Aeronautics, princessery, and Malibu beach life were fun and all, but 9-year-old Cindy wasn’t buyin’ Barbie and her so-called Rockers.
She raided her big sister’s jewelry box and struck alt-style gold: Birdalupe accessories, befitting (and often named for) Jem and the Holograms.
She found earrings and hair clips called Stormer, Synergy, and Kimber: jagged, vivid strips of leather combined into dangly bobs. And bitchin’ necklaces made from chunks of plastic and brass.
She longed for a fake ID with which to sneak into El Bar and Graveyard Tavern to meet Birdalupe designer (and bartender) Ali Sage to get a custom piece of “outer-spaced weirdness” for herself. Sage works from clients’ bags and belts, and Cindy was ready with a stash stolen from sis.
This rip-off was a no-brainer.
Photo: Courtesy of Birdalupe