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Re-Fashioning D.C.

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The average American will toss 80 pounds of clothes into the trash annually, but experts estimate that 95 percent of those pre-loved clothes could be repurposed. In an upcoming virtual panel cheekily titled “Re-Fashioning D.C.,” local leaders combating fast fashion will discuss flouting this unsustainable system. The host, Remake, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that frames fashion as a “force for good,” urges consumers to try their purchasing power, voice, and creativity on for size “to make the invisible women who power the fashion industry visible.” The District’s fashion followers will recognize the three panelists transforming the city’s style scene: Fia Thomas, owner of Fia’s Fabulous Finds, the independent secondhand boutique in Petworth; Sam Smith, the Baltimore creative behind New Vintage by Sam and a handcrafter of healing jewelry; and Leohana Carrera, an ethical fashion entrepreneur, human rights activist, and founder of the clothing reuse business Our ReStore. The three advocates for ethical fashion practices will discuss how their small businesses are modeling a more sustainable fashion ecosystem, and how everyone can tailor their sartorial approaches to be stewards of change. Here’s a sneak preview: Buy thoughtfully, swap enthusiastically, and restyle creatively. The event begins at 6 p.m. on July 31. Registration is available at eventbrite.com. Free. —Emma Francois

A Right to the City

When A Right to the City first opened at the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum in 2018, Allison Keyes wrote for Washington City Paper that the exhibit contextualizes current tension over residential development in D.C. with a decades-long history of gentrification. In City Lights, Hamzat Sani called it a “must visit.” But you can’t visit right now—COVID-19 forced the museum to close its doors. Fortunately, its online staging is more useful than ever. You’ll start with an introductory sense of the exhibit’s purpose: Having “a right to the city” is grounded in city use, equitable transit and development, quality public education, and healthy neighborhoods. Importantly, community activism against that gentrification is also front and center. You’ll learn the history of a predominantly Black and Jewish community in Southwest and how “urban renewal,” “modernization,” and so-called “slum clearance” tactics continue to jeopardize it and other otherwise thriving neighborhoods. A Right to the City then explores Anacostia, Shaw, Brookland, Chinatown, and Adams Morgan. Between stories of freeway construction, demolished small businesses, and mass evictions, curator Samir Meghelli weaves stories of how these neighborhoods have worked to shape and reshape their identities with shared interests in mind. Ending with a call to action, “Prepare to Participate,” the exhibition makes clear that these aren’t problems of history. Rising real estate prices and deepening inequality are very much problems of today, especially as the country faces down the end of a federal eviction moratorium. The exhibition is available at storymaps.arcgis.com. Free. —Sarah Smith