There’s no inspiration like sunny skies and semiconductor chips. At least not for the brilliant women who live and work in the heart of Silicon Valley.
We sat down with some women who are helping shape the world’s most beloved tech products and services, while maintaining their sense of personal style in a male-dominated industry. They share their inspirations, and how their taste is shaped by the unique culture of their industry.
In the final part of this series Mulberry meets Alexandra Levich, Product Manager at Google.
By Mariana Lin
Where did you live before coming to California?
I was born in Russia. In the 1990s, I moved to Israel, where I grew up and went to college. I served in the Israel’s Defense Forces as a software engineer. Then I moved to northern California to work for a startup, and a year later I joined Google as an engineer.
How has living in Silicon Valley impacted your style?
If I had chosen another profession, my style would have evolved differently. My style is much more casual than it would be elsewhere, because of the tech industry. I love to wear t-shirts and jeans. You could describe my style as geek chic. I have a big Google t-shirt collection.
How do you adapt your style to the workplace?
I want to look professional, but still feminine. I’ll wear high heels and jewellery to balance the casualness of the t-shirt and jeans. But I don’t dress over the top where it would take attention away from my work.
Which piece from the Mulberry collection best reflects your style?
The Dorset High Heel Booties fit my style perfectly.
What are your favourite places to eat and hang out in the Bay Area?
Cafe Venetia in Palo Alto has the best atmosphere and coffee, pastries and cake. It feels like you are in Europe. And Joya has great tapas.
What inspires you about California?
California allowed me to become who I am, and be comfortable with my own style. I don’t feel forced to follow trends. In other parts of the world, people might look at you strangely or make comments if you dress differently from everyone else. But California is so diverse and lets everyone define their own sensibility.