By Jessica Ghilani

Style N’at profiles real fans who have found clever ways to root for their favorite Pittsburgh teams. Not everyone wants to be another face in the stadium, wearing oversized (and overpriced) sports jerseys. The fans featured maintain their fashionable identities while showing off their hometown pride. They do Pittsburgh proud. This month’s Style N’at profile focuses on local baseball fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The city is brimming with more excitement than ever for our Buccos! So what are real fans wearing?

Rob is wearing a shirt from Tweek Clothing. Katie is wearing a hat from American Needle (Photo Credit: Jessica Ghilani)

Real Fans: Katie & Rob

Meet Katie Pegher and Rob Markowski. These hip Bloomfield residents and soon-to-weds are lifelong fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Cheering “Let’s Go Bucs!” is not always easy. The Pirates have suffered 18 consecutive losing seasons. But thankfully Rob and Katie are no fair-weather fans. They express their love for the Buccos while maintaining their unique senses of style.

To pull this look off you do not need to have deep pockets but you do need to think outside of the box.

Rob is wearing a shirt that was designed locally by the Pittsburgh-based brand, Tweek Clothing, to riff off the Pirates logo “P” by including a silhouette of the downtown skyline. Katie is wearing a throwback Pirates oil can hat made by American Needle

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Gabriel Brothers

5505 Century Drive
West Mifflin, PA 15122
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Hours: M-H 9-9, F-S, 9-10, Sundays 11-7
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The regional chain, Gabriel Brothers is one of Rob and Katie’s favorite spots to find discounted Pirates merchandise. Gabriel Brothers carries closeout merchandise, some of which is slightly irregular so shop carefully. Remember that the stock rotates often so the selection can be hit or miss.

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Commonwealth Press

1931 East Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Hours: M-F 9-5:30

For a shortcut to stylish fandom that supports a local artistic business, check out the very cool shirt selections from Commonwealth Press. This Pittsburgh-based print studio designs and produces some of the most creative Pittsburgh-themed images out there. From their clever designs, Commonwealth Press screen-prints small batches of fine-quality t-shirts. If you are an avid attendee at Pirates’ home games, then consider sporting a t-shirt that pays tribute to the PNC Park icon, Kenny the Lemonade Guy, who passed away this year. At only $15, this is just one of many unique Pirates-themed designs available. You can support a local business, employing local artists while displaying your hometown pride. Although you can buy direct from their website, if you want to make an in-person visit to scope the options in person, just head to the South Side.

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Dick’s Sporting Goods

The Waterfront
350 East Waterfront Drive
Homestead, PA 15120
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00am – 9:30pm; Sun 10am – 7pm
(412) 476-9940
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For frugal fans interested in a tailored fit, don’t be afraid to explore the kids’ departments of Dicks Sporting Goods. Sometimes boys’ shirts in size XL are cut as generously as adult smalls (or even mediums).

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PNC Park

115 Federal Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

The Pirates organization and their various sponsors give away a lot of fan-friendly gear at home games throughout the season. If you are hoping to grab an adult size small, arrive early on “free shirt Fridays.” Quantities of small sizes are low and they move fast. Keep tabs on the home game schedule and the list of upcoming promotions by visiting the 2011 Promotion and Events page on the official website of the Pittsburgh Pirates. If you want more information about PNC Park, check out our guide to the venue.

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Red White & Blue Thrift Store

935 Ohio River Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15202
890 Saw Mill Run Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15226
Hours: M-S 9-6
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Goodwill Store

2700 East Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 481-5390
Hours: Mon. thru Sat. 9-9, Sunday 10-5
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Remember that plenty of people end up donating their free swag from PNC Park so scour thrift stores like Red White & Blue Thrift Store, or Goodwill (various locations). Katie’s tote bag was a donated giveaway she discovered at the South Side Goodwill

With a little bit of creativity you can easily stand out from the crowd on your next visit to PNC Park. This year when you “root root root for the Pirates,” be sure to show off your style n’at!

While we are on the subject of fandom, check out this list of the Best Local Sports Memorabilia Shops

Jessica Ghilani blogs about (mostly her own) shopping and dressing in Pittsburgh and beyond at Consume or Consumed

Comments (3)
  1. Liz Roth says:

    Yes, Gabes! I also found some great vintage Pirates/Steelers tshirts/sweatshirts on Ebay, but Gabes/Red White & Blue are probably a cheaper bet.

    1. Jess Ghilani says:

      So true, Liz! Ebay is such a great friend to collectors and stylish sports fans! I bought many interesting vintage sports hats and shirts to give as gifts for loved ones. Thank you for the comment!

  2. Anonymous says:

    look like hipsters to me