Stephen Kuhn makes his debut as a Pittsburgh designer with a line of men’s clothing made from upcycled garments. This year, his designs focus on recycling superior fabrics such as wools and silks. Ties become tunics and wool jackets turn into trendy menswear. Stephen’s major goal is to provide the skill of a seasoned tailor in all of his clothes.
Shortly after arriving in Pittsburgh, he spent time learning new sewing techniques and tailoring skills in private sessions with other local designers. To gain experience, he landed a position with Alterations Express, where he has been working for almost three years. There, he provides tailoring to men’s and women’s suits on a daily basis, while other coworkers specialize in gowns and different types of clothing. He sews using several different machines and hand tailoring.
Stephen’s experience as a professional tailor grants him familiarity with garment structure. He understands the use of facings, types of stitching, and the necessary interior layers of a fine jacket. He studies men’s garments, in particular, through British and U.S. magazines, sometimes using them as inspiration for future designs.
Stephen Kuhn is originally from Greenfield, Indiana. He has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education, and a master’s degree in Music from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He sings opera, having performed for the Savoyards and Undercroft Opera. His active lifestyle which includes bodybuilding, church and social activities. His professionalism and growing experience will certainly propel his career as a Pittsburgh designer.