The StyleLiner Experience
by ATFDC Photographer Lauren Bulbin
Walking towards the StyleLiner, I felt my inner shopaholic swoon. I never thought a store on wheels could have so many tantalizingly wonderful treasures. The Styleliner bus is the kind of place where you can spend a couple of hours getting lost in your favorite fashions. Hidden in drawers, stashed in corners, and literally everywhere, is a treasure trove of insanely gorgeous goodies.
When I stepped up the stairs of the StyleLiner bus, I couldn’t help but think how strange it was to be boarding a bus in order to shop. If you had told me a few years ago that I would be shopping in a store that travels, I might have considered you certifiable. But entering the bus, it immediately hit me what all the fuss is about. In the time I spent on the bus, I was mesmerized! I saw things I loved and wanted every time I turned my head, and every look at every corner revealed a new prize. It was not the experience I thought it was going to be. It was ten times better. I was dizzy with excitement. The statement pieces by designers from across the world, nestled in a traveling shopaholic’s daydream, could practically invoke a state of comatose.
Of the many eclectic, trendy designers on the bus, I was taken and enamored with two in particular: Mysuelly, a designer who makes mouth-wateringly soft leather color block bags; and Dassios, a former costume designer for the opera from Athens, Greece who makes gorgeous embellished jackets. I fell head over heels for an embellished denim jacket, covered along the lapel in huge rhinestones, tribal elements and knock-your-socks-off colors. The StyleLiner also carries a vast array of jewelry, handbags, accessories and shoes. Some of these are by designers you may not recognize, but they are definitely designers you’ll love.
The shopping experience at the StyleLiner is not one I will soon forget, and it definitely is worth some checking out if you haven’t already. The bus will be parked in Washington until June 17th, at the corner of M and Wisconsin on Thursdays through Sundays from 11am to 7pm, and in Dupont Circle at 20th and P Streets on Wednesdays.