because your closet needs some quirky cartoon fun.

by liza darwin

Late August usually means hours spent trekking through Staples stocking up on pencils, Post-Its, and more notebooks than we'll ever use. And while that's definitely one kind of back-to-school shopping, there's another late-summer surprise in store that's way more thrilling.

Giles Deacon is teaming up with Nine West on a capsule collection of shoes and accessories available just in time for fall. The Brit designer, who's known for his playful creations (hey, he even based an entire collection on Pac Man in 2008!) has stamped his signature style on funky flats, suede wedges and chunky boots. But our favorite part of the line is Eek, the cartoon character and collection mascot featured on the jewelry, laptop cases, and totes.

See a sneak peek of the collection below, and mark your calendar for August, when you can shop it in person (after your annual school supply trip, of course).