Street vending goes glam

Though I think this post is absolutely hilarious, I’m not sure if it’s just outright immature. However, simply thinking about the following left me laughing for hours…

Despite Spring 2013 starting for the fashion industry in Sep. 2012, my wonderful friend Tia gave me another lovely reminder of the annual season change yesterday. Specifically, Tia tweeted me a photo of a Chanel street vendor cart adorned with lush white and pink floral arrangements– complimented by bottles of Allure and No. 5 — at London’s Covent Garden. Unlike vendors who are notorious for their counterfeit designer goods on Canal St. in NYC or those in Quincy Market known for low-quality trinkets like plastic memorabilia, toy lobsters and other Boston related paraphernalia; Chanel glamourized the notion of street vending by using it as tool to curate a haute display.

While I’m definitely not a label whore, as I covet fashion from an aesthetic viewpoint; I usually find myself helpless if I’m lured by Chanel’s timeless charm. As many of you know, I have an unconventional habit of preserving my Chanel bags and boxes as decor throughout my apartment. So, I think this Chanel vending cart would make an excellent addition to my digs (continued below photo).

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Chanel street vendor cart placed by the boutique in London’s Covent Garden. Photo credit: Tia Kim

However in a town like Boston, where sartorial inspiration is suffering (Bostonians compensate with their rich history and culinary offerings), it’s undoubtedly imperative to embellish the city with a taste of luxe flavor. Thus, Quincy Market can use a Chanel vendor amidst the throngs of tourists, street performers and traditional carts.

In response to Tia’s Chanel photo above I Tweeted, “…I want one [a Chanel floral street vendor cart] for my apartment! P.S. My new ambition is to be the first Chanel vendor in Quincy Market!”

In reply to my revolutionary idea Tia tweeted a much bigger suggestion on top of commending mine, “a Chanel vendor at Quincy Market would be absolutely amazing! Or why not open Hermes in Harvard Sq. where the 7-11 was!”

Given Harvard Square’s array of higher and lower-end student-centric retailers like The Tannery and Urban Outfitters, and restaurants such as Russell House and Chipolte. This wide contrast in businesses is also reflected in the areas local crowd, which ranges from Harvard students and renown professors to homeless alcoholics and street punks, not including the daily flocks of tourists from around the world. Nevertheless, you’ll never find any couture in such an eclectic spot.

Here, I offer the most accurate postulations I could conjure upon placing a Chanel street vendor cart in Quincy Market and opening a Hermès in Harvard Square! Plus, I’ve also included a brilliant depiction of a possible spot to situate Chanel and Hermès in my hometown of Toronto, where they can be located nearly adjacent! Enjoy, my delightful captions accompanying each photo!

You know, it's possible this street performer at Quincy Market could be preoccupied with dreams of serenading Karl Lagerfeld with a private performance in Versailles.

You know, it’s possible this street performer at Quincy Market is preoccupied with dreams to serenade Karl Lagerfeld in a private performance at a palace in Versailles accompanied by a standing ovation from an audience sporting oversize condum-like accessories on their heads, courtesy of a local Boston restaurant.

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Or she may have different aspirations, so the other side of Quincy Market might be a better spot to park the Chanel cart. Maybe this pack of prospect customers is desperately awaiting for me to quit [pretend] kissing my statue– and open for business, already! I’m sure they’re all ecstatic to get their hands on a bottle of No. 5 with a bouquet for that special someone. Shirt: Marc by Marc Jacobs, shorts: DVF, sunglasses: Prada, necklace: vintage, bracelets: miscellaneous, bag: Gucci.

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Unfortunately, I couldn’t find nor capture a Photoshop-able photo at the former 7-11 location. Henceforth Tia must open Hermès by the vintage tobacco shop on Mass. Ave. Maybe, these fine young gentlemen are eager to buy their special someone a Birkin!

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If Quincy Market or Harvard Square don’t mark the perfect spot, Toronto’s Kensington Market could provide an abundance of opportunities for this dynamic duo to flourish, while I’m sure locals will welcome them with open arms…

P.S. With all that said Tia adamantly suggests, “we should seriously open up mini Chanel, Hermes, Louis and Prada on wheels to add a little couture flair to all those areas that need it!”

And I completely concur with Tia’s suggestion!

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