ponyboy! Alice Cooper and I would like to inform you that “SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER!!!” The last week has been full of beach camping, hiking, snorkeling on Catalina Island, sailing, surfing and all kinds of fun! But come autumn, I go back to studying music and transfer to a University in the spring.

PONYBOY MAGAZINE:  You’re on the Wild Records label. How did Reb Kennedy discover you?

MARY SIMICH:  In a dark alleyway one night in Burbank, CA–seriously. I had heard he was holding auditions and thought to myself, I really have nothing to lose at all. I was drawn to Wild Records because I saw their artists traveling a lot. I thought maybe the songs I had written could be my ticket to places I had never seen before. I wasn’t really planning on doing much with my music at that point, except maybe sell songs I had written to other artists. But I thought I should at least try. I knew that I wasn’t really like anything else on Wild, so I thought the audition would be chalked up to nothing more than just a good experience. I was hesitant to go to the audition seeing as how it was being held at a practice space in an industrial area in Burbank, CA. So, I brought one of those older brothers with me. Turned out they were nice folks and I had nothing to worry about!

PONYBOY MAGAZINE:  You’re not the expected Wild Records act. What’s it like being on the label?

MARY SIMICH:  We have a lot of fun and the label mates are very supportive of me! I feel like I am the exception to the rule when it comes to Wild! We have a joke going that I am actually on the made-up offshoot of Wild Records called Mild Records. I do not drink, I do not lie on the floor, I do not scream, I do not hoop and or holler, but I still manage to have a great time with all of those crazy kids!

PONYBOY MAGAZINE:  We saw you play at Viva Las Vegas and liken you to a modern day chanteuse. We love your beautiful voice!

MARY SIMICH:  Aww, thanks for coming! It still surprises me that people show up to come see me play! I’m surrounded by the nicest folks!

PONYBOY MAGAZINE: We think in twenty years you’ll be performing in beautiful sequin gowns in fancy nightclubs. Ha! Do you see yourself still on stage in twenty years?

MARY SIMICH:  Hahaha! That is the only way I see myself performing in twenty years! In twenty years I would still love to be performing because there is something so raw about getting a reaction from an audience over songs you have written. However, I would love to perform at my leisure, and have the bulk of my work come from scoring films. I have always been interested in writing and scoring. Music can so drastically change our interpretation of what we see and how we feel. I think it would be so neat to be able to enhance a visual experience by creating the right sound for a scene. Music is so powerful.

PONYBOY MAGAZINE:  We love your personal style. Tell us about your brother who makes all of your fabulous stage wear.

MARY SIMICH:  My brother Chris (aka Mr. Tiny) is ultra talented in every way. He cooks, he sews, he draws, he dances, he sings (way better than I do), he is incredibly thoughtful and he is hilarious. He just oozes creativity. His talent seems to know no bounds. He designs and makes the majority of my clothing. He is a huge reason why I am the way I am. He taught me to appreciate beautiful thing and he would always include me in trips to the museum, the theater, art exhibits, and stops at old abandoned buildings. He taught me that silly is also beautiful. And I learned to appreciate things that were a bit goofy. After years of living what he has coined the “Wacky Tacky Lifestyle,” he now writes a lifestyle blog called “Wacky Tacky” where he documents the neat roadside things we find, the funny outfits that he creates, our music, the delicious and goofy food he makes—really, just all things Wacky Tacky. I am grateful for his influence in my life and grateful that I get to sing with him in our brother-sister harmony act called “Tiny & Mary.”

PONYBOY MAGAZINE:  You wear clothing so well with that long lean model type body. We met your boyfriend at Viva and he has model good looks as well. He performed with you on stage.  Is he now part of the Marcy Simich Experience?

MARY SIMICH:  Am I a whole Experience? Wow! We both have multiple musical projects of our own to keep us busy, but who knows what the future holds. We always have a good time while playing together and I am sure we will grace the stage together as a team again sometime.

PONYBOY MAGAZINE:  Whom would you say your musical and style icons are?

MARY SIMICH:  Oh my, what an exciting question! Right off the bat, I’d say Julie London and Tim Morgonare are my icons. Julie London sings a song called ‘Saddle the Wind’. It has become my family’s anthem, and has become a signature song to perform for Tiny & Mary. There is something so rich and lovely and sexy and powerful about her voice. With regards to Tim Morgon, I will say this, “I LOVE California. I love the beach. I love to be outside. I love the sun. I love swimming. I love bonfires. I love teenage Beach Blanket Bingo-esque romance–and Tim Morgon is just that.” I mentioned before that music can be incredibly powerful, and Tim Morgon was the soundtrack to some big moments in my life. Another artist who I try to emulate is Roy Orbison. I like that he is a little bit rock-n-roll, but more than anything he is dreamy. I am drawn to very ethereal music and Roy Orbison is just that. As for style, I have always appreciated the glamorous movie stars at home, or at the ranch, or on vacation. I like the designs of Edith Head. They are simple, sophisticated and highly dramatic, and all the while accentuating the female form.