DC, VA, MD: Fashion Trucks are Trending (But Not In DC)

Lia Lee’s fashion truck, Street Boutique, serves the trendy Arlington neighborhoods of Clarendon, Ballston and Crystal City in Northern Virginia. She offers stylish, eclectic clothing and jewelry out of her state-of-the-art fashion truck. Think boutique with wheels.

 Lia Lee, owner of Street Boutique
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But her boutique with wheels can’t operate on public property in DC. Her fashion truck – and every other fashion truck in DC – exceeds the maximum length the city permits.

Take action now: Tell the DC City Council to get with it. Fashion trucks are spreading throughout the country and DC has an opportunity to embrace this exciting new trend.
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Nearby areas like Fairfax County in Virginia and Prince George’s County in Maryland—less than a 30-minute drive away from DC—refuse to consider new legislation for fashion trucks.

For the time being, Lia and the other members of the DC Fashion Truck Association, an association of D.C.-based fashion-truck entrepreneurs who joined together to strengthen their voice, operate mainly in Arlington County, Va. There they are allowed to legally park on public streets and can secure a permit for $500, with an annual $40 renewal fee.

Lia is one of three hundred fashion trucks operating throughout the country, a number that has swelled from just a few dozen in the last two years. Lia’s wares range from reversible leather bags to colorful dresses to sweaters than can be dressed up for drinks after work. Her truck also has a private dressing room, so you can try before you buy.

Fashion trucks are a hot new trend that ought to be embraced. Burdensome laws, like the ones Lia faces, should go out of style.

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