Meet Our Team
Here at Inclined Designs we believe that supporting other women is one of our top priorities. We work hard to find creative women, moms and female college students that are just as dedicated to quality and customer service as our owners are.
The Maker: Karyn Pope
Hi! I'm Karyn, the mastermind behind Inclined Designs.
I launched Inclined Designs in 2008 first as Hey Baby! Boutique, with a focus on items for infants like appliqués tees and tutus. I worked diligently at expanding the scope of the business, first with additional children’s clothing, silicone teething necklaces, and even items for new and expectant moms. After building out the brand to include adult clothing and Pittsburgh-themed products, I rebranded in 2017 to embrace my hometown pride, deciding on the name Inclined Designs with a logo involving the city’s signature red funicular.
Inclined Designs has blossomed into a business that not only celebrates women’s creativity but focuses on community involvement and engagement. New designs are often discussed on social media before being produced to allow for real-time customer feedback. I also encourage fundraising efforts by working with local sports teams, school bands, and other organizations to design custom products from tees to totes for their causes.
Inclined Designs’ current product line is a colorful array of everyday items and clothing. My favorite is Burgh Bits, a fabric design I commissioned in 2015 illustrated with homages to Pittsburgh: parking chairs, pierogi, bridges, keystones, and ketchup bottles. Items in the line include kids’ clothing, magnets, keychains, and more, allowing my customers the ability to show their hometown pride in a variety of ways.
When I’m not wrangling my daughter, working at my day job in the steel industry, or dreaming up new designs, I devote time to helping new small business owners establish their business and branding. I also work as a part-time event coordinator for several local markets and love mentoring the next generation of business owners, paying forward my decade-plus of industry knowledge to help everyone thrive.
Shop Assistant: Bri
Hello! My name is Bri. I am 19 and currently a student at ccac. I love going to punk rock concerts and favor 80s/90s movies because the new one's aren't as cool. I have been helping Karyn out for a few years now and every experience at these shows with these amazing local artists has been awesome! Smaller businesses deserve so much love and support and if I am able to help with a small part of that then life just gets a tiny bit better each time.
Shop Assistant: Ana
My name is Ana. I am a full-time student, artist, musician, and hopefully future archivist from Pittsburgh, Pa. I am an avid advocate for LGBT+ and gender equality.
Production Partner: Becky Maners
Becky does everything Button in our shop. We reuse every scrap of our Burgh Bits fabric and turn them into things like keychains, magnets and more. Becky is a mom of two and owns her own business as well as a full time job.
Production Partner: Hip Modern Soap
Hip Modern Soap creator Carrie makes our 3 B's Balm for us in her soap studio. We have tested several recipes to make the perfect that everyone loves. You can find her soap at www.hipmodernsoap.com
Other Shop Helpers:
Brittany and Hailee- A mother daughter duo who help out at multi day events. Brittany is a mom, an educational aide, and a student. Hailee is a highschool student.
Sara- A mom, daycare worker, and one of my best friends. She is trained as a fiber artist and is an all around crafty lady (when she has free time).