This past semester, I took a class called “Why Science Matters”. The class explored current topics in the media that are being fiercely debated on political and social platforms. Students were asked to write a paper on an environmental problem that was closely tied to personal interests. As a lifestyle blogger with a focus on fashion, I chose to study the problem of textile waste and its global impact.
While much of my research uncovered fast fashion companies that use the lowest quality materials to produce the cheapest priced items (that are often made to wear just once before disposal), I also discovered brands that are striving to create sustainable, high-quality apparel.
Quince is one of those brands.
I had seen ads for Quince on Instagram, but I scrolled by reels assuming that cashmere and silk couldn’t possibly cost less than $50 without reason. My closet is built upon good quality basics that can be worn for years with careful treatment – but it has been expensive to say the least. With price in mind, I decided to give Quince a try by ordering a $50 cashmere V-neck sweater in a sky-blue color.
On its website, Quince writes that the company strives to design and sell clothing in a socially responsible manner. The company mission is simple: Develop luxury items at a much lower price without doing environmental harm in the process. Manufacturing and marketing methods are also transparent. Items are factory direct, which means that apparel is designed, constructed, marketed, sold, and shipped from one location. This saves money for the company and the client. This is why (and how) you are able to order a $50 cashmere sweater.
Quince appears to be doing everything right. But…how about that sweater?
Simply put: It’s perfect.
The Mongolian Cashmere V-neck Sweater is blanket-soft, and it holds its shape well after a day of wearing. I purchased a size small, which still provides enough material for a half-tucked style. The pastel shade of sky blue is also perfect for Spring… much like a quince branch that blooms this time of year.
My first Quince purchase will not be my last! I’m eager to order tee-shirt dresses for summer, and of course, more perfectly priced cashmere.
For more information on Quince, visit the website, or through my LTK page.