By LaMar Anderson | October 15, 2020 | 6:00am
Please tell us about yourself, business, and how long have you been in business?
Okay, my name is Lashell Gibbs. The name of my business is How Bazaar, like the market. I just started vending in Leimert about two weeks ago. I sell vintage clothing I remix for over eight years, and now I actually have a mobile clothing store where I sell out of a mobile home that I tricked out and now is a clothing store and has a little (décor) forest environment. I am originally from Connecticut. I am new to LA and have been here for a year. I have been vending in LA for the whole year. That is how I made my money when I first came here.
How did you come up with the idea to turn a mobile home into How Bazaar vintage boutique?
I had a brick-and-mortar store first, but even before then, I always knew I wanted to do a mobile store. It just made sense that you own it. The brick and mortar became available first. I did that for a few years until I finally said you actually want a mobile store. I felt prisoner to my store, ya know, I could not go anywhere. Customers always expected to see me (in the store). I love to travel a lot and go places but couldn’t since I owned my clothing store.
Once I got the mobile home, I knew that was my freedom. As soon as I got it, I had the opportunity to shoot a show called Bazaar Road Trip that I am still working on right now. We traveled throughout the US and went to South By South West (SXSW) and Coachella and just met with artists and talked with them on what it takes to be an artist. What kind of sacrifices they had to make to live the life of an artist? So we are putting that show together.
What were some adjustments you’ve had to make as an artist and business owner traveling the country by yourself?
Once I stopped in LA and decided I was just going to stay, I went back home and got rid of my apartment and the store, and just moved out to LA. In the beginning, I was scared and nervous. I lived in my truck with my dogs. It helped me learn LA because I was able to be in different areas and neighborhoods and get little samples of where I wanted to live and stay. It was great to live the “LA” lifestyle without paying the “LA” price. I was able to do a lot of fun things going to concerts and was able to use my money in different ways. I would use my truck to sell at markets. It was my money maker and home, it was great!
Did you do the Bazaar Road Trip show throughout the US by yourself or have a team?
When I was shooting the show, I had a team of three, a videographer, and a friend who helped me with the store part of things with customers and the flow of things. They traveled with me from Connecticut to South By Southwest (SXSW) and Coachella. But When I decided to move here, I came by myself.
How can we support How Bazaar vintage boutique and Bazaar Road Trips ?
You can find, contact and follow me on Instagram @howbazaar.co
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