Picture this: You’re at the checkout line at your local Forever21. After 30 minutes in line, there’s one person left in front of you. You’re almost next. The bag on your shoulder feels like it weighs a ton, and you know what? It probably does—because you’ve stuffed it full of trendy off-the-shoulder dresses and thigh high boots for fall. The wide-brimmed hat you plan on using to accessorize? Your sweaty fingers pinch the floppy sides, and your shoulders ache.
As you empty your sack piece by piece, you wonder, ‘Do I really need this?” You follow that question with a resounding internal “Yes, duh.” It’s OK, you tell yourself, because you can always return it if you change your mind, right? And besides, you’re getting this season’s trendiest picks for a fraction of the runway cost. You feel like you are literally gaming the system. When the cashier tells you to use the chip reader you’re confused (because frankly they’re the most annoying machines to use). But, ultimately you walk away with a bag full of cheap merchandise. Two days later the heel on your thigh-high boots breaks. One month later the rest of the haul is still in it’s bag, stashed in the corner of your room. Dust collects on your wide-brimmed hat.
We’ve all been there.
Instead of buying a cheap knockoff that will somehow make it into all your classmate’s closets, let’s try something different, new and “left of centre.” Let’s try Poppy Lissiman, West Australian-born designer Poppy Lissiman stocks the coolest accessories, all of which are ethically produced—eyeballs, fluff balls and keychains galore. The fact that she has an eyewear collaboration with Lazy Oaf is surely an indication of just how cool she is.When your friends rush to the mall, break the mold and head over to Lissiman’s website for some head-turning, jaw-dropping, where-did-you-get-that looks.