Eugene regular, Charise Cheney, is always a fashion inspiration. African/ethnic prints are her go-to, and she describes her style as funky/urban and a little polished. She moved to Eugene from Ithaca, New York in 2009 to work as an ethnic studies professor for the University of Oregon. A new mom at the time, she struggled with her personal style during this new phase in her life. While exploring her new town, she wandered into Buffalo Exchange, where she found the inspiration she was looking for. Buffalo gave her a place to “play dress up,” and finding one-of-a-kind pieces helped her rediscover her style. Erykah Badu and Solange are huge inspirations for Charise; she loves the way they blend African and western aesthetics to create new genres. Some of Charise’s favorite Buffalo finds include a long, yellow printed vintage dress and a black oversized blazer with asymmetrical cutouts. Charise now has four children with her husband (who happens to be an acrobat!). We are happy to be a part of her journey, and can’t wait to see what she wears next!