Burgheoisie was initially used as the name for the Pop-Up Project Pittsburgh boutique store that showcased local crafters. Stephanie Stauffer, creative director, coined the name after reading the biography of haute couture designer Christian Dior. It stemmed from the bourgeois designer’s dream to be the first couture house to mass-produce ready-mades and fused with the idea that Pittsburgh would one day have its’ own fashion house to share with the world.
Ms. Stauffer eventually realized her visions for Burgheoisie had outgrown the original platform built for the boutique. With this realization, a new era began. The Pop Up Project changed names to Boutique 208, while Ms. Stauffer went on to pursue a new venue for her visions. She is proud that Boutique 208 continues to grow under her conceptual co-operative plan. You can find Boutique 208 across from Heinz Hall in the Cultural District of downtown Pittsburgh.