Sprinkled across the city are fashion, shoe and accessory designers who call Pittsburgh home. Many of them are reaching beyond the region with their lines, landing spots in major magazines and placements in stores around the world. But if you want to shop their flagship boutiques and, in some cases, see them at work on their collections, you have to visit here.
Uptown Sweats by Kiya Tomlin/Sandra Cadavid boutique
5983 Broad St., East Liberty
Do double the shopping at this boutique, home to fashions and accessories by two Pittsburgh-based designers. Kiya Tomlin’s ready-to-wear Uptown Sweats line specializes in sweatsuits re-imagined as cozy casual dresses, rompers, jumpsuits, separates and more. They’re designed for the woman on the go who wants to feel comfortable yet look sharp. Ms. Tomlin’s apparel is complemented by handbags and jewelry by Sandra Cadavid designer Sandra Reiman. The pieces are made in Ms. Reiman’s native country of Colombia. The brand also employs and trains women who lost their husbands to violence in Colombia to make some of the pieces. Both brands are building a name for themselves beyond Pittsburgh, too. Ms. Tomlin’s designs have been featured by O, The Oprah Magazine, Entertainment Tonight and HBO, while Ms. Reiman’s creations have appeared in Vogue, Glamour and Good Housekeeping magazines.
Terry Jolo Brand boutique
2724 E. Carson St., South Side
Terry Jolo Coulter isn’t just the owner of the women’s-wear boutique across from SouthSide Works. She’s also the designer of the apparel it sells. If you walk into the store, you can see her at work crafting the clothes the store carries. She pairs fine fabrics with simple-yet-sophisticated styles that make its offerings truly unique. Plus, it stocks natural cosmetics, shoes and accessories, including fair-trade jewelry, to complete any outfit. The shop also specializes in custom designs and alterations and welcomes walk-ins for free custom-design consultations. The designer is a graduate of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh’s fashion design program and launched her line in 2012.
Emy Mack Collective
723 Filbert St., Shadyside
A girl can never have too many shoes, and there are plenty to peruse at the Emy Mack Collective in Shadyside. Here you’ll find designer Emy Mack Jamison’s luxury line of heels, flats and boots made in Italy, as well as handbags and belts by the brand. On a budget? A highlight is the sale room with styles from past seasons, many of which are significantly marked down from the average $400-plus price for most shoes. But the shopping experience goes beyond Ms. Jamison’s designs. She’s also curated a mix of selections from designers in other categories, such as apparel and jewelry, that is updated about every six weeks. In just a few years, Emy Mack has left its footprint on the runways of New York Fashion Week and the reality TV show “Project Runway.” The shoes also have attracted a celebrity following, which includes ABC’s “Scandal” star Kerry Washington.
Gina Mazzotta Millinery
Diamond Building at 100 Fifth Ave., Downtown
When life calls for a custom hat, Gina Mazzotta is the person to call in Pittsburgh. In just a few years, she’s turned her interest in millinery into a full-fledged business. At her Downtown studio, she meets with clients by appointment for consultations and fittings. There fashionistas also can try on hats from her latest ready-to-wear collection. Ms. Mazzotta channels her background in visual merchandising in her work, which includes stints with Dolce & Gabbana in New York and the former Saks Fifth Avenue in Pittsburgh.
Little Black Dress by Diana Misetic
809 Ivy St., Shadyside
Little Black Dress isn’t just the name of Diana Misetic’s fashion studio and boutique. It’s her aesthetic as a designer: classic and sophisticated with a hint of sensuality. Neutral palettes and figure-flattering tailored silhouettes are hallmarks of Ms. Misetic’s designs, a nod to her European roots. Stop by the boutique to browse options from her ready-to-wear collection. Ms. Misetic is a fixture on the Pittsburgh fashion scene, including annual events such as Style Week Pittsburgh.