A visual archive of Pittsburgh retailers & their stories
Each month, Style412, a local non-profit aimed to connect, build + develop a platform of resource for fashion industry professionals, interviews an existing retailer, asking them about their personal journey into brick & mortar, what inspires them about fashion and why they believe it can happen in Pittsburgh.
BENEFITS + CHALLENGES TO HAVING A STORE IN PGH?
“Pittsburgh has been void of fashion for so long so I think people are really yearning for it now. Challenges? Bridges and tunnels are definitely a challenge! It take a lot to entice people to venture out of their neighborhood to check out a new place.”
What have you learned from having a business? What mistakes have you made?
Owning a business is a spiritual journey. The most important thing I’ve learned is how important my personal time has become. Learning how to say “no” and how to take care of myself. Creating boundaries so that I can have time to recharge.
-Leslie McAllister, juju
What is your favorite underrated thing about Pgh?
This is probably the weirdest answer, but I love the Wabash Tunnel. It’s the fastest way for me to get to or from downtown from my home in Mt. Washington, and it feels like a secret because I don’t think many people use it or know about it. It’s my favorite tunnel!
-Monica Yope, love, Pittsburgh
Full interviews with each of these retailers can be read by subscribers of the Style412 monthly newsletter, as well as visiting, www.style412.com/store-ies.
Image Credit: Rose Colored Creative / Sarah Collins