The Edit: Going Big with Small Mobile Retail Carts

Short-term retail is not just for small businesses anymore. What started as a way for the boutique shops to create a affordable, one-time experience for their following, has rolled into a golden opportunity for big business as well. Basically, these "pop-ups", don't seem to be popping down anytime soon.

Fine by us. We're continually inspired by the creative ingenuity of the brands who craft tiny outposts to house their mobile stores. Some are vintage-styled and quaint, while others are innovative and modular, but mostly all of them are on wheels! A brands gotta get around - right? We queued up our favorite mobile retail carts because sometimes, thinking big, doesn't always need to be so big. 

  Agence Marie Deroudilhe's  wooden booth at Madeleines, designed for Michelin-starred chef  Akrame Benallal . Photography by  Julie Ansiau .

Agence Marie Deroudilhe's wooden booth at Madeleines, designed for Michelin-starred chef Akrame Benallal. Photography by Julie Ansiau.

 Under the direction of  Bureau A , students of the  Geneva University of Art and Design  have completed a mobile exhibition set of modules – with a fully sized realization of the kitchen concept.

Under the direction of Bureau A, students of the Geneva University of Art and Design have completed a mobile exhibition set of modules – with a fully sized realization of the kitchen concept.

 Installation for ‘Design Fete’ — a part of AGDA’s State of Design Festival. No-Name carnival food stall designed by  Maythorpe .

Installation for ‘Design Fete’ — a part of AGDA’s State of Design Festival. No-Name carnival food stall designed by Maythorpe.

  Wheelys Cafe's  are bicycle carts that provide coffee for a mobile generation on the move.

Wheelys Cafe's are bicycle carts that provide coffee for a mobile generation on the move.

 Eki.Truck designed by  Estelle Vincent  for  Ekimetrics . Photography is by  Arnaud Schelstraete .

Eki.Truck designed by Estelle Vincent for Ekimetrics. Photography is by Arnaud Schelstraete.

  The Woolmark Company  partners with  ECAL  and Mover to present 'In Wool We Trust', a  Woolcandy  cart designed by  Carolien Niebling .

The Woolmark Company partners with ECAL and Mover to present 'In Wool We Trust', a Woolcandy cart designed by Carolien Niebling.

Retail cart pop-up inspiration
 The pretzel makers over at  Sigmund's  sell their bread goods from this quaint little cart.

The pretzel makers over at Sigmund's sell their bread goods from this quaint little cart.

 Mobile cake shop,  Pompon Cakes , scoots around Kamakura in a thin black cart with a branded canopy.

Mobile cake shop, Pompon Cakes, scoots around Kamakura in a thin black cart with a branded canopy.

 Kitchen by Mike on Wheels. Image: Ashley Jones

Kitchen by Mike on Wheels. Image: Ashley Jones

 COS Pop-up Store designed by Chmara.Rosinke

COS Pop-up Store designed by Chmara.Rosinke

 Big company - small cart! Even large fashion houses, such as  Chanel , understands the importance of being mobile.

Big company - small cart! Even large fashion houses, such as Chanel, understands the importance of being mobile.