Photographer: Nicole Jarock
Growing up in Pittsburgh has exposed me to so much creativity, and people like Alissa Martin are the reason why. In 2006, she opened a boutique called Pavement, which has been my go-to place in Pittsburgh for something to wear. I remember the first time I stepped into the space, I was completely blown away by the refreshing ambience and the shop-local concept. The decor is a work of art; funky wallpapers are played with a raw element of barn wood floors and topped off with racks of beautiful clothing, shoes, and jewelry. Each corner of the store has little details that make me fall in love more and more. The beautiful girls working make shopping feel comfortable and fun. It's really crazy having such a gem in my hometown, and Alissa's hardwork and dream is so inspiring to me. Unlike many stores, Pavement mixes American-made brands like Free People and Ella Moss with incredible local, eco-friendly, and indie designers. This diversity, along with supporting a local business that is authentic to my city, makes buying a piece from her store very special.
This look is a little taste of what can be found at Pavement. I love shopping a store that I can find a Friday night dress and jewelry, but also some great denim, tops, jackets, and boots. I met up at Pavement with Nicole, the sweet and talented photographer behind the shoot and had a blast capturing the stores brand. One of the pictures will be used as an ad in the Urbanist, a guide to the city exposing Pittsburgh's outstanding local businesses. I'm so happy I could be part of this shoot and help spread the word about such an amazing place. If you live in Pittsburgh, or happen to visit our lovely gritty city, make sure you stop in!
Outfit details: Free People jacket & dress
Gidigio boots (a handmade italian line, all leathers and styles are exclusive to Pavement)
Vanessa Mooney necklaces/earrings
Anne Marie Chagnon ring (handmade in Montreal)
*All can be purchased at Pavement
Shop local this weekend, babes!