Letter from the Editor September 2021

Photo by Andrea Hutchinson.

Isn’t it great to feel the weight of a real September issue? Every year, I can’t wait to read the 200+ page September issue of Vogue to see what fashion trends are in store for the coming year. While this issue of The VOICE focuses primarily on bourbon because we are in Kentucky after all, don’t worry, there is also a fantastic fall fashion editorial inside styled by yours truly and the very talented Miranda McDonald. This fall, expect to see bold prints, colors and textures, non-traditional layering and a casual-cool vibe mixed with elevated and tailored pieces. Personally, I can’t wait!

On another note, I am incredibly proud of this robust issue and my amazing team who helped me put it together in the short four weeks we had to create it. While it was an absolute beast to pull off, we did it and I couldn’t be prouder. This feeling of pride is also bittersweet as this will be my last issue as Editor in Chief of The VOICE. Some of you may be asking yourselves why I’m leaving, what’s next for me and what this means for the publication, but fear not. It is simply time for me to start a new chapter in my life and to hand over the reins to someone new. 

I’d like to introduce you to the fabulous Alexandra “Alex” Hepfinger who is joining the team as Managing Editor. I think we can expect great things from her and the future of The VOICE. 

Without further adieu, I give you the September issue and my very last issue. I love you all and would like to thank everyone in the community whom I worked with. Thank you to Ryan, my Mom, Dad and other family members who encouraged me to take this role and were there for me during press week each month. Thank you, Janice, for trusting me with the role of editor and enabling me to flourish. Your eloquence, kindness and steadfast leadership will always be remembered. Thank you to our staff photographers, Andrea and Kathryn, who have been with me since the beginning. You all are an absolutely unmatched team, and every issue your talents continue to amaze me. Thank you to Pascalle and Lane for putting up with all of my meticulous editorial requests and for creating the beautiful layouts you see each month. Thank you to our Account Executives, Lauren and Amy, for being so good at what they do to encourage our advertisers to continue their support, and of course, to Marsha, Julie and Karen. Thank you to my amazing interns over the years, especially the exceptional Elizabeth Scinta, who became my Editorial Assistant and who I don’t know what I would’ve done without. And thank you to long-time writers Laura Ross, Josh Miller and Joe Daily for always creating beautifully written articles. And thank you Steve for teaching me about science! I also have to thank my former colleagues, Laura Snyder, Britany Baker, Angie Fenton and Mariah Kline for teaching me everything I know now. I will never forget, there’s no Oxford comma in The VOICE! 

So have a seat, pour yourself a bourbon and let’s cheers to the September issue and the future of The VOICE of Louisville!


Sincerely yours,