Windy's Boutique brings top designers to Pittsburgh's South Side
By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Gucci. Giuseppe Zanotti. Christian Louboutin. Jimmy Choo.
Shoes from these well-known footwear designers resemble pieces of art inside Windy's Boutique on the South Side.
“You can't find a lot of these shoes here in Pittsburgh,” says Winter Ramos, co-owner of the chic boutique with fiance Rod Gallagher that opened in April. “And there are women who want these shoes in Pittsburgh.”
Ramos offers shoes from $35 to $1,000. She's expanded her shoe collection by teaming with Janelle Cutler, owner of online shoe store shoedivaboutique.com, to provide fun and fancy footwear options.
“Windy's Boutique is going to be extremely successful,” Cutler says. “I am a shoe fanatic, and the shoes I sell look great with the clothing and accessories Winter has in her store. She and I make a great team.”
Shoes are just the beginning at Windy's, which sells women's apparel and accessories, too.
Ramos is originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., and had been living in Miami for the past seven years. She has more than a decade of experience as a personal stylist, is known for her role in VH1's reality television show “Love and Hip Hop New York” and recently wrote a book about her life in the world of hip-hop, “Game Over” (Life Changing Books, $15.99).
She works with a buyer out of Miami to find everything from the latest trends to classic styles in apparel, accessories and footwear.
Ramos and Gallagher chose Pittsburgh for their shop because Gallagher is a North Side native and they wanted to raise their 7-week-old daughter, Summer, in the area. They live in Uniontown.
“Women like nice things, and there are certain designers you can't get here in Pittsburgh, so we wanted to bring those pieces here,” Ramos says.
Pants range in price from $20 to $150. Dresses are $35 to $500.
Shayla Kemp of the West End, who has purchased jewelry from Windy's, likes the range of prices and the variety of accessories, clothing and footwear.
Her sister Charlene Kemp of the South Side agrees.
“It's a cute, cozy and fun boutique,” Charlene Kemp says. “It's great to have a shop like this right here on the South Side.”
Ramos plans to have parties at which women can swap clothing and accessories, because as she says, “one person's trash is another's treasure.” She also is open to helping with closet makeovers and high-end consignment as well as private and special events.
Windy's is sponsoring Positively Pink Bras For The Cause. Individuals register for $20, then purchase a pink bra from the boutique and decorate it from 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the store. The decorated bras will be auctioned from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 21 at Savoy in the Strip District. Proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at email@example.com or 412-320-7889.
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