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Larrimor’s Forum/The Substance of Style/Fall 2013

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After all those years in the Union Trust Building—including four expansions— I figured we’d always stay there. But here we are, at One PNC Plaza in the center of the city and the new heart of Pittsburgh. How perfect. Carl Slesinger, second-generation owner

Dear Friends, We can’t keep it to ourselves any longer: We’re about to turn 75! In May of 1939, Larrimor’s first opened its doors in the Union Trust Building and forever altered men’s fashion in Pittsburgh—no pun intended! 75 years later, and with the addition of our women’s business, we’ve changed locations but not our commitment to creating a shopping experience like nothing else in the city. We looked at this upcoming milestone as the perfect time to return to our roots as a single store destination in the heart of downtown. This meant closing our Galleria location—not a decision we took lightly, given the success we enjoyed there. With our One PNC Plaza store in high gear and already a part of the booming downtown scene, we have chosen to focus entirely on making this location the ultimate shopping source for Pittsburgh’s discriminating clientele. Former Galleria customers, take heart: several key South Hills associates are now downtown, so if you haven’t yet, by all means, stop in. They’d love to see you and so would we! You’ll enjoy a far greater selection and validated parking (at Three PNC Plaza) right in the center of an amazing and reinvigorated downtown dining and cultural scene. In this issue, discover the latest in women’s fall fashion, learn all about our complimentary Closet Cleaning service, and more. Stay tuned as we prepare to celebrate our 75th anniversary in 2014. You know we love a good party, and the planning is already underway for some big fun! And, in case you’re wondering, 75 feels fantastic. We look forward to seeing you downtown soon! Sincerely,

Carl Slesinger, Lisa Slesinger and Tom Michael Co-owners, Larrimor’s


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LOVE IT or LEAVE IT BY LISA SLESINGER

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HGTV SHOW, Love It or List It? A family

check out Vince, Autumn Cashmere, 360 Sweater and Mag-

renovates their current house while, at the same

aschoni. Colors run from soft earth tones to rich jewels, and

time, a real estate agent is trying to find them a

classic neutrals. We’ve also expanded our denim with J Brand

beautiful new house. In the end, they must decide

and Yoga jeans, two very different fits with very loyal fans—

if they love their renovated home or want to list it. This idea

although many women adore both. The baby bootcut is back

has come to define my work philosophy because it’s exactly

and yes, straight and skinny styles still rule and leggings re-

how Larrimor’s approaches our customers’ wardrobes. It’s

main a weekend staple.

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simple: only buy what you love. If you aren't excited to wear it, just don’t buy it. Not sure what looks good on you? We’ll help you define your personal style. Have clothes you once loved but no longer wear? We’ll show you how to decide whether you should “love it or leave it.” In the meantime, there’s lots to love this fall!

It’s simple: only buy what you love. If you aren’t excited to wear it, just don’t buy it. Topping it off with outerwear, Max Mara's 3-in-1 jacket is

Etro brings breathtaking patterned ready-to-wear and

modern and clever. Barbour offers lightweight, super-func-

scarves. St. John and Giorgio Armani’s modern knitwear is

tional casual chic. Their signature color is Barbour Olive, but

true style-meets-substance. Travel-friendly floral mesh from

we can’t resist Barbour Black’s urban chic.

Fuzzi and understated elegance from Escada are feminine and fabulous!

In our evolving accessories collection, look for Versace’s iconic Silk Square scarves, Kevin O'Brien's handcrafted

And you asked for it: a new suiting program from Lafayette

shawls and modern classics in cashmere and fur. See by

148 New York. Their polished sportswear, great “occasion”

Chloe handbags joins collections from Rebecca Minkoff,

looks and seasonless stretch wool provide unlimited options.

Kooba, Hammitt and MZ Wallace. Our belts feature reversible

And you’ll radiate confidence in beautiful novelty jackets and

styles, statement buckles, origami wraps and skinny leopard

classic pants from Santorelli and Nina McLemore, tailoring in-

printed haircalf. In jewelry, we’ve built on the popular Gillian

cluded.

