Designers bring a fresh twist to luxury fashion in Pittsburgh and beyond

Think you can only find your fashion fix along Rodeo Drive or the Upper East Side?

Well, a style renaissance is stirring the heart of the Steel City. Pittsburgh has an up-and-coming crop of designers with their own fit-for-Fifth-Avenue collections.

From spectacular shoes and accessories to chic-yet-cozy apparel, their designs are finding followers across the country and, in some cases, the world. Plus, their creations are showing up in major fashion magazines, on celebrities and on the runways of New York Fashion Week. And they're just getting started ...

Italian-made women's shoes, handbags and belts

Emy Mack by Emy Mack Jamison

My target client is simply women who love beautiful shoes! We often sell the exact same shoe to a grandmother, mother and a granddaughter. They may style it differently, but they all have great taste." -- Emy Mack Jamison

Ready-to-wear and custom hats for women, men and children

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Gina Mazzotta Millinery

I am inspired by so many things -- travel, nature, architecture, studying different cultures. Most of the time, however, I am inspired by my clients. In sitting down and having even a short conversation with someone, you get to know their needs, aesthetic and limitations (or lack thereof) and can find the inspiration to create the perfect piece for them." -- Gina Mazzotta

Colombian-made handbags and jewelry

Sandra Cadavid by Sandra Reiman

I wanted to design a great product, but not at the expense of the environment, my team or my community. Building a brand for me was really about blending those goals," Sandra Reiman says.

"When I started almost four years ago, I felt like I was starting from scratch. I didn't know anyone else in Pittsburgh who also was working on a fashion start-up. But after talking to people in the arts community and networking, I began to discover that there is this collective group of designers working in the fashion space quietly -- and suddenly I began to see them emerge," she says.

Shoes that strive to make a difference

Schee by Caitlyn Hess

I hope to redefine the fashion industry as being the first brand to bring together shoes and philanthropy with each of our collections," Caitlyn Hess says.

"My vision for my brand is to become a movement with our 'Walk to Make a Difference' campaign by raising awareness and showing support with our exclusive shoe designs."

Sweatsuits reimagined for the modern woman

Uptown Sweats by Kiya Tomlin

Building a fashion brand is challenging. There is so much fashion out there already ... so focusing on what makes my brand unique and worthy of attention is really important," Kiya Tomlin says.

"When I was younger, I definitely valued style over comfort. After I had my babies and experienced the luxury of being able to take care of them at home in my workout clothes -- workout not included -- I was reluctant to give up that freedom. I loved feeling unencumbered by clothing, but I missed looking polished and turning heads.

"If a woman has ever had that same desire to be casual and comfortable, yet elegantly polished, she epitomizes the concept behind Uptown Sweats," she says.

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