Meet Our Team

Here at Inclined Designs we believe that supporting other women is one of our top priorities. We work hard to find creative women, moms and female college students that are just as dedicated to quality and customer service as our owners are. 

The Maker: Karyn Pope

Hi! I'm Karyn (aka Kat), the mastermind behind Inclined Designs.

I launched Inclined Designs in 2008 first as Hey Baby! Boutique, with a focus on items for infants like appliqués tees and tutus. I worked diligently at expanding the scope of the business, first with additional children’s clothing, silicone teething necklaces, and even items for new and expectant moms. After building out the brand to include adult clothing and Pittsburgh-themed products, I rebranded in 2017 to embrace my hometown pride, deciding on the name Inclined Designs with a logo involving the city’s signature red funicular.

Inclined Designs has blossomed into a business that not only celebrates women’s creativity but focuses on community involvement and engagement. New designs are often discussed on social media before being produced to allow for real-time customer feedback. I also encourage fundraising efforts by working with local sports teams, school bands, and other organizations to design custom products from tees to totes for their causes.

Inclined Designs’ current product line is a colorful array of everyday items and clothing. My first true love is Uncensored Soul, as I believe in being your true uncensored self. This includes swear words, sassy sayings, punny bits and baubles and more. My favorite 2nd is Burgh Bits, a fabric design I commissioned in 2015 illustrated with homages to Pittsburgh: parking chairs, pierogi, bridges, keystones, and ketchup bottles. Items in the line include kids’ clothing, magnets, keychains, and more, allowing my customers the ability to show their hometown pride in a variety of ways.

When I’m not wrangling my daughter, working at my day job in the steel industry, or dreaming up new designs, I devote time to helping new small business owners establish their business and branding. I also work as a part-time Operations Manager for I Made It! Market and love mentoring the next generation of business owners, paying forward my decade-plus of industry knowledge to help everyone thrive.


Production Partner: Hip Modern Soap

Hip Modern Soap creator Carrie makes our 3 B's Balm as well as other Bath and Body prouducts for us in her soap studio. We have tested several recipes to make the perfect blend that everyone loves. You can find her soap at

Other Shop Helpers:


Melainie: A PTA and Cheer Mom, a maker in her own right and lover of the words Shit and Fuck. She's our Event Maven and you'll find her at most in person events!

Jayne: A mom and my sister in law, she helps me juggle all the balls I toss in the air and promptly forget about gravity doing it's thing. She is our stock associate and ensures each shop that carries our products are full of up to date items!