Julius, Alexis Bittar, Simon Sebag and Deborah Grivas col-

Then there’s Eileen Fisher. Her name’s familiar but her mod-

lections. And we have great Tai stackable bracelets (back by

ern and versatile basics are a surprise to many. Her beautiful

popular request), Claudia Labao (your everyday statement

sweaters, tops and dresses are must-haves, especially if you

piece) and stunning Kara Ross gemstones.

travel or want a perfect go-to weekend wardrobe. Our sweater selections feature great styles from Max Mara, Damask, Aldo Martins and Kinross. For unique detailing,

This fall, look for our fun “Love it or Leave it” events. In the meantime, if you crave a little one-on-one attention, we’re always here for you. See you soon!


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ASKLISA In terms of silhouette, slim is still in! Rather than turning to new cuts in denim, freshen your look by choosing different materials or embellishments. Try skinny pants in jacquard, rich brocade, ponte knit or leather. If you want to stick with denim, go for black, charcoal, brown or Bordeaux, for a dark, romantic feel. Moto styling with seamed detail around the knee is also an important trend, as are zippers on ankles and pockets.

Q:

How can I add a bit of the punk trend to my look without going overboard?

Last fall the runways were filled with seasonal prints and colors, but this year’s fashion has a decidedly edgier feel. You’ll see lots of black and charcoal, leather and lace, zippers, studs and grommets, especially in sportswear. Instead of relying on color to add interest to your wardrobe, do it with detail and texture. For those who aren’t comfortable wearing a full leather pant or jacket, try garments in other fabrics (lace, felt, cashmere, stretch wool, etc.) featuring panels of leather. They’ll make the gar-

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ment more pliable and breathable, so you’ll be comfortable with the way you feel in addition to the way you look.

Q:

I want to pack light for my winter getaways, but all my pieces are so bulky. Any tips?

The trick is to pack lightweight, versatile pieces that can be worn and layered in a variety of ways. Your favorite retail buyer can teach you this skill, as we pack for market trips all year long! (We always need room for paperwork on the return trip, so we have mastered packing efficiently.) A few favorite tips: wear your heaviest shoes or boots during travel, and pack only the dressier (lighter) shoes in your bag. Slim pants — denim, ponte knit, leggings — will travel well and can be dressed up or down. Long- or shortsleeve tees in silk jersey, Lycra blends, or ultra-light cashmere will give you warmth without weight. Add one or two additional lightweight sweaters that can be worn over the other pieces. Finally, wear outerwear with a feminine cut to show your shape, but that can still accomodate layers underneath. Pick a color palette for all your tops and bottoms, then add one or two accent colors with accessories, or textured items, if you prefer a monochromatic look. A great wrap belt, or a reversible belt that can be worn at the waist or hip, will create lots of options.

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Q:

Skinny jeans have been around for a while now. Will their popularity continue into 2014, or are other denim styles going to replace them?

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IEE 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION A HOMERUN LARRIMOR’S HOSTED University of Pittsburgh: The Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence’s 20th anniversary celebration in winning style. Joined by Pittsburgh Pirates, Maniac Magazine and Pittsburgh Dad, guests took batting practice, challenged Pirate players to Playstation MLB games and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres by Bella Sera. Don’t miss out on exciting future events! Give your email address to your sales associate and we’ll be certain to add you to our VIP invitation list.

