We don’t know much Cynthia Lu, the founder of Cactus Plant Flea Market, because Lu, a former Complex intern who worked with Pharrell Williams on Billionaire Girls Club and i am OTHER, has kept a very low profile. But from the looks of her weird and trippy line, we get the sense that Lu has a unique perspective, which is always welcome in streetwear. Lu makes T-shirts and hoodies featuring bold puff print lettering, melting smiley face logos, off kilter placements and large embroidery that distinguishes her pieces from other lines. These psychedelic and unconventional graphics have appealed to some of the most influential men in style, including A$AP Rocky, Travis Scott, Kanye West, and of course Skateboard P. Lu even produced merch for Kanye West and Kid Cudi’s 2018 collaborative album, Kids See Ghosts—a hoodie from the collection that retailed for $175 last sold on Stockx for $405. The popularity of the busy designs has led to collaborations with Human Made, Stussy, and Nike. Lu has designed her own version of the Air VaporMax 2019 and covered it in CPFM signatures including a smiley face and “Just Do It” splashed across the shoe in her typical font of choice. Her aesthetic has helped make trippy, tie-dye-infused design language trendy, a space also occupied by other brands like Advisory Board Crystals and Online Ceramics. To this point, the product has remained elusive to some because it’s released in very small bursts and sells out quickly, but it’s certainly worth keeping up with if abstract, rare styles pique your interest.

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