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CURATORS OF STYLE. On a blistering hot Sunday afternoon in June, our editorial team gathered at Unity Health Care in Columbia Heights to meet photographer Jonathan Thorpe and cover subject Cita Sadeli, known to most in the District as MISS CHELOVE. Our goal was to capture the muralist, art director, designer and illustrator in front of her mural project “You Are Welcome,” a bright and hopeful reflection of inclusivity on the side of the clinic. Sadeli is the personification of who we want to feature in the magazine. She’s so deeply ingrained in the local scene in an authentic way that transcends fleeting hip factor and makes her an icon of never-fading cool in the District. Her story is one of resilience and love; her works are meant to support our community, and her focus is on carving out space for the up-and-comers making waves right now. Our July issue features 30+ local curators of style redefining D.C. Some are new to the scene and others are stalwarts like Sadeli. Regardless of where they’re at on their trajectory, we could not be more thrilled to share their stories this month.

July also marks a special milestone for our team. As of last month, we are joined by new managing editor Andrew J. Williams III and editorial assistant Nicole Schaller, two fantastic local journalists with a penchant for arts & culture in and around our city. Williams’ first print piece with the magazine is a deep dive into four local vintage shops and the creative minds behind them, and he took photos of Wolfgang Puck for Rina Rapuano’s feature on his recent visit to CUT DC and Colleen Kennedy’s piece on Chef Mykie Moll and new Capitol Hill spot Crazy Aunt Helen’s. Schaller patiently rounded up several dozen creators, makers and stylish locals to ask them about the District’s style and their own, and sat down with No Kings Collective Co-founders Brandon Hill and Peter Chang about their design work for brand-new coworking space Studio Outdoors. 

Amanda Weisbrod spoke with local experts about shifts in D.C. fashion post-Covid, Eliza Tebo Berkon interviewed the guest curator and several artists featured in Arlington Arts Center’s latest exhibit, “We Can’t Predict Tomorrow,” and Michael Loria chatted with the founders of Metrobar and the dynamic duo behind Bad Candy Art Gallery. Plus, Haley McKey chatted with local DJs about the return of vinyl-only nights, Trent Johnson spoke with refreshingly candid model Alexandra Cunningham, Allison Hageman rounded up a beginner’s guide to biking, Casey Pazzalia took a deep dive into the world of local sports betting and E$ crafted another excellent illustration highlighting how we “Slay All Day” in the District. 

A special thanks to the newest additions to our team for all of their hard work this month, and to the city’s creative community for letting us pick their brains on all things style.  

Monica Alford