Who would guess that you could find Chanel, Thierry Mugler and Bruno Magli in a store called Hobo?

According to Webster’s Dictionary a hobo is a homeless penniless vagabond. But picture this, a drifter riding the rails of a train through Pittsburgh, donned in a plaid blazer wearing a black fedora with all of his belongings in a nicely worn crocodile bag thrown over his shoulder.

You might run into that fashionable drifter in Hobo, a high fashion store with thrift store prices.

WELCOME TO HOBO—Owner Deryck Tines. (Photos by Debbie Norrell)

Hobo is a very fashionable addition to the growing Pittsburgh Cultural District.

Owned by gospel artist extraordinaire Rev. Deryck Tines, the store carries new and previously owned fashions for men and women, jewelry and some gift items. The pieces are exciting and eclectic.

Tines says he has always liked hobos, they express a freedom of expression in their dress.

Sometimes you may see them in a plaid shirt and a print scarf, doing their thing trying to keep warm.

Tines plans to have at least four Hobo stores in the Pittsburgh area.

With a sincere passion for fashion and a unique style Tines says the store is a way to underwrite his ministry without a total dependence on grants. Reverend Tines also pastors One Church located at 937 Liberty Ave.

The fashionable window displays of Hobo are an instant draw.

Ladies enjoying an evening of jazz at the nearby August Wilson Center popped in for a little late evening shopping. Arnita Stagger says the store is wonderful, “There are so many one of a kind pieces.” A few of the pieces are actually designed by Tines.

The grand opening was celebrated with live music, wine and cheese and plenty of shopping on Jan. 17.

Hobo is located at 951 Liberty Ave. next to Little E’s and is open 11-7 Monday through Saturday.

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