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From Clothing To Art: Three Generations Of Tailoring In D.C.

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Cheryl A. Lofton (shown with longtime customer, Carolyn Rhone) takes pride in "making art out of people's clothes."
Rebecca Sheir
Cheryl A. Lofton (shown with longtime customer, Carolyn Rhone) takes pride in "making art out of people's clothes."

Cheryl A. Lofton's family has been nipping and tucking Washington's attire since the 1930s, when her grandfather opened the first African-American-owned tailoring business in downtown D.C. Cheryl moved the family business to a new spot in Shaw, and just opened a shoe-shine shop next door. Rebecca Sheir visits the operation to hear about the family's professional heritage, and how, in a few short years, Cheryl's business has changed the face of the neighborhood.

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