Pittsburgh Urban Media One on One with Kiya Tomlin Who Opens Up about Her New Design Space Located in Pittsburgh's East End
As a mother of three children and the wife of Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin, Ms. Tomlin is demonstrating that no doubt she is a force to be reckoned with in the fashion arena.
Kiya Tomlin Goes Public
Custom dress designer and wife of Steelers head coach, Mike Tomlin, takes a fresh approach to fashion design in her new, open-to-the-public studio, inside Meadeworth Interiors located in Pittsburgh’s
East Liberty neighborhood.
After years of working part-time from home, Kiya Tomlin has taken the leap and moved into a larger and more visible space to create her one-of-a-kind fashions. "It's time. I've outgrown my home studio. I need a space where clients can feel comfortable dropping in, whether to place an order or just watch the process," says Tomlin. Her new space, located inside Meadeworth Interiors at 11 Penn Circle West in East Liberty, seemed like a good fit.
“We are thrilled to welcome Kiya into her own space here at Meadeworth." Says Sue Anderson, owner of Meadeworth Interiors. “Working together on an interior design project in her home, Kiya and I developed a nice relationship and through a series of conversations realized that an empty showroom area in my studio would be a perfect location for her to expand her design business. Our businesses are similar in that we both provide a custom experience for our clients. It just makes sense.”
With the move to the new location, Tomlin is able to bring her signature, customizable sheath dresses to the public. "The sheath is the most universally flattering dress style. Its simple silhouette is timeless and versatile. It is the perfect choice for every occasion, from day to office to evening." Tomlin's design concept customizes a fitted dress by offering options in fabric, necklines, sleeve style and hem length according to the client's figure and taste.
“I make women look and feel fabulous for the most important occasions in their life. I specialize in tailoring my designs for her exact body type. Unlike a typical dressmaker, I do a custom fitting analysis for each client that allows me to create a one-of-a-kind piece that suits her body perfectly. She can even use those results as guidelines for buying clothing off the rack too. While I love focusing on the details of the design experience, I want her to walk away with a unique piece that she’ll look stunning in and feel confident wearing. It feels great knowing that my clients feel amazing when they wear my designs.”
The customizable sheath dress is a compliment to her limited edition designs that are made to order. Tomlin uses luxurious fabrics purchased in small quantities to keep her designs exclusive. She also signs and numbers each design. "I want each dress to have a personality of it's own and have each client feel comfortable knowing her dress is special." Prices for the sheath package start at $650.
Opening in September, Tomlin designs for women of all ages, shapes and sizes, including children. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9:30am-3:30pm, by appointment only. For more information, visit www.KiyaTomlin.com.
About Meadeworth Interiors
Award-winning Meadeworth Interiors was founded by Sue Anderson in 1995. It offers top quality custom made merchandise for all aspects of interior home design, from traditional to contemporary, eclectic to minimalist and everything in between. The 10,000 square foot showroom is open to the public Monday through Friday 10am-5pm. For more information call 412-441-2484 or visit meadeworthinteriors.com.
Pittsburgh Urban Media Catches up with one of the Hardest Working Women In the Fashion Industry.
- PUM: What was your inspiration to open your new design space at 11 Penn Circle West, inside Meadeworth Interiors in East Liberty?
- PUM: As a designer, what are you hoping your customers experience when they visit your new design space?
- PUM: Tell us a little more about your background in design, why does this field interest you?
- PUM: How do you see your business growing in the future?
- PUM: Do you design any items or cloths for your husband or kids?
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