The Pants King was born in 1912 in New Orleans after a caravan of gypsies swept him off the street. Eventually, he broke away to start his own caravan, “Le Pants King and the Traveling Spectacular,” from which he peddles his vintage clothing on Boston streets.
The Pants King is really Justin Pomerleau — a 24-year-old from Allston who created his character and start-up mobile clothing shop last August. Pomerleau peers into his stand-up mirror on the edge of Union Square as he finishes putting on eyeliner and transforming into The Pants King. Just over 5 feet tall, with messy blond hair, a small frame, and wearing a flower-printed vest and black cutoffs pants, he looks like a true gypsy.