A couple of months ago, in a rare move outside of my black cardi comfort zone, I bought this cashmere cardi online at J.Crew:
It was on sale, there was some kind of further promotion that may or may not have involved free shipping (rare to Canada) and I had long admired the colour and cut of these very cardigans in action on the exquisite and (sadly) now defunct blog Orchids in Buttonholes.
When it arrived I was mildly disappointed that the colour was not quite what had been represented on-line–I was expecting a wine-dark purple and this is more grape juice than wine–but that is the nature of the beast of on-line shopping. And it is still a lovely colour. And the cut and the pearly buttons are just 50s enough to thrill me to the core. In fact, the first time I wore it, with a pencil skirt of course, one of my colleagues remarked on my Mad Men aesthetic. Dorky FTW, or so I thought.
After a single wearing, and not even a long day’s wear, there was a lot of pilling. Too much for the price tag, even the sale price tag, of the sweater. So I made enquiries at J.Crew and was told that pilling is a natural process for natural fibres.
Bullshit, J.Crew. Do you think I’m some kind of idiot? Pilling might be inevitable with natural fibres, but tightness of weave and knit in quality products should prevent pilling for some time. And this amount of pilling after one wear is unacceptable. The sweater, now a couple of months old, is so covered in pills that it looks shabby.
J.Crew has lost my custom. And not just because of this experience, though this sealed the deal. Items on the Canadian site are more expensive, apparently because the company is offloading the cost of producing a French site onto the consumer, but I am more bothered by the fact that J.Crew does not allow for customer reviews. Had I known that this sweater would pill like it did, I would not have bought it, even on sale. Little wonder that they want their customers to remain silent.
We are breaking up, J.Crew. It was a very brief fling that began with your giddy entree into the Canadian market but this Canadian is worth more than you have to offer.*
I’ve had this Golightly Cashmere hat for two years. I wear it every day of the winter and still no pilling. It’s really hard to take a picture of yourself in a hat, as it turns out.
I’ve had these Golightly Cashmere Arm Warmers for about the same amount of time. I wear them almost everyday, indoors and out. No pilling. Plus hipster cred. And warm zombie arms.
Both Amid Privilege and Passage des Perles swear by Brora and Eric Bompard. Not much more expensive than the full-price cardis at J.Crew and probably well worth the extra. I’m saving up, and waiting for the sales.
Because I’m worth it.
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* To be fair, I don’t hate this shirt.
**This is an independent endorsement. Golightly Cashmere doesn’t even know I blog. Neither does my Mum.