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CLEANING IS BELIEVING Breathe new life into your wardrobe with a complimentary professional closet cleaning from Larrimor ’s. BY ANN TRONDLE-PRICE

coding and clothes-combining. Often, this involves setting aside and “expiration-dating” certain items, while you’re waiting to lose weight, for example. Next, they’ll take your favorite pieces and build multiple outfits around them. Finally, you’ll say farewell to things you rarely wear or that no longer match your goals. At your request, Larrimor’s can donate your discards to a charity that values them so they live on—just on somebody else. Larrimor’s customer Dale Filstrup is a longtime believer. “I had several beautiful older pieces and some great family items that were passed down. I figured they were too dated to ever wear again,” she says. “Terry showed me how to combine some of them with more modern pieces and adjust the fit on others. Now they live on.” An expert opinion is especially valuable with men’s clothing, as styles are always changing. “Bob from Larrimor’s has cleaned my closets for years,” says retired attorney Paul Fagan. “Through my career transitions, Bob has made sure I wear what’s appropriate

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and in style. When I recently retired, he arranged my closet with VER STARE INTO THE ABYSS

of your overflowing closet and

more emphasis on casual dressing, social events and travel.”

think, “I’ve got nothing to wear”? It happens to us all: that sudden realization that our wardrobe is too black.

Or too tight. Or too dated. Or suited to a life we once had but no longer do. When your closet’s bursting at the seams and you’re out of ideas, it’s time for a closet cleaning from Larrimor’s. “It may seem

When your closet’s bursting at the seams and you’re out of ideas, it’s time for a closet cleaning from Larrimor’s.

scary, or like a big step, but it really isn’t,” explains owner Lisa

Many customers rely on their Larrimor’s associate’s critical but

Slesinger. “We do closet cleanings all the time and when we’re

friendly eye on a regular basis. “Because we’re experts in fit, we

through, customers tell us it’s like having a huge weight lifted off

may tinker with tailoring or add just one or two accent pieces to

their shoulders.”

give a cherished item a whole new lease on life,” says Lisa

Lisa says the process is simple. First, your Larrimor’s associate will come to your home to discuss your goals and your biggest wardrobe challenges. Then they’ll dive into organizing,

Slesinger. To schedule a complimentary closet cleaning, drop by the store or call 412-471-5727 to schedule your appointment.


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EISLER LANDSCAPES Where innovation and sustainability meet. BY JULIANNA BAGWELL

From left: CMU Gates Science Center; Allegheny County Office Building green roof; green roof at CMU’s Posner Center.

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ISLER

LANDSCAPES, a company dedicated to innovation

the Trinity Cathedral historic grounds renovation.

and quality, first opened its doors in 1926. With an in-

Throughout the 2013 season, Eisler Landscapes has worked

house group of highly qualified horticulturists and land-

on a series of projects in and around the city of Pittsburgh that

scape architects, Eisler is able to push the boundaries of trad-

will propel forward their stance as a green infrastructure leader.

itional exterior design and create something extraordinary for its

This past summer Eisler Landscapes began green roof con-

clients.

struction at the South Fayette middle school, and continued

Sherry Kyne, CEO of Eisler Landscapes and president of

work on Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus, the first cam-

Eisler Nurseries, expanded the company to include full-service

pus in the country that will be SITES certified with the Sustainable

landscape and site construction services in the late ’80s and

Sites Initiative. Through a grant from the EPA, Eisler Landscapes

hired three horticulturists to assist in creating an all-inclusive

will also be installing rain-gardens at East Liberty’s First Presby-

landscaping environment. Eric French, who now serves as pres-

terian Church to collect runoff water from the cathedral.

ident of Eisler Landscapes, came to work for the company in

In addition to their attention to detail and beautification

1985 as a horticulturist determined to make a positive environ-

of every outdoor space they take on, Eisler Landscapes under-

mental impact through his creative work in landscaping. “Al-

stands the importance of sustainable construction practices.

though the job can be very technical and there is a lot of

Eric French notes that the company “wants to have a big foot-

engineering involved,” French says in regards to Eisler Land-

print in green infrastructure” and that, as a prevalent land-

scapes, “there is a crossover between art and science, and I get

scaping business, “we are directly in the line of making a sus-

to live in both worlds.”

tainable impact.” Eisler Landscapes strives to enhance the

Today, Eisler Landscapes has nearly 50 employees dedi-

region through traditional landscaping, but also hopes to con-

cated to making an artistic and environmental impact in every

tinue its role as industry leaders in eco-friendly landscaping and

project they pursue. The company’s main facility is in Butler,

sustainable practices.

