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Shop ResponsiblY: DC Fashion In 2016, voters in Washington, D.C., overwhelmingly approved of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s (D) proposal to make D.C. a state. Yet more than two centuries after its founding, the capital city still does not have the rights of a U.S. state. Nonetheless, D.C. residents have immense pride for their rich history and culture — they show it through their music, their art, their food and their fashion. In this issue, we wanted to celebrate local designers and their work. We partnered with five local designers and brands to showcase the creativity and style of the District. Within the pages of this issue are a diversity of styles and models, each with a singular purpose: showing pride for the history and diversity of D.C.

On Elisabeth: Mata Traders Belmone Dress ($94) from Proper Topper On Claire: Nari Dress with sash ($265) from Mimi Miller Womenswear FRONT COVER on Elisabeth: Mata Traders Belmone Dress ($94) from Proper Topper On SARA: Faux Wrap Dress ($245) from Meghan Evans on ALINI: Striped Shift Dress ($245) from Meghan Evans bACK COVER On Odunayo: Plenty Navy Top ($128) and Byron Lars Skirt ($115) from Proper Topper Contributing Editors Kathryn Baker, Mac Dressman, Will Leo, Marina Tian, Emma Wenzinger Photographers Derrick Arthur-Cudjoe, Karla Leyja, Jesus Rodriguez, Stephanie Yuan

Editor-in-Chief Toby Hung Issue Editor Meena Raman

Models Sara Chaves, Deidra Dilworth, Naomi Dukaye, Odunayo Durojaye, Claire Hazbun, Elisabeth Kutek, Marco Lam, Kevin Martinez, Noah Nelson, Alini Walker

Design Editor Alyssa Volivar

Clothiers Bailiwick Clothing, District of Clothing, Meghan Evans, Mimi Miller Womenswear, Proper Topper

Photo Editor Stephanie Yuan


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On Sara: Faux Wrap Dress ($245) from Meghan Evans (JESUS RODRIGUEZ/THE HOYA)

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On Noah: District Seal Hoodie ($40) from Bailiwick Clothing

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On Noah: D.C. Bailiwick Tee ($25) from Bailiwick Clothing On Odunayo: District Seal Tee ($25) from Bailiwick Clothing On Elisabeth: Re51st Tee ($25) from Bailiwick Clothing On Deidra: 51st State Tee ($25) from Bailiwick Clothing (KARLA LEYJA/THE HOYA)


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Mimi Miller Womenswear

On Deidra: Lora Lace Top ($195) and A-Line Lace Tilly Skirt ($220) from Mimi Miller Womenswear On Claire: Nari Dress with sash ($265) from Mimi Miller Womenswear (jesus rodriguez/THE HOYA)

Mimi Miller Womenswear, a brand founded and nurtured in Washington, D.C., focuses on empowering women to dress well for everyday life. The brand’s mission centers on the idea that women should not have to settle for boring, conventional clothing and that all women deserve good fashion. With an emphasis on ethical production, comfortable fit and effortless style, Mimi Miller believes that its items are investments that should last for years. Designer Mimi Miller seeks to find quality fabrics for her garments that feel as good as they look.


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On Naomi: Justice Tee ($26) from District of Clothing On Kevin: Dreamer and Doer Tee ($32) from District of Clothing On Marco: Change Maker Tee ($32) from District of Clothing (Karla Leyja/THE HOYA)

On Marco: Change Maker Tee ($32) from District of Clothing On Kevin: Dreamer and Doer Tee ($32) from District of Clothing On Naomi: Justice Tee ($26) from District of Clothing (karla leyja/THE HOYA)

District of Clothing District of Clothing is a clothing line born and based in Washington, D.C. Proud of its status as a woman- and black-owned small business, District of Clothing has been making casual clothing and streetwear since 2014. The brand is passionate about making clothing that celebrates the District and its distinct culture. Along these lines, the company is unafraid of changing tastes and embraces a dynamic fashion culture. The company’s founder, Dionna Dorsey, plays a large part in determining the brand’s direction, and is known for being a trendsetter in D.C.


bailiwick Clothing Founded by two brothers from Washington, D.C., who decided to take a shot at entrepreneurship, Bailiwick Clothing makes D.C. and DistrictMaryland-Virginia-themed T-shirts and hats. Through a company founded on a dream and a risk, they bring their experience into the shirt and hat designs they create. The company’s clothing seeks to merge the brothers’ passion for cutting-edge design with wearable fashion. Above all, the brand is dedicated to D.C. and celebrating the cultural accomplishments that the District has produced. Bailiwick Clothing’s pieces reflect D.C.’s diversity, with shirts embossed with the names of neighborhoods and other local references.

Back row from left: On Sara: District Dollars Tee ($25) from Bailiwick Clothing On Marco: Chocolate City 3/4 Sleeve Shirt ($30) from Bailiwick Clothing On Deidra: 51st State Tee ($25) from Bailiwick Clothing On Alini: Chocolate City Tee ($25) from Bailiwick Clothing On Noah: D.C. Bailiwick Tee ($25) from Bailiwick Clothing On Kevin: 202 Stars Tee ($25) from Bailiwick Clothing Front row from left: On Claire: The District vs. Congress Tee ($25) from Bailiwick Clothing On Odunayo: District Seal Tee ($25) from Bailiwick Clothing On Elisabeth: Re51st Tee ($25) from Bailiwick Clothing On Naomi: The District vs. Congress Tee ($25) from Bailiwick Clothing

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Meghan Evans Meghan Evans is a clothing line made in Washington, D.C., and designed for tall women. Evans, who is 5-foot-10, often struggled with finding clothes to fit her frame and decided to found a clothing line suited to women like herself. Selling elegant tops, bottoms and dresses tailored for women 5-foot-9 and taller, Evans is also passionate about producing her clothing in an ethical manner. She washes and wears all samples before they are produced and partners with local companies to make her clothing. Evans’ clothing is polished and crisp — and a celebration of D.C.’s immense design talent.

On Sara: Faux Wrap Dress ($245) from Meghan Evans On Alini: Striped Shift Dress ($245) from Meghan Evans (karla leyja/THE HOYA)


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On Kevin: 202 Stars Shirt ($25) from Bailiwick Clothing (Stephanie Yuan/THE HOYA)

On Sara: Faux Wrap Dress ($245) from Meghan Evans

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On Elisabeth: Mata Traders Belmone Dress ($94) from Proper Topper (Stephanie Yuan/THE HOYA)


On Odunayo: Plenty Navy Top ($128) and Byron Lars Skirt ($115) from Proper Topper (Stephanie Yuan/THE HOYA)

On Naomi: Plenty Black Lace Top ($188) from Proper Topper On Elisabeth: Mata Traders Belmone Dress ($94) from Proper Topper On Deidra: Gray Helena Hood ($140) and Plenty Gold Dress ($168) from Proper Topper (Karla Leyja/THE HOYA)

On Deidra: Gray Helena Hood ($140) and Plenty Gold Dress ($168) from Proper Topper

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Proper Topper Proper Topper was founded in 1990 and, over the course of its nearly three-decade life, has become an important part of the local arts and fashion community. This family-run company is the brainchild of Washington, D.C. local Anna Fuhrman, who left a career in law to pursue her love of millinery. Although this brand has its roots in fashion and specializes in colorful hats, the company has branched out into producing many different accessories and ornaments. In addition to its lines of jewelry and clothing, Proper Topper sells clothing that particularly celebrates its origins in D.C. and the culture of the District.


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The Hoya: Fall Fashion Issue: December 1, 2017  
The Hoya: Fall Fashion Issue: December 1, 2017  
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