Apr 15, 201404:50 PMAn Element of Style
Style & the City
Bonjour. My name is Hope Adela Pasztor. You may know me as the eclectically garbed semi-permanent fixture at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center or the owner of online vintage clothing store Pink Champagne Vintage. Fashion has always played a huge role in my repertoire of interests, but a far less obvious personal passion that has long been left to simmer on the back burner of my life is the zealous need to write.
Born and raised in the nearby town of Carlisle Pa., I first discovered my love for writing in tenth grade through an online Advanced Placement English course. Being homeschooled K-12 gave me an extensive amount of free time, during which I chose to further pursue my journalistic interests. During high school, I wrote a weekly fashion column for the local newspaper and started writing daily articles for Chictopia.com. In the spring of 2011, I was sent to report on Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City on behalf of Chictopia.com. Following my New York adventure, I chose to take a break from extracurricular writing activities and instead focused on obtaining my college degree. During this time, I worked at several local vintage clothing and jewelry stores. I moved to Harrisburg in the fall of 2011 and finally opened my own online vintage store in the spring of 2012, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English last summer.
Following my college graduation, my time has been focused primarily on sourcing, maintaining and selling vintage clothes. There is a rich love and history behind the material aspects of said antiquated items; however, the online retail industry is not successfully stimulating in the writing department. As you have probably deduced, fashion journalism is my preferred mode of expressive writing. It harnesses one of my favorite subject matters with one of my favorite activities. I can’t think of a more appealing job description.
However, this is not all about me. It’s also about you. A writer flourishes best when presented with a receptive and involved audience. Harrisburg is growing day by day, evolving from the limited stereotypical government city into an artistically creative and welcoming community. With a fresh new onslaught of unique local restaurants, quaint little coffee shops and live music and art venues, the capital city is slowly improving with every passing year. Every budding creative community needs a niche that focuses on clothing and fashion. Stores like vintage boutique Stash and accessory haven Urban Snob have helped to establish a sense of style awareness in Harrisburg.
In addition to these and other local shopping venues, I believe that our city could use an expressive voice in fashion. The population of Harrisburg needs to be enriched with ideas and concepts of dressing that help to stimulate personal creativity. Concerning almost any subject matter, our mental state helps to stimulate commerce. The more excited we are about fashion and putting our wardrobes together, the more vibrant and productive the local clothing market will become. Let’s eschew the typical fashion reputation garnered by a government city---blasé business suits be gone. Harrisburg is destined for great things and a receptive and stylish community should be one of them.
Sometimes, I get discouraged that our local fashion scene isn’t as thriving as that of neighboring cities such as Philadelphia or New York City. But nothing positive has ever been accomplished simply by moping about. Depression should lead to frustration, and frustration should lead to stimulation. I may not have a black belt in karate or tote around a machine gun, but I am in the possession of a powerful weapon that will help fight to make Harrisburg a greater city on the fashionable front and otherwise. The pen is mightier than the sword, and I intent to wield it to the fullest extent.