Where to shop in Pittsburgh for sophisticated style




The late great French designer Yves Saint-Laurent once said, “fashions fade, style is eternal.”

Dress the part for any phase of life, with help from these Pittsburgh shops that cater to a range of ages.

Maxalto: 5426½ Walnut St., Shadyside

If you're looking for quirky, artsy and all-around unique women’s fashions by the likes of Y-3, McQ Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and Issey Miyake, look no further than Maxalto.

For more than 30 years, owners (and sisters) Marta Putas and Michele Lyons have kept shoppers coming back with their clever curation of clothes and accessories from around the world. The store’s name is derived from the Italian phrase meaning “reaching new heights.”

"We just continue to look for something very different," Ms. Putas said when Maxalto marked its 30th anniversary in 2014. "We're still reinventing ourselves."

Information: maxaltofashion.com or 412-683-0508.

One Brilliant: 12 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall

No need to choose between timeless or trendy. One Brilliant delivers the best of both with its selection of chic separates, dresses, outerwear and jewelry.

Something for everyone is owner Erica Miller’s philosophy. For fall, try a bold statement jacket, suede leggings or an effortless draped dress for women with varied shapes and sizes. Halston Heritage, Nanette Lepore, Frank Lyman and Joseph Ribkoff are some of the designers to choose from this season.

Looking for something for a special occasion? Just ask a store associate for some sartorial advice or browse the boutique’s blog on its website.

Information: onebrilliant.com or 412-781-3443.

Larrimor’s: One PNC Plaza, Downtown

In 1939, Harry Slesinger and Larry Morris opened in the Union Trust Building, Downtown, a 1,000-square-foot, single-level storefront that specialized in fine men’s clothes. They called their store Larrimor’s — a contraction of “Larry” and “Morris” — because his name was the more recognized of the pair in Pittsburgh’s retail scene.

Nearly 80 years later, Larrimor’s -— which moved down the street near Market Square in 2010 -— is a go-to for designer men’s and women’s wear, for work and play. From Eileen Fisher and Elie Tahari to Trina Turk and Thaddeus, it stocks top-of-the-line collections, many of which are exclusive in Pittsburgh to Larrimor’s, and offers custom options.

“I look for things that I believe my clients don’t already have,” Lisa Slesinger said during the store’s diamond anniversary. Her father, Carl Slesinger, led Larrimor’s for three decades. She joined the business in 1997 with Tom Michael. “It has to be new, and it has to be compelling in some way.”

One-on-one assistance and access to a number of special services, such as the store’s tailoring shop, are other hallmarks of the Larrimor’s experience.

Information: larrimors.com or 412-471-5732.

Carabella: 328 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont

Contemporary clothes with a laid-back sensibility are always in style here. A supple camel moto jacket or crisp plaid button-down can be dressed up or down, depending upon how it’s styled. Plus, there’s always room on the rack for a whimsical graphic tee or tank! This is what makes Carabella a must-stop shop for a range of tastes -— or the woman who’s a style chameleon all on her own.

But beyond the clothes, it’s the customers who have kept owner Carol Kinkela inspired for more than 20 years. She still recalls her first one, back when Carabella was only a fraction of its current 1,800 square-foot footprint. Her name was Catherine and she bought a “little green chenille vest.”

Information: www.carabellaoakmont.com or 412-828-2187.

Heinz Healey’s: 160 Fifth Ave., Downtown

From its days in Station Square to its digs Downtown at Fifth and Market Street, Heinz Healey’s has long been one of the city’s premier destinations for the dapper gentleman.

Owner Chas Schaldenbrand makes sure of that, thanks to the store’s inventory of classic men’s suits, shirting, sport coats and ties by Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Tommy Bahama, S. Cohen and Bugatchi, to name a few. In addition to the traditional power tie and neutral suit, the man who fancies a fun flair can find plenty of possibilities here, too.

For custom suits, choose from more than 200 swatches and finalize the look with his choice of buttons, lining and silhouette. More than 10 special measurements are taken to help ensure a superb fit.

Information: heinzhealeys.com or 412-281-5115. 

Sara Bauknecht: sbauknecht@post-gazette.com or on Twitter and Instagram @SaraB_PG.





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