PA. It is located within Eisler Nurseries’ 250 acres of shade ornamental and native trees. The company has become a driv-

Eisler Landscapes is located at 1031 New Castle Road, in

ing force in reshaping Pittsburgh’s landscape with projects

Prospect, PA 16052. Call toll free: 1-800-420-TREE. View their

such as Carnegie Mellon University’s Gates Science Center and

portfolio and more online at eislerlandscapes.com


WHY WE BLOG BY BRIDGETTE CUNNINGHAM

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ou’re reading this magazine. You know the store. You know

that Larrimor’s carries the best highend brands that Pittsburgh has to offer. You might even know that we validate parking, have an in-house shoe shining service, and offer home delivery. Even if you’ve known Larrimor’s for years, there’s something that you may not know—we write a blog! What better way to keep up with how we are evolving and changing than to read our blog? The Larrimor’s team is constantly on the hunt for new brands, better styles, and new ways to make our relationships even stronger through service. Our relationships with our customers are the most important things. We’re not selling anything on the blog. We write the blog to keep you on the pulse of what we’re up to and give you one more way to interact with us. You’ll find behind-thescenes pictures from the making of the magazine. You’ll see trunk show pictures and merchandise before it ever hits the racks. You’ll be inspired by street style. You might even find your own picture if you attended one of our events. Every time you click on our blog, you’ll find something that’s unique. It’s not just recycled information from the internet. It’s fun, and we take time to think about what we want to tell you. Read us at larrimors.com/blog. Email

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HIT THE MAT

Bikram Yoga is a 90-minute practice performed in a heated room (105 degrees Fahrenheit with 40 percent humidity). Created by Bikram Choudhury, it consists of a sequence of 26 postures and two breathing exercises. “It’s a common misconception that yoga is about sitting cross-legged and chanting,” says instructor Eoin Thomas Sharkey. “Bikram is an intense, physically challenging workout.” “Men generally think that yoga is somehow subsidiary to other, more macho forms of exercise,” says instructor Chris Totaro. “We see it all the time: the girlfriend brings the guy for his first class. He enters the room presumptuous and overconfident, but it’s not long before he’s gawking at the display of strength surrounding him.” Yoga is not just for flex-y, skinny people either; it’s actually more beneficial for those less flexible. The most common excuse is “I’m not flexible enough to do yoga. I can’t even touch my toes,” shares Corinne Idzal, a yoga teacher in New York City. “That’s like saying, Consistent practice will help to increase ‘I’m too sick to go to the doctor.’

strength, stamina and mental focus.

Think yoga has nothing to offer men? Think again. By Elise Diamantini here’s a reason athletes like David Beckham, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Andy Murray moonlight as Bikram yogis. Murray, a pro-tennis player who’s currently ranked third in the world and is the reigning Olympic Singles Champion, credits Bikram Yoga for increasing his mental and physical endurance during matches. And Abdul-Jabbar has said that if it weren’t for Bikram Yoga, he could never have played NBA basketball for as long as he did with so few injuries. A consistent yoga practice has been known to increase strength, stamina, flexibility and mental focus, while decreasing stress. Yoga helps prevent and alleviate sports-related injuries by strengthening the muscles around major joints. It creates more flexibility, so it’s a perfect way to improve your golf or tennis swing. And on the superficial side: consistent practice will help you look great in that new modern-fit suit!

