Eileen Fisher recycled plaited cashmere box top | $398
Eileen Fisher round neck oversized top in recycled cashmere | $398 at Eileen Fisher
Eileen Fisher recycled cashmere/recycled wool blend scarf | $168
(pre-order at Nordstrom)
Eileen Fisher lofty recycled cashmere blend sweater | $448 at Nordstrom
I played around with the recycled cashmere at Eileen Fisher yesterday at the store here in Winter Park and it’s really wonderful. Quite an investment, still, but beautifully made and an luxurious way to recycle, if I may say so. Here in Florida they don’t have a huge cashmere/sweater selection as it stays rather warm through the winter for cashmere, but they did have the box sweater and a scarf.
I also inspected the undyed seamless cashmere sweater (charcoal version – not undyed – at Nordstrom) and it is exquisite. I talked with the sales associate and she mentioned that they try very hard to minimize the seaming, which also minimizes waste. And you can tell looking at the sweater that every effort was made to economize on thread used for seaming, and actually avoid seams (there have to be some) as much as possible. Then, when there is waste, they clip it and use it to make the recycled cashmere scarves.
I really admire everything Eileen Fisher does to advance sustainability in the fashion industry, and appreciate that they’re now displaying signs in their windows explaining as much; that we have a choice when buying clothes, and should understand the consequences of those choices. The price point for many people is still a hard sell, but again, it comes down to “better” over “more” and choosing that tradeoff: 4 Everlane cashmere sweaters or 1 Eileen Fisher?