When one door closes, another opens ...
These days, that describes the high-end shopping scene in Shadyside, where after 12 years Linda Bucci is closing her women's wear boutique in Shadyside Village. Meanwhile, another 12-year-old shop, Little Black Dress by Diana Misetic on Ellsworth Avenue, has changed things up with a new look, name and location.
For Ms. Bucci, the decision to close was out of want, not necessity. With her lease expiring, she decided to close on Dec. 31.
"It was just time for me," she said. "This has been a great ride. I loved the people I have come in contact with."
She worked in advertising and public relations prior to purchasing the shop, the site of the former Ruth Young boutique. Now, she'd like to travel more with her husband, as well as spend time with her recently wed daughter and her son with special needs.
"When you own a store, you're there all the time," she said. "There's a whole lot of stuff we'd like to do that you can't do when you're an owner of a place."
She's still mapping out her next steps and has already been extended a few offers for other work. Whatever comes next, fashion will play a part in her life, she said. For those who've come to depend on her taste, she's agreed to continue to shop for some of her customers.
"That's really what I do. I love it. I love the idea of helping women select clothes that are best for them."
Everything is 70 percent off, and even furniture, fixtures and mannequins are for sale. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Information: lindabucci.net or 412-683-1533.
Nearby at 809 Ivy St., Ms. Misetic is settling into her new space, Diana Misetic: Fashion Studio & Boutique. It's an open floor plan where people can not only shop her original designs but also see her at work.
"It will give people a better picture of what we're doing here," Ms. Misetic said.
She moved to downsize her inventory and made-to-order work so she can focus on developing and expanding her clothing brand, with the hope of getting it into stores in other parts of the country. She's designing a collection for next fall/winter, which she'll present at trade shows.
She's also continuing to create basic pieces for her own store. Shoppers can browse layering T-shirts, dresses made from Italian fabrics and other wardrobe staples that run from about $50 to $1,000. In the coming months, she plans to carry accessories, furniture and other housewares. Her fashion and home selections are made in America.
A slice of business at her former store was custom work. She's cutting back to devote more time to building her collection but is accepting a limited number of clients.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, or by appointment. Information: www.dianamisetic.com or 412-363-6442.
More from the Pittsburgh fashion and beauty front ...
Pinterest party at Koolkat Designs: Discover Pinterest-found recipes for the holidays at Eat, Drink & Make Merry, the latest gathering in a monthly series of Pinterest parties organized by Downtown-based Boutique 208, Koolkat Designs in Mt. Lebanon and Wildcard in Lawrenceville. The event 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday will be held at Koolkat Designs.
Admission is free, but people are asked to bring a nonperishable canned food item for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Learn more at boutique208.blogspot.com, www.imakoolkat.com or wildcardpgh.com.
Fashion benefit for United for Women: Shop, eat, mingle and support United Way's United for Women project at a trunk show of couture hats, handbags and shoes by New York designer Susan van der Linde. Thirty percent of purchase proceeds will go to charity. It's 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Larrimor's, One PNC Plaza, Downtown. The designer also will be in the store Friday and Saturday. RSVP: 412-456-6831 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trunk show at Larrimor's: It's not even officially winter, but Larrimor's Downtown has its sights on spring with a sneak peek Thursday through Saturday of the Lafayette 148 New York spring collection. It features women's wear in bursts of colors and fresh silhouettes. Information: www.larrimors.com or 412-471-5727.
Also in the news ...
Anna Wintour considered for ambassadorship: Word on the Web is that Barack Obama is considering Vogue editor Anna Wintour for ambassador to the U.K. or France. During the election, Ms. Wintour was one of the president's biggest fans, jet-setting across the globe organizing and attending fundraisers for him. Among the grandest: a $40,000-per plate affair at actress Sarah Jessica Parker's home in New York City's West Village.
Pantone names 2013 Color of the Year: The Pantone Color Institute has declared 2013 the year of all-things emerald for fashion, beauty and home decor.
"Symbolically, emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today's complex world," said executive director Leatrice Eiseman.
The institute, a global authority on color, selects a new color for each year.
Manufacturing of Levi's, other brand apparel tied to water pollution in Mexico: A Greenpeace investigation has uncovered in Mexico two major clothing manufacturing facilities dumping industrial wastewater containing hazardous and toxic chemicals. The Kaltex and Lavamex facilities have been linked to the production of apparel for such labels as Levi's, Calvin Klein, Guess, Gap, Walmart and LVMH, which includes high-end designers such as Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs.
Results from testing water samples collected near the facilities' discharge pipes showed the presence of chemicals that can be harmful to reproductive systems and aquatic life.
"What we have in Mexico is a classic tale of big brands hiding behind lax regulation and secretive discharge methods," Pierre Terras, senior toxics campaigner at Greenpeace Mexico, said in a release.
The full "Toxic Threads: Under Wraps" report can be viewed at www.greenpeace.org/international/under-wraps.fashion
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