Thursday, June 28, 2012

Styling Between the Stacks: NYPL Edition

New York Public Library employees continue to bust the stereotype of the dowdy librarian with their eye-popping style. Their style is so striking that the Wall Street Journal chose to highlight it in its Work Wear: Office Style at the New York Public Library article with an accompanying slideshow.

Stephen Pinson, of the NYPL. Photo: Kurt Wilberding/Wall Street Journal
"There are a lot of individual styles here," said Stephen Pinson, curator of photographs at the library. "People will be surprised because employees don't fit into a category." Indeed, work wear at the New York Public Library, as profiled in the Wall Street Journal piece, ranges from conservative classics to brightly colored ensembles to consignment shop gems to hand-sewn attire. The diversity of looks among the sixteen library employees profiled is refreshing.

Jessica Pigza, of the NYPL. Photo: Kurt Wilberding/Wall Street Journal
Jessica Pigza, assistant curator of rare books at the library, told the Wall Street Journal, "My mom taught me to sew when I was a kid. I try to mix things I make with the things I have." In the photo of her featured in the slideshow, Pigza is wearing Indigo by Clarks shoes, known for their style and comfort, because "I spend my time walking around on marble floors."

To see the slideshow exhibiting the wonderful workplace style of Pigza and 15 other New York Public Library employees, go HERE.


  1. Thanks for your coverage of the feature. I thought it was great to see the real range of styles, not the tired old stereotypes. Nice reading your blog! Cheers, Jessica

  2. I'm so happy and flattered that you enjoyed my blog! Thank you, Jessica!