It will only get worse if you don’t do something about it.” Idzal says that in general, men are tighter than women because of the anatomical and physiological differences in their bodies. “Not to mention that ‘typical’ male sports tend to create tightness because of high-impact and repetitive movements.” Bikram yogi Anthony Rebholz says a lot of athletes, especially boxers, come into the studio because they need to find more flexibility for their sport. “Working out at the gym is all about contraction and resistance; yoga is about expansion and extending — opening up rather than closing down. Men work a lot of the primary muscle groups at the gym, but yoga works the secondary and tertiary groups. Yoga also makes you become more aware of how you move your body during other forms of exercise.” Totaro, who says he has been more or less injury free for the past decade, also points out that “strength and

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flexibility have a reciprocal relationship. The more muscle mass built around a joint, the more the joint’s mobility is decreased. In other words, as weight lifters continue to add bulk, their joint flexibility continually decreases. The comprehensive stretching exercises in a yoga class allow for a more balanced relationship between strength and flexibility.” Yoga has also been known to help people heal their injuries, avoid surgery and wean themselves off medicine. A telling example from yogi Nick Graham: “A few years ago I was experiencing neurological problems: blackouts, migranes, extreme nausea. I was admitted to the hospital and for a week I was drugged, hooked up to machines and miserable. Soon after, I passed a Bikram studio and stopped in for my first class. After the best night of sleep in my life, I went back the next day, and the next. Finally I stopped taking my meds. All the while I was being tested for myriad things, but I just practiced Bikram as often as I could, and eventually my symptoms disappeared.” Yoga’s therapeutic effects are not limited to the physical. Those who practice report that it helps them focus, set goals and explore their potential. Plus, yoga helps keep your emotions in check. “You won’t act on

impulse,” explains instructor Jakob Schanzer. “This was a gradual change for me, but I noticed that I was reacting to things more calmly.” If you’re still not convinced, Idzal can offer a few more arguments: “Yoga is badass! You will sleep better, work better, relax better, make love better... Beginners are shocked by the life-transforming power yoga can have. Physical change is just the beginning.”

GETTING STARTED

Tips for beginners from Bikram Yoga instructor Corinne Idzal • Talk to your teacher before class and let him or her know you’re a beginner. They can ease your mind and give you modifications during class if you need them. • Go to class hydrated and on an empty stomach. • Take electrolytes before practicing yoga to help with stamina and muscle cramping. Natural sources like coconut water or green juice are best. • It’s not a competition. No one cares if you’re stiff or can’t hold a posture. Even that dancer with her feet behind her head is too focused on her own struggle to be judging you. • Go often, especially at first. You’re never the best at something the first time you try it, but the more you practice the better you’ll become.

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Students and teachers gather in Rynek Główny w Krakowie as they continue their study seminar in Poland.

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to see a sleeping student wake up. To

coming.” And I went. I saw her rally a group of teens and teach-

see students’ intellectual interests ignite into passion. But per-

ers on a street in Warsaw to have a dialogue with Polish resi-

haps it’s even more glorious for students to see a sleeping

dents, help students lead an ecumenical memorial service at the

T IS A GLORIOUS THING

teacher wake up. That is the collective experience and visceral impact of Classrooms Without Borders (CWB). Teachers and students are awakened in meaningful, unexpected ways. How could we not be? We traveled together as co-learners and revisited the Holocaust. Saw some of the most beautiful cities in Europe and Israel. Laughed and cried. But most importantly, we all returned home anxious to share this newfound knowledge in our classrooms, with our communities and among our peers.

Dome of Ashes in Majdanek concentration camp, explore the streets of Israel and the Children’s Village for underprivileged chil-

Every site we visited imprinted on us the compelling challenge to remember, to be witnesses, and to act to prevent further atrocities.

I was transformed—as a Bethel Park English teacher and as

dren, and then, back home, encourage students to express their

a human being—by my CWB trip to Poland and Israel. The first

personal responses to it all through poetry, music and public art

time I heard Dr. Gur speak about ‘the world as a classroom,’ I

exhibits. Every site we visited imprinted on us the compelling

felt myself leaning forward in my seat, utterly engrossed and

challenge to remember, to be witnesses and to act to prevent

wanting to hear more. Moments later, she passed a piece of

further atrocities.

loose-leaf paper to me and said, “Put your name down, you’re

As one student said, “I only read about (Continued next page)


Never before seen in the United States.

