I found a gem of a jeans store in Pittsburg a few months ago with my friend Catarina Brown, Search on the Run blogger. The Pittsburg Jean Company is on East Carson Street on the southside nestled between Perlora and Mallorca. It’s located in an 1892 historical building with a tin ceiling, hardwood floor, and uses an old feed bin as a counter, tailgate of a pickup truck for shelving, old drugstore furniture, classic metal vintage signs and a 1950 Harley Davidson motorcycle for merchandising. It’s heritage dates back to 1922 but the jeans store has been open since 2001.
Lawrence Scott, better know as “Mr Jeans” by his colleagues returned to town in 2001 with his degree from The Parsons School of Design, 17 years of design experience, an inside knowledge of the fashion industry, a rolodex of industry contacts, and a cult devotion to blue jeans. Cult might be an understatement. He can give you an impromptu history of denim, from the “buckle-back” Levi’s of old, to the WWII-era jeans in which the stitching was painted on to preserve thread supplies, to the pair of vintage jeans that were discovered in an old mine that sold on E-bay for $47,000. This devotion shows up in everything he does.
Like making sure your jeans fit PERFECTLY! His staff is professionally trained in “jean fitting”. They are so good at sizing you up they can find the perfect style and fit for you before you ever step foot in the dressing room. They probably know that hip/waist/thigh ratio-times-length formula that makes for a perfect fit, but that nobody not even your eighth grade algebra teacher can explain. You are guaranteed to walk out with a 100% perfectly satisfied fit. And I can assure you, you do! Alterations are free to make sure all jeans have a custom fit. And when their tailors reattach the original hem to your jeans, a skill that’s been handed down for nearly three generations, the detail is executed with the precision of a surgeon.
PJC carries over 40 different lines of premium jeans such as Adriano Goldschmeid, Diesel, J Brand, Serfontaine, Paige Premium Denim (my favorite), True Religion are just a few and they also carry an amazing assortment of jean compatable apparel…Velvet, Splendid, La Rok, Ella Moss….endless possiblities for dressing up or dressing down a pair of jeans.
If you are a jean manufacturer and you are not selling to Pittsburg Jean Company, start strategizing on how to get on their vendor list now. Known nationally as one of the top “jean connoisseurs” in the country, Lawrence Scott can get “your brand found” just by buying the line. Just make sure you know your stuff because like any connoisseur, he curates with a demanding eye.
Photos: Pittsburg Jean Company Website
2222 East Carson Street
Pittsburg, PA 15203
Phone: (412) 381-5326