Style & Steel was founded in 2007 by Wadria Taylor, M.B.A. Originally from Jamaica by way of Brooklyn, New York, Wadria moved to Pittsburgh in 2002 to attend the University of Pittsburgh and fell in love with the city’s potential.
Wadria is also the founder of Style Week Pittsburgh, an annual multi-day event launched in 2013 that promotes the arts and fashion.
Fashions of Diana Misetic at the 3rd Annual Style Week Pittsburgh “Cut & Sewn” at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater
To date, Style & Steel’s work has been recognized in several media publications including: Pittsburgh Business Times, The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, New Pittsburgh Courier, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, The City Paper, Maniac Magazine and Whirl Magazine. Additionally, she was honored as a New Pittsburgh Courier “40 Under 40” awardee and was recently nominated for the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Awards. Wadria received a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from Carlow University.
In the Community
Style & Steel continually seeks opportunities to serve others both locally and abroad. In Durban, South Africa, Style & Steel’s founder has worked with the Collegiate YMCA leading capacity development initiatives and in Jamaica (her native homeland) with Great Shape.
Style Week Pittsburgh also extends its mission to the community by partnering with non-profit organizations that focus on the empowerment of women and girls, presenting opportunities and programming to increase awareness of and support for the work that they do. To date, SWP has partnered with Gwen’s Girls, Strong Women, Strong Girls, and Dress for Success Pittsburgh.
Locally, Wadria serves on the Board of Directors of Working Diversity Inc., the only nonprofit in the Pittsburgh region that focuses on helping individuals and organizations create more diverse work environments. Recently, she was invited to the White House to discuss economic and public policies with President Barack Obama’s key Senior Officials.
Designer Talkback (Jazmin Jackson, Lana Neumeyer, and Diana Mistetic) Lamont Jones, Facilitator
2014 Style Awards Honorees
Renee Piatt, 2015 Style Awards, Designer of the Year
Wadria Taylor at the 3rd Annual Style Week Pittsburgh “Cut & Sewn”
2014 Style Awards Honorees at Perle’
Style Week Pittsburgh’s #IAMSTYLE Promotional Photo Shoot