Zady wool sweater (gift for review) | size medium, sourced & made in the USA, use code GRECHEN15 for 15% off
Madewell oversized shirt | size small
Goldsign virtual high-rise jeans | size 29
Everlane loafers (gift for review) | mine are black – on waitlist – but midnight is a nice color
3.1 Phillip Lim large ryder satchel | on sale in mahogany at Forzieri for $630 and in black croc-embossed at SSENSE for $598 (soooo good!)
Warby Parker Webb frames
I received a wonderful gift in the mail Tuesday – which coincidentally was also the first night of Hanukkah (although we don’t really celebrate) – the wool sweater from Zady. They were kind enough to send me one to review, and I’m SO pleased with it, although it’s probably time for me to start ordering smalls in tops – I do think this is a bit big on me. But it also doesn’t help I’m wearing an oversized shirt underneath, which makes it bunch up a little, without such a big shirt, it’s a little more streamlined looking!
I don’t want to compare Everlane and Zady necessarily, but I can’t really help it, now that Zady has proven that the 100% sourced and made in the USA model WORKS. Yes, their wool sweater costs about twice as much as Everlane’s, which is made in China, but that’s pretty typical. Are we willing to pay twice as much for the story? Are we willing to pay twice as much to keep everything “local,” and support independent farmers/sewers in the US? That’s a question we have to decide for ourselves. Even though I didn’t pay for the sweater, I am generally willing to pay more for made in the US if I have to because it’s important to me (if you like Everlane’s t-shirts, though, you don’t HAVE to pay more), and I have the means to do so.
Anyway, made in the US/made in China isn’t as cut and dry as it seems either. Everlane has been transparent with regard to their manufacturing practices, and the factories they work with in China (their Black Friday fund raised more than $100,000 to build out recreation areas for their workers), which makes me more comfortable buying their made in China items. And ultimately, providing GOOD jobs to workers in China who want them is something that benefits all of us.
It’s the overall company that matters here, not ONLY where garments are produced, in my opinion, and both Zady and Everlane are doing the right thing. In a sea of fast fashion and over-consumption, Zady wants us to slow down and appreciate the story behind the things we buy, which resonates with me, and I know with many of you as well. I’m excited to see where they take their new brand next, and am so grateful to work with them and do my small part to help support them on their journey.
A few more details on the sweater: besides it being slightly big on me, it’s supposed to be just a little boyfriend-y, with the dropped sleeves and longer length, which I always appreciate. The wool is a bit itchy at first, but in general, I wear long sleeve shirts under sweaters like this (a silk button-front or cami would be nice too), so it doesn’t bother me. The wool is superior quality and a very nice medium-weight which I think makes it better for layering under coats.
Overall, again, I’m very pleased with it. I love the texture of the wool, and the sweater in general, but I will admit, I’m also in love with the story and the process. Read more about that at Zady, and get one for yourself for 15% off when you use code GRECHEN15.
Did anyone else order one of Zady’s new sweaters? What did you think?