The attractive drains alongside Butler Avenue in Etna have a locust leaf design and style and are exhibited in a winding route. Their function is as a h2o characteristic that collects rain and keeps it out of the sewer system.

It is not astonishing Kiya Tomlin found them when she very first frequented the town – she’s a manner designer with a eager eye.

“I like the decorative rainwater drains embedded in the sidewalks,” she stated on a current Monday in her boutique, Kiya Tomlin. “They give the community a charming truly feel.”

Obtaining Tomlin foundation her organization in Etna has been good to the advancement of the borough, positioned 10 minutes from Downtown Pittsburgh.


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Manner designer Kiya Tomlint inside of her shop and workspace in Etna.


Etna addresses a person sq. mile alongside the banking companies of the Allegheny River. The moment a mill city, it’s “re-emerged as a household local community with a extremely diversified company base,” as the borough’s web-site proudly states.

There are extra than 160 organizations.

“I appreciate this spot,” Tomlin claimed. “It has genuinely grown because I’ve been right here. I am psyched to be at the forefront of that. It is wonderful to see what is occurring in Etna now.”

Tomlin claimed the town has embraced her.

When she initial frequented, she explained she knew correct absent it was the spot to be able to style and design, manufacture and sell her women’s clothes line all in just one area.

Tomlin started her enterprise in the basement of her property. She then moved to an region inside of Meadeworth Interiors in East Liberty prior to opening her possess retail store a couple of blocks absent on Broad Road.

She acquired the recent setting up on Butler Street in 2018. The space, earlier an artist’s personal studio, is all over 6,000 sq. feet.

“I noticed so much probable,” Tomlin mentioned.

Right after she moved in, Tomlin hosted a manner present and experienced versions strolling the runway – down the heart of the street.

“We are naturally thrilled to have Kiya listed here,” said Mary Ellen Ramage, Etna Borough manager. “She has been a superb asset to the neighborhood. She cares about absolutely everyone.”

Increasing her reach

Each and every piece is drawn, patterned, slice, sewn and in good shape to people, not measurements, she explained. The garments is built of bamboo, cotton and spandex.

“Women are entitled to selections as incredible as they are,” Tomlin reported. “They inspire me to create effortless, flattering, fashionable, practical garments. Garments intended to expend extra time on actual bodies than on hangers.”

She makes in compact batches to lower down on squander. Tomlin has donated garments to enable people affected by a hurricane and has taken leftover pieces of cloth and upcycled it into neck rolls, treatment dolls and tactile pieces to ease and comfort hospice patients and unique wants young children.


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This blue is a new hue for the “I Am Woman” spring/summer time assortment established by designer Kiya Tomlin. Stylist: Dominika Bronner Styling


A mom of 3 with her partner, Pittsburgh Steelers head mentor Mike Tomlin, she not too long ago unveiled her newest selection drawing inspiration from singer Emmy Meli’s ballad “I Am Woman.”

She traded normal soft tones and floral motifs for deeply saturated hues.

There are 8 items.

Costs selection from $89 to $229 and items are accessible in measurements XS-XXL.

When Tomlin receives a ask for to donate auction products, as a substitute of offering a T-shirt or sweatshirt, she donates a non-public browsing party wherever 10-12 men and women can get a tour of the room and do a complimentary wine tasting, and she will donate 10% from their purchases to a charity of decision.

Many teams have held occasions in the space.

“It’s an practical experience,” Tomlin claimed. “They can store and we will be there to guide with fittings and assistance them come across the appropriate design that suits ideal.”


Tomlin collaborated with stylist Darnell McLaurin, co-producer of Pittsburgh’s FashionAFRICANA, and co-founder of Utopia Product Company with Pittsburgh fashionista Demeatria Boccella, of Demeatria Boccella Productions, to design the showroom.

Tomlin, McLaurin and Boccella have assisted make the yearly Steelers fashion demonstrate.

Tomlin explained the supply chain challenges from the pandemic have not affected her business much too harshly. Most of her line is made listed here. Some of the fabric has been tough to get at occasions.

In March 2020, Tomlin started off creating face masks for police and other critical workers. She advised Ramage it was therapeutic for her and her staff to be capable to do a little something. Tomlin and her group created patterns that appeared on the masks. They have made 30,000 masks, some for Highmark and Allegheny Overall health Network’s 1 million mask exertion.

“That definitely held us afloat,” Tomlin explained. “And it felt excellent to support other folks.”


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Kiya Tomlin has made an NFL selection of cozy, trendy clothing, fantastic for video game day. Stylist: Dominika Bronner Styling


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Tomlin also is increasing her NFL collection for the 2022 season, which commenced with the Steelers. She is coming up with seven particular designs, which will be unveiled in the colours of 10 various teams. Their debut is prepared for August. She reported there ended up inquiries from non-Steelers followers.

“They can dress well on video game working day, way too,” she stated. “That does not mean they are going to acquire.”

Tomlin is in the procedure of building a fragrance. She stated it is often a thing she’s required to do, and she is aiming for a drop start.

“Like the apparel I layout, the fragrance is designed to be layered and merged to build one thing special to the wearer,” Tomlin said.

Doing work for Tomlin is amazing, reported affiliate designer Brittany Meyer of Scott Township, who was Tomlin’s initially staff. Tomlin claimed Meyer was so persistent.

“I have realized so a great deal from Kiya,” Meyer said. “She does everything suitable, down to the past detail.”

Kiya Tomlin is situated at 338 Butler St., Etna. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday as a result of Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Evaluate employees author. You can get hold of JoAnne at 724-853-5062, [email protected] or via Twitter .