PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh-based designer Kiya Tomlin was slated to make her Macy’s debut last spring with a limited-edition clothing line at select local stores. COVID-19 had different plans.
“It was a spring collection, and by the time Macy’s opened back up it would have been like August, which I thought was too late for this collection,” Tomlin said.
She decided it was worth the wait to get the timing and an in-person shopping experience just right.
Now her ready-to-wear capsule collection of eight women’s wear pieces will launch Saturday (April 10) exclusively at the Macy’s Ross Park Mall store. The public can get a sneak peek at 8 p.m. Thursday during a virtual trunk show at kiyatomlin.us.
The collection will not be for sale online or in Tomlin’s flagship store and studio in Etna.
The chance to sell clothes in a Macy’s store is “super cool,” said the designer, who’s married to Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.
“I grew up on (shopping at) Macy’s,” she said.
It’s not often that Macy’s taps a local designer to create an exclusive collection for one of its stores.
The inspiration for the collaboration came about after one of the Steelers Style runway shows, an annual fundraiser that features Steelers and their significant others modeling clothes by Tomlin and other retailers, including Macy’s. In the audience was Macy’s district vice president, Tom Wallace, and his wife.
“His wife really liked the collection and said to her husband, ‘Hey, does Macy’s sell this?’ Why doesn’t Macy’s sell this?’” Tomlin said. “He said, ‘Let’s see what we can do.’”