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Saturday, 17 March 2012 23:59

Chic Spotlight: Stu Nizny
Stu Nizny shares how he began his business and his desire to make a difference for Cincinnati citizens. Read on to learn more about the Clifton business owner and what he considers real vintage.


Stu Nizny, owner of Pixel 19 Vintage Clothing / Photo by Josh Stevens

Cincy Chic: What made you want to start your business?
Stu Nizny, owner of Pixel 19 Vintage Clothing: Even in kindergarten I knew I was very different from the kids around me. I would draw pictures and dream of things I would rather be doing. Years later, I went to boarding school because my parents wanted to send me somewhere I would be able to express my creativity.


My parents always said you're either in school full-time or working full-time. I worked full-time for a friend of the family. In my spare time, I had the opportunity to network with different artists. I boosted my appreciation for fashion and unique items, conceptual ideas and design. I had always known as I was working for other people that I would like to do something of my own. I've always been driven to better myself and help other people.


Cincy Chic: How did you find your passion in this field?
Nizny: It was based off of my upbringing with my parents. They were very open-minded. They exposed me to theater and art. They looked at travel as education. Being influenced by people and the things that I would see helped morph me into that. I was influenced also by a young lady I was dating who was in fashion design. I always knew I wanted to give back to the community and live my passion. Life is definitely about human connection.


One thing that I tried to do from a very young age is give back to people by helping them feel good about themselves. Like anyone's passion, I live and breathe vintage and retro. Pixel 19 has become globally popular but that's not the reason I continue to do it. I wake up looking forward to living and breathing what I enjoy.


Cincy Chic: When did you open Pixel 19?
Nizny: I started my company when I was 19. I'm celebrating my 25th anniversary this year. In May 1992, I officially formulated Pixel 19 as an actual company. I started buying and selling things under that name. The name came from a word game with a friend of mine. I had an appreciation for the vintage items. I started networking with individuals and years later, through a lot of hard work, pixel 19 has started to grow on a much larger level.


Cincy Chic: Why did you choose to locate in Clifton?
Nizny: I chose Clifton because I have spent a lot of time here. When I was born in 1967, my parents brought me to where they were living in Clifton. I guess in a way I am from here and people always return to where they're from. It's a more open-minded and artistic area in Cincinnati versus other places. People have been free for years to express themselves and many small businesses have opened here based on that fact.


I wanted to do something where I was giving back to Cincinnati. The reality is that I've considered moving and have lived other places, but I've come back for one reason or another. I am very much a unique individual with a unique aesthetic. To me, life is about human connection and doing right by the other person. I treat my clients with honesty so they will come back.


Cincy Chic: Define "vintage."
Nizny: The technical definition is anything that is a hundred years or older. Anything under a hundred is considered retro or nostalgic. It has become an industry phrase, so to speak. People are considering vintage from the beginning of time from 1994 to 1995. The reality is that it is a misused term. Many of the pieces I deal in are not truly vintage.


Cincy Chic: Do you have a favorite vintage item?
Nizny: I have a couple of them. I can never seem to get enough vintage leather jackets, concert tees and vintage cowboy boots, but only pointy, very ornate and size twelve.


Cincy Chic: What kinds of items do you carry at Pixel 19? What are your most popular items?
Nizny: Vintage t-shirts are extremely popular. Customers cannot get enough of them. If I sold nothing but vintage t-shirts, I would still be in business.


Cincy Chic: Apart from Pixel 19, you participate in a number of related activities. What are they, and how do you tackle all these separate factions of your work?
Nizny: I do styling, costuming for individuals for any occasion or any event, theatrical performances. I conduct individual image consultation for men and women who want to revamp their wardrobes.


I also do spatial manipulation, which is the design of space and picking an area that needs to be stylized. Along with this, I participated in the Blue Ocean Group for Procter & Gamble, where I sold almost everything for the design of the space. I've also done fashion shows -- well over 100 for different organizations. I am not licensed to appraise items officially, but I don't charge for unofficial appraisals.


My true drive is a personal fascination and interest. I have to be excellent with time management and consider every angle. I have never had an employee, but I work seven days a week.


Cincy Chic: What upcoming plans do you have in store for Pixel 19?
Nizny: Every human being has ideas of what they would like to happen. There's a thing called a dream, and there's a thing called reality. I have dreams of what I would like to happen, but the reality is that we are not in control of our time or destiny. We can only plan for the future with what we have right now. I plan to continue to provide the best quality product and continue to thank customers for allowing me to conduct business.














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