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instruction been clearer to us. The Holocaust was yesterday. In the intolerance and violence of their own time, the kids started to see connections. The Holocaust should never be perceived as too big to believe. Few could reinforce this point more powerfully and authentically than Howard Chandler. In the rains at Birkenau, the 83-year-old Auschwitz survivor shared his stories of heartbreak and courage. Teachers and students finally understood: what Majdanek was a German Nazi concentration camp on the outskirts of Lublin, Poland. Here students and teachers learn about the German camps built in Poland.

was considered long-gone history to them was Chandler’s living reality. He helped each of us grasp the impact of the Holocaust, not in terms of what it did to six million, but what it did to individuals. One by one by one.

the Holocaust before. Now I believe it. Now I am a witness too. I was there. I saw it with my own eyes.”

Mark Barga, a social studies teacher at Westinghouse High School during his CWB trip, was overwhelmed by the magni-

Yet CWB’s unique ‘live’ learning model begins long before

tude of what he saw at the massive industrial complex that is

your plane takes off. I prepared for my trip (alongside 38 other

Auschwitz. His singular thought was: “This is too big.” Upon re-

educators, artists, students and clergy) by attending six Sun-

turning to Pittsburgh, he was compelled to teach the Holocaust

day-afternoon seminars taught by educational consultant Dr.

differently—to enable his students to experience and wrestle

Michael Naragon. His unique approach broke down the artificial

with the "too bigness” of Shoah. “I did not want them to expe-

barriers that exist in traditional classroom settings and prepared

rience what I saw in Poland through the lens of my digital cam-

all of us to become a community of scholars before we began

era or iPad but, instead, through the lens of a human eye and a

our journey. “Readying them for this venture has forced me to go

teacher’s heart,” he explained to me. “I couldn’t wait to tell them,

beyond my usual range of resource materials,” explained

‘I was there. Close your computers and listen.’”

Naragon. “I’ve used music, art, monuments, memoirs, litera-

Classrooms Without Borders was the trip of a lifetime. It was

ture, concentration camp lullabies, and secondary texts such as

the best thing that ever happened to me as a teacher, for it re-

Christopher Browning’s Ordinary Men and Daniel Goldhagen’s

minded me that teaching truly is a calling to shape the future by

Hitler’s Willing Executioners, to better qualify them for what they

shaping students’ capacity to reason, question, wonder, sym-

will see. When they stand in the silence of the Treblinka Monu-

pathize, hope and make moral decisions. It’s super-human hard

ment or on the railroad tracks at Birkenau, they experience it

work. Some days it’s like bending steel in our bare hands! But

more powerfully. Their impressions are intense and indelible.”

Classrooms Without Borders understands how it’s done, and

Upon landing in Warsaw, we all began to truly see history.

the price we will pay if we fail.

Standing on its very stages, the usual barriers between students and teachers quickly broke down. We felt shock, astonishment

ABOUT CWB: Since its inception, Classrooms Without Borders

and revelation. Together. The Holocaust ceased to be a black-

has subsidized 83 teachers whose collective influence is esti-

and-white unit in a history book or a slick computer research-

mated to have reached over 14,000 students. The CWB model

project in eighth grade. Young and old, high-school sophomores

facilitates ‘live’ learning of political, cultural, and current events

and PhDs, we walked the pathways to the gas chambers and

by linking local teachers and university professors in history, lit-

crematories at Majdanek, and sang and lit candles at the Dome

erature and arts with scholars and thought leaders, locally and

of Ashes. The limitations of traditional classroom instruction

abroad. To learn more or to subsidize a teacher’s study seminar,

melted away as the reality and enormity of the Holocaust sank

visit classroomswithoutborders.org.

in. Yet never before had the importance of superior classroom


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