GG: You have such a great start-up story! How did Highway Robbery Vintage all begin?
Kate: I have always worn and loved vintage. I’ve worked various retail jobs over the past 10 years so I feel like opening my own place was a natural progression. I had sold a few vintage things on Etsy and I guess that planted the seed in my mind that opening this store should be something I really considered. I have done a lot of traveling and felt like Pittsburgh didn’t have the kind of store I wanted to open.
GG: What has been your most exciting HR moment thus far?
Kate: Every time someone comes in or does a write-up saying they love the store….it’s the most exciting moment. It feels so crazy every time.
GG: Let’s talk business. Where do you see Highway Robbery in 3 years?
Kate: I’d love to build up the web store and a lot more online business. I’d also like to expand on the categories I currently have by adding housewares and home furnishings. If the store is doing super well, I’d consider opening another location someday.
GG: What advice do you have for an entrepreneur?
Kate: Invest what you have. Don’t take on more than you can handle right off the bat or it will quickly become the worst job ever. That applies to time, money, energy, etc. Accept help from those who offer it and be humbled by it.
GG: What do you recommend to students interested into breaking into the fashion industry?
Kate: The thing that helped me the most was getting as much industry experience as possible. I have worked literally every retail job you can imagine at every different kind of store. The pay and hours aren’t the best, but it’s worth it in the end!
GG: What attracts you to vintage?
Kate: I’m a sucker for nostalgia. Always have been. I also appreciate the quality and ‘one of a kind’ aspect.
GG: Is there a “future” to vintage clothes shopping?
Kate: Definitely! Fashion is always repeating itself and the industry will never be the way it was 25+ years ago. There wasn’t the ‘fast fashion’ culture we have now. Everyone wants to own something they cherish. Vintage will be that for people in the future.
Kate Minton in the GG Hot Seat:
Hometown: Aliquippa, PA (Beaver County, outside of Pittsburgh)
The perfect Friday night would include these three things… My husband Matt, our dog Pierre, and cocktails on the veranda
My role model is … Gwen Stefani
Favorite place to get lost: New York City
When I was growing-up I always wanted to…. learn French….I’m still working on it!
The artist on repeat on my iPod right now is… The Naked and Famous
The go-to item in my closet are my glitter shoes. I have a pair of Miu Miu and a pair of Jeffrey Cambell ones. They are so odd they almost go with anything.
Thanks Kate! Visit Highway Robbery on East Carson Street in the Southside or click here to shop online!