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Courtesy of Alexandra Archibald
Courtesy of Alexandra Archibald

Meet the Girl Selling Vintage From an RV on Bedford Avenue

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Jill Di Donato
Fashion Editor
Updated: 26 April 2017

“My whole life is a throwback,” says Alexandra Archibald, the former hair and wardrobe stylist who sells #VintageForBabes for her shop Petite Tenue, out of a 1972 Airstream Land Yacht. Most days, you can find her on North 6th and Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn spinning hits from Brigitte Bardot, Patsy Cline, and Dolly Parton on a hi-fi. So what vintage looks does Archibald love for Spring 2017? And what makes Brooklyn babes the most stylish of all the New York boroughs?

Archibald found her RV in upstate New York, and it took her four months to renovate it into her mobile vintage shop. In fact, you can catch the story of Archibald’s RV renovation on HDTV’s Tiny House Hunters, airing on May 8.

Courtesy of Alexandra Archibald

Courtesy of Alexandra Archibald

Her mobile pop-up is more than kitsch-cool, it’s super functional. “I don’t have a large overhead, so I can keep prices low.” Her collection of vintage finds are highly curated, and as she says, “priced about three times lower than at most Brooklyn vintage stores.” In back of the RV, find a fitting room for your shopping convenience (there’s also a mini-kitchen, pull out bed, and bathroom for when Archibald is on the road, as she plans to take her mobile pop-up to Chicago, Wisconsin, Minneapolis, Oregon, and California). You can also shop online through her Instagram account, Petite Tenue Vintage Shop.

Archibald gravitates mostly to 1960s and ’70s mod. “I love Twiggy. I love a shift mini-dress. I love ’70s bell bottoms, crop tops, and platforms and wedges.”

Spring/Summer 17′ trends according to Petite Tenue

 

“I’m obsessed with a 1950s two-piece playsuit and I love vintage bathing suits. They are so flattering. You can wear them as a bodysuit or to the pool. Also, skorts—skorts are so cool.

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“Obviously, I’m loving Rodarte and Gucci because of the heavy ’70s influence.”

“Mix in something vintage with your modern wardrobe staples. I never suggest wearing a full era at once.”

Finally, Archibald says her RV with vintage wares is perfect for Brooklyn because, “Brooklyn people take fashion risks. Brooklyn goes for it in a way other areas don’t, which makes the whole venture so much fun.”