Between its winning sports teams, affordable housing and one of the best skylines in the country, Pittsburgh hasn’t exactly been known for its fashion scene. But several local companies and designers are quickly changing that perception thanks to their up-and-coming brands. Designers like Diana Misetic, FareFeathers and the ladies of Dona Jo Fitwear are making a splash with local fashionistas. Brands like Blasfome and Dog Tag Brand Clothing are leaving an impressive mark on menswear. Add some Pittsburgh pride to your wardrobe by shopping these five best up-and-coming local brands in Pittsburgh.
809 Ivy St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
If you think the closest you’ll come to finding high-end designer couture near Pittsburgh is six hours away in New York City, you may be surprised to learn you can find apparel that rivals international fashions right here at home thanks to local designer Diana Misetic. Whether you’re shopping for spring and summer pieces or fall and winter fashions, you’ll find it all at Misetic’s Shadyside boutique. Browse everything from casual and contemporary couture to high-fashion gowns and dresses designed by Misetic herself, who boats degrees in both fashion and business. Since debuting her first collection in 2007, Misetic’s collections have become a staple among Pittsburgh women who crave a classic, chic and modern style. Shop Diana Misetic at her Shadyside boutique located at 809 Ivy Street.
Dona Jo Fitwear
For Pittsburgh’s female fitness fanatics who dare to be different, there’s Dona Jo Fitwear. This company was formed in 2012 by Ashley Ferraro and Raphael Costa who combined their very different backgrounds and cultures with their love of sports and the desire to support women who are strong, fashionable, active, healthy and influential. This was the start of Dona Jo Fitwear, which has grown to an extensive and vibrant inventory of printed leggings, tennis skirts, sports bras, cycling clothes, yoga apparel, barre fashions, Crossfit active wear, accessories and more. Shop Dona Jo Fitwear at a variety of Pittsburgh locations, including Pure Barre Mt. Lebanon, The Looking Glass Salon/Pedicure Junction in Sewickley and Urban Elements: Power Yoga and Indoor Cycling on Federal Street.
Get in touch with your inner warrior with FareFeathers, a locally owned and operated accessories company that features designs from the Oahu native and Pittsburgh resident Ange Tee. FareFeathers opened in 2010 and has amassed quite a following for its unique and stylish leather goods, scarves, clothing, earrings, necklaces and bags. All of these pay homage to Tee’s Samoan background and Hawaiian influences. Tee has also found a way to bring a bit of Pittsburgh to her designs with recent examples like her line of Steelers-themed jewelry. Fifty percent of those profits will benefit Troy Polamalu’s Harry Panos Fund. Browse FareFeathers stunning collection via Tee’s Etsy store or locally at Pageboy Boutique in Lawrenceville.
1923 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
In 2007 the city’s South Side added a new neighbor to its East Carson Street with Blasfome, a clothing retail store that sells street culture-inspired fashions. While this internationally recognized menswear collection is available throughout the world, its flagship store is centered right here in the heart of Pittsburgh. From tees and hoodies to hats and beanies and shoes, Blasfome is a favorite among Pittsburgh’s trendiest guys in search of cool and casual style. Visit its South Side store or shop online.
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Jessica Wasik is a graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies. She is also a contributing writer for AXS.com and Examiner.com. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.