Food trucks, make room on the road. Mobile clothing boutiques are traveling all over New York City and they're parking in a 'hood near you. Grab current trends or vintage looks—just like the best shops in NYC you know and love. We've tracked down the most unique fashion trucks rolling through NYC and whether you're on the hunt for one-of-a-kind summer dresses or a stylish pair of sunglasses—you'll want to hop on board.
Found: your favorite new spot on wheels for ’70s vintage and brand-spankin’-new offerings from local vendors. Retro-sifters will love blouses for as low as $20 and beautiful Italian-leather bags, which range from $35 to $100. We recommend handmade jewels for guys ($50–$100) by B5 Line and hippie-chic tunics by Umgee ($35–$65) for gals. Track it: The truck officially opens this weekend and will be parked in Williamsburg, Manhattan and the Rockaways this season, but head to Instagram (@gypsyagogony) for its next location.
In 2009, Laura Lanz-Frolio—a retro-loving Brooklynite—set out to sell one-of-a-kind vintage goods exclusively through Etsy…but then purchased a ten-foot 1968 Shasta camper instead. Decor highlights include pink plastic flamingos and a 1930s working cash register (cha-ching!). Ladies will find printed sundresses, palazzo pants, jumpsuits and clogs ($35–$100) from the ’50s through the ’70s, while fellas can shop for bowties, cufflinks and ’80s-era tropical button-ups ($35–$65). Track it: Find the truck out and about on the weekends. The shop is also parked at various flea markets including the Brooklyn Flea in Williamsburg and Park Slope, as well as the Hester Street Fair Keep an eye on its site (lapoubellevintage.com) and Twitter (@poubellevintage) to locate the camper.
Friends Iran Ortiz and Mareana Torres launched Le Suite Boutique (lesuiteboutique.com) in May with a focus on edgy and feminine streetwear. The pair wanted to open a boutique but couldn’t decide on a location, so they opted for the mobile route, where they can hit every neighborhood in the city. Offering new clothes, the truck features the latest affordable styles from brands such as Married to the Mob, Moda Luxe and more. And if you want to try on the clothes before you buy, Le Suite even has a dressing room. Track it: You know the drill by now: Follow the truck on Twitter (@lesuiteboutique) to see when it pulls into your ’hood.
Mobile Vintage Boutique
Looking for a quintessentially Brooklyn shopping experience? This mobile boutique usually parks outside of Momo Sushi, and everything—vintage gear for men and women, books and vinyl—is $10 or less. It also hosts a speakeasy, featuring a closed-off showroom with even more throwback finds (peek beyond the black graffiti gates and text 404-263-8550 to enter). Track it: 43 Bogart St between Grattan and Moore Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Sat, Sun 3–11pm • Speakeasy: 16 Cypress Ave between Jefferson and Troutman Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (themobilevintageshop.com). Sat, Sun 2–8pm.
Jessie Goldenberg has always had a knack for adventure, so when she decided to open her own gypsy-inspired boutique, she knew a typical storefront wouldn’t fly. That’s why she started NOMAD, the 120- square-foot hippie-meets-rock truck, packed with a variety of New York and Los Angeles labels. Everything is under $100—think festival wares such as Cotton Candy kimonos ($52) and printed bell-bottoms by Patrons of Peace ($54). Track it: NOMAD usually pops up in Flatiron and Washington Square Park on weekdays, but head to the LIC Flea in Long Island City and Williamsburg to cop the shop’s precious cargo on the weekends. Pinpoint NOMAD’s whereabouts via Twitter (@thenomadtruck) and the website (thenomadtruck.com).
Feast your eyes on this mobile mecca of hip eyewear. It’s been a year since SunsTruck debuted its 16-foot van filled with trendy sunnies. Since then, the founders have expanded their inventory, adding new styles from TOMS, Steven Allen, SPY and Komono. Most specs are tagged $25 to $250, but the owners donate 5 percent of proceeds to charity daily, so splurging on a pricey pair, like Illestevas ($177), is totally reasonable. Track it: Upcoming stops include the Flatiron District, Williamsburg, Long Island City and the Upper West Side, but check the website (thesunstruck.com), Twitter and Instagram (@sunstruck) for daily locations.
This nomadic shop is a treasure chest brimming with jewels and scarves sourced from around the world. Catering to New York’s bohemian set, you’ll find bracelets, earrings and rings starting at $50, but be sure to take a peek at owner Joey Wölffer’s handbag collection for unique leather pouches ($284). Track it: The Styeliner hits the streets daily and usually parks outside of the Standard hotel in the Meatpacking District between 11am and 7pm, but follow on Twitter (@thestyleliner) for constant updates.