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From Clothing to Art: Three Generations of Tailoring in D.C.

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Cheryl A. Lofton began designing and tailoring clothing as a young girl in NW DC.
Rebecca Sheir
Cheryl A. Lofton began designing and tailoring clothing as a young girl in NW DC.

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.

[Music: "Family Affair" by Sly and the Family Stone from Anthology]


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