NEXT Up: Laura Bunting is a lawyer, art lover and vintage fashion connoisseur

Laura Bunting

Catch up with young attorney and art lover Laura Bunting, who practices labor and employment law at Samuel J. Cordes & Associates. As chair of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, Laura recently represented local attorneys at the national American Bar Association conference in Miami. Originally from Ithaca, NY, Laura is dedicated to community work, volunteering with Family House and Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh. When not buried in her cases, you can find this Regent Square resident seeking out vintage collectibles, traveling, and enjoying art, fashion and yoga.

Monday, February 20

I’m an early riser, so I enjoy the morning. I get ready while listening to BBC Radio 1. The station has the best live music and keeps me connected to friends and family in England. I will catch up on emails and news articles on the bus ride into downtown. Working in litigation means no two days are the same, so it helps to be very organized and ahead of everything before I get to the office.

After work, I will stop at Biddle’s Escape for a tea before my friend and I hear Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies, at the Carnegie Music Hall as part of the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures series. My mother is a librarian, and reading books is a very enjoyable part of my life. I read and write all day as a lawyer, and yet there is always a stack of books at home I’m reading.

Tuesday, February 21

My dad and one of my brothers live in England, so I’ve adopted a few English habits, one of which is a never-ending quest to find the best English breakfast tea latte. Bluebird Café and 21st Street Coffee both do an excellent job, so if I haven’t packed a thermos of my own, I’ll stop in this morning to get a professional version.

After work, I’ll meet a good friend for drinks at Red Star Kombucha or täkō before seeing Twelfth Night at the O’Reilly Theater.

Wednesday, February 22

I will be attending depositions today. Afterward, a work friend and I have plans to meet for drinks at Sammy’s on Liberty Avenue. Recently, I’ve been drawn to casual places for drinks, and Sammy’s is a classic bar.

If I can make it, a friend and I will go to Cathedral Yoga at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. Yoga in the sanctuary seems like an inspiring end to a day. After, I’ll stop at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s or the East End Food Co-op to pick up something for dinner.

Laura Bunting

Laura with friends and at AFROHEAT at Bayardstown Social Club.

Thursday, February 23

At noon, I will chair the Allegheny County Young Lawyers Division‘s annual meeting, where I will recap our events to date, and introduce committee chairs, who will set forth what’s ahead for the spring. I’m excited to present the 2017 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award to a very deserved individual.

After work, I’ll stop by The Sharpe Edge downtown to support the Bar Leadership Initiative, which is hosting a Threads for Vets fundraiser from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Later, I’ll order an Uber to take me to Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, where my friends and I take a screen printing class every Thursday. I’m focusing my prints on images from vintage fashion magazines.

Friday, February 24

My friend Maureen and I end up at Kelly’s in East Liberty at least once a week. Tonight I’ll meet her there after taking the bus from downtown. Kelly’s buffalo tofu bites with blue cheese are one of the best foods in town, so we will catch up on the week over bites and drinks. I’m hoping the rest of the self-appointed “crew” will be able to join us.

Laura Bunting

Laura at Baron Batch’s Hideout.

Saturday, February 25

The day will begin with a walk in Frick Park, and then I’ll meet my mom and brother to shop for vintage items.  Growing up, my parents and I spent time in museums and antique shops, so my love of vintage and antique items is deeply engrained. I’m particularly drawn to vintage fashion books and artwork, and mid-century modern accessories. I also have an embarrassing number of coats. I like to shop for vintage items at Ambiance Boutique in Squirrel Hill, especially since it supports Bethlehem Haven.

At 2 p.m., I’ll meet friends at the Carnegie Museum of Art to see the new Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion exhibition. We have a reservation at the Café Carnegie, which I am excited to try.

The rest of the afternoon is unplanned, so we will probably linger over a glass of wine and plot our next move.  We all like music (especially disco), so if there are any dance parties in town, we are bound to end up there.

Sunday, February 26

I have the same routine most Sundays. At 9 a.m., I’ll be at Yoga Flow in Shadyside for my favorite hot yoga flow class. Afterwards, I’ll decamp to the Ace Hotel with my laptop to meet friends and research work assignments.  The chicken salad from the Whitfield is amazing, and the long tables are a great way to socialize while working.

At 4 p.m., I’m playing tennis at the Mt. Lebanon Tennis Center with a wonderful group of friends.

Afterwards I’ll cook dinner at home, listen to BBC Radio, Skype my family in England, and relax before the week begins.

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About The Author

Arts + Events editor

Former arts & culture editor of Pop City; worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art. Co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania and co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. In a band called The Garment District; founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.

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