Modern day gypsies have yet to be properly defined with the plethora of new age spins on past concepts in the scenester scene. One couple, however, seems to have gotten it just right with their on the road shop and gallery space built inside a gutted and hand-reconstructed 1962 Airstream Globetrotter.
The airstream has been on the road for 2 years first under the name Grand Abandon, then, as of March 2013, Small Room Collective. Lauren, visioneer, writer, stylist and paediatric oncology RN, her partner Travis, a graphic designer, and their pup, Sir George Floyd McGee Hardy, have curated a creative, ever-rotating collection of art and apparel from artisans and artists they encounter on their travels across the U.S, including Warfield Supply, Beauchamping, Power and Light Press, Dog + Bone, and Cool Summer Records.
The magnificently merchandised 100 square foot space feels uncluttered and authentic, and like walking into the pages of a fanzine for unpretentious style, it tickles you in all the right purchasing places. The duo travel around the states popping up at festivals, markets and the sides of somewheres selling as any independent shop would, their wonderful wares. They ain’t greedy with their profits either, donating a portion of their sales towards philanthropic causes including Urban Roots Austin and Pablove Foundation.