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pants. While there are no actual pink pumps for sale at the moment, the store has plenty of other teeteringly tall shoes in a price range that doesn't leave much hope that they're comfortable too. Also for sale: sequin-encrusted tank tops, skintight stretch pants styled like five-pocket jeans but made to be worn with heels, and various shiny accessories.
Pink Pump is a four-store southeastern Michigan chain started by Tawny Thieu, a thirtyish woman who is all about girls who want to have fun. On the day we stopped by, Nichole Dilone, the manager, was a great model for the store's goods, wearing five-inch yellow suede pumps, a lacy tank, a leather bangle, and some skintight jeans with strategically placed peekaboo holes, all clothes from the company (though the pants aren't sold in the Ann Arbor store). "We all have to wear Pink Pump shoes," she says, "plus one other item from the store." They have to pay for both items, Nichole Dilone says, but she doesn't mind, because "we want to contribute to the store."
If you're even thinking about wearing a pair of these jeans, it might help to own some Morera breathable seamless underwear, which until recently you could have bought over at Moda Blue in Nickels Arcade. But Moda Blue closed at the end of the art fairs. "The economy wasn't good, our sales dropped," explains owner Ali Benli--who also admits, "I didn't know anything about clothing." His family in Turkey manufactured the Morera brand. He says the Turkish economy is doing fine--his family now makes clothing for Target.