The world of gathering is acquainted territory to McMillian, as her father was an avid thrifter. She started promoting clothes whereas at Spelman School earlier than transferring again to the D.C. space. At Bermuda Triangle, McMillian sells clothes courting from the Nineteen Forties to present instances, and says that her finds are distinctive however can even “match into your on a regular basis fashion.” She hopes in the future, her garments can match into the on a regular basis wants of Hollywood; she has her sights set on changing into a dressing up designer.
When she’s not hauling round garments to pop-up outlets in her pink-and-white ’69 VW bus, McMillian would spend her dream day displaying off her treasure trove on the quilt of Vogue.
On my dream day, I might seize my classic American Tourister bag, load it up with equipment like purses, sun shades, something that I believe would pair nicely with the classic look that I might be capturing for the day. I might throw on a recent pair of J’s or Nike Dunks that I may add a bit of fashion or funkiness to the outfits that I used to be going to shoot.
Then I might bounce into the VW bus, and as I head out, I might make sure you wave and honk my horn to everyone that I see as a result of at present I’m nonetheless studying to drive. I might drive to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, which is type of a hidden gem in D.C., and it’s the place the plants truly involves life. It’s such nice backgrounds, cool inexperienced colours. And in case you don’t find out about it, it’s such as you’re being remodeled out of D.C. It’s like an unique location. And there, I might do a photograph shoot with both a few of my hand-painted purses, classic suitcase or classic outfit, capturing for the quilt of Vogue or Essence journal. The duvet can be about how classic is not only a development however it’s a life-style, and how one can incorporate my classic garments into your on a regular basis life-style.
From there, I might swing by Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing in Silver Spring, and I might top off on some Angelus leather-based paint and perhaps a couple of different provides for portray a brand new purse assortment.
For breakfast, I might go to the Highlands on 14th Road NW. Highlands is a small native spot, however it has large flavors. I just like the shrimp and grits and the fried inexperienced tomatoes. There aren’t too many locations outdoors of the South the place you may get good, well-cooked fried inexperienced tomatoes, and theirs are scrumptious. I might in all probability get that and a latte.
Once I’m not merchandising, I’m trying to find classic garments, to inventory my assortment and private closet. I might in all probability name my mother and ask her if she has learn The Washington Publish in the present day — or if she’s checked out estatesales.net — for any cool native property gross sales which will say they’ve garments or classic. These may be hit and miss, however I might give her a name and see if something caught her eye. If not, then I might go to my good friend’s curated pop-up Get Flee, which is often on the Sandlot in Southeast. I might try the brand new vendor items, hearken to music and simply speak store, as a result of me and the distributors have a variety of stuff in frequent.
I might in all probability do a noon snack, and my responsible pleasure is french fries. I really feel like I’m a french fry connoisseur, so I might undoubtedly have to take a look at some native french fry place earlier than blissful hour. For blissful hour, I might meet up with my buddies, most of whom I do know from Spelman and Morehouse, or all the best way from highschool, at Union Market for margaritas. We often go to Destino or Suburbia, the frozen drink truck.
Then I might name it a night and seize Jamaican or Trinidadian meals. I’ve a variety of completely different spots round city. I like Jerk Pit, however they’re not in D.C. I like Cane if I used to be going to truly sit down and eat, however since I’ll be type of heading residence, I might go to Jam Doung Style on North Capitol Road. I might get the purple snapper with rice and peas and cabbage, and you may’t neglect the plantain.