Trade Union Trunk Show
Pittsburgh fashion has become more than just Steelers jerseys and crafts are no longer your standard loom potholder. Trade Union calls itself a design-driven trunk show and works to reimagine the typical, crafty shows that have been trending around the area. Instead, Trade Union plans to create an atmosphere that brings together a more selective group of businesses that focus on design and creativity.
This biannual event is hosted by Emily Slagel (Mid-Atlantic Mercantile), Jason Seltzer (J. Seltzer Associates), Merissa Lombardo (The Mine Factory/Set Design), and Michael McAllister (Urbanist Pittsburgh). These ambitious creatives collaborated so that they could help add to the positive changes they already see in Pittsburgh’s design community. Trade Union has partnered up with UpTo, which is a pop-up marketing project associated with Shift Collaborative to give designers an opportunity to learn how to market themselves right at the trunk show.
Michael McAllister, one of the organizers, says of the event, “The exciting thing about Trade Union is to see how many amazing people and companies are out there calling Pittsburgh home. These are people with incredible talent/vision that could easily be in San Francisco or Brooklyn but instead they’ve chosen to embrace Pittsburgh, establishing their brands here. And that’s becoming the norm rather than the exception.”
To kick off the 2014 season, Trade Union will have its first event on Saturday, March 29th from 11AM-6PM. It will be held at the hosts’ favorite Burgh venue, The Mine Factory in the East End. The space will be filled with thirteen vendors promoting designs ranging from vintage housewares and screen printed wallpaper to custom furniture and onsite classic barber shaves. Expect to see work from Moop, Red Raven, 1820 House Candle Co., The Ardent Forager, Mid Atlantic Mercantile, Kicky Feet Vintage, Royal Establishment, Perry & Co., Stocking Noir, Stak Ceramics, Harvest & Gather, Brooklynteriors, and Graham’s Barber Shop.
On top of great design and innovation, the event will feature a DJ spinning music along with food and drinks from Round Corner Cantina, Jeremy’s Cart (serving Blue Bottle Coffee), and the BRGR Truck. To help end the night on a good note, guests are invited to attend a complimentary happy hour from 4-6PM.
Trade Union looks to be pushing the craft show boundaries in Pittsburgh, providing two more events that small business designers and indie art enthusiasts should add to their calendars each year.