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Zipper Blues brings high-end women's fashion to Squirrel Hill

When Cheryl W accessory boutique left its 12-year Forbes Avenue storefront for a Point Breeze nook in summer 2009, Squirrel Hill lost a chic staple. Zipper Blues, which moved into the 5817 Forbes Ave. spot in late October, is filling neighborhood's need for high-quality fashion.

The store is high-end, but hardly a special-occasion-only boutique. Zipper Blues specializes in everyday luxury-- super soft solid-color tees, girl-cut sports shirts embellished with Swarovski crystals, feminine hoodies and jackets perfect for layering, and of course, the store's namesake, premium denim. Zipper Blues carries five denim brands: Citizens of Humanity, Miss Me, Red Engine, Joe's Jeans and AG Jeans. Alterations are free, and will so closely approximate the original look of the hem, you'll think the pants were made specifically to suit your body.

Zipper Blues comes to Squirrel Hill after five years on Washington Road in Mt. Lebanon. Its owners--young married couple Jamie Rohm and Matt Hinde--were ready for a change. The two live in the South Side, and were walking along Forbes one evening after dinner at Aladdin's Eatery when they saw the vacant storefront. "We were surprised to see an available storefront in Squirrel Hill," says Hinde. "Charles Spiegel had been trying to persuade us for years to come into Squirrel Hill. So we did."

Hinde says that Squirrel Hill, though it's perhaps better know for its restaurants, cafes, pizza shops and ice cream parlots, is also a great shopping destination: "There's high-end men's and women's shopping with Charles Spiegel and Zipper Blues on the same street, in addition to Dales Maxima, Occasions and Littles Shoes."

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Writer: Caralyn Green
Source: Matt Hinde, Zipper Blues

Photograph copyright Caralyn Green

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