They say “time flies when you’re having fun,” and in our case… the sentiment couldn’t be more true. With this issue, we’re celebrating our fourth (fourth!!) anniversary, a milestone that is exciting, empowering, and humbling all at once.

As I reflect on the last four years, I find myself overcome with two contrasting emotions. First, it seems like only yesterday that the new journey began. With each issue released, I feel the same “first day of school” excitement and encounter the same nerves that made my heart flutter with our premiere issue. On the other side of the spectrum, and in the best way possible, I feel as though these four years have lasted a lifetime. Our small-but-mighty team has become a family, and our readers? Close friends. This community is what pushes us, full speed ahead, towards the (many) years to come.

With another year comes the start of a wonderful tradition. We’re releasing our second annual list of the “Top 7 Young Designers to Watch.” We’re proud to turn the lens on the young up and coming designers that are truly shaping the future of design. With bright ideas, unique perspectives, and a whole lot of style… well, it would be an understatement to say that the future is looking bright. With seven distinct styles, we’re certain there is something for everyone, and we’re confident you’ll find a few new favorites as you explore the pages.

Lastly, I know I speak on behalf of the entire team at Rue when I offer my whole-hearted “thank you.” We are so grateful to create for you, year after year, and are honored you’ve granted us that privilege. We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed creating it, and that you join us in celebrating another year. Cheers!

xx, Crystal

PS. Read #RueTurns4 HERE. Enjoy! (And don’t forget to share where you’re reading on Instagram using hashtag #RueTurns4. We’d love to re-gram our favorites!)