* Everlane is committed to radical transparency
* The company creates quality clothing that will survive the test of time
* These staples will match everything in your closet for any occasion
For wardrobe staples that will last decades, there’s no better brand to shop than Everlane. This clothing company makes quality clothes using radical transparency. Let us explain what that means.
First and foremost, Everlane is dedicated to making clothes using an ethical approach. All Everlane factories around the world must pass a test concerning fair wages, reasonable hours and environment. In addition, for every product you buy on the Everlane website, you can see where it was made and read a brief introduction to the factory.
In addition, the modern company doesn’t hide the manufacturer’s cost. For each item, you can see exactly how much the company paid to have that product made. Compare this to the retail price and you’ll notice a markup of 200 to 300%. That’s far less than the average markup of five to six times the manufacturing cost.
But this ethical approach is all just a bonus when you consider the quality of Everlane clothing. Not a brand to be particularly influenced by fashion, Everlane pieces will remain in your closet for decades. They match with practically everything and each item can be used for a variety of occasions, from lounging around the house to a night out with friends. These six Everlane staples might cost a bit more than your average sweater, purse or boots, but you can feel good about how they’re made, and you’ll wear them forever.
1. The Cashmere Rib Round Crew
For a cozy, fall sweater, look no further than the Cashmere Rib Round Crew. This gorgeous piece will match just about anything in your wardrobe. Match it with jeans for a lazy fall afternoon or pull it over a longer dress for a day at the office. The relaxed fit top is made from 100% Mongolian cashmere. Thanks to its durability and comfort, this sweater will quickly become a regular part of your wardrobe.
2. The Day Market Tote
A favorite of girl-next-door-turned-duchess Meghan Markle, the Day Market Tote is a great carry-all. Made in Florence from 100% Italian leather, the structured tote is roomy enough for all your essentials, from your wallet and makeup to your laptop and charger. It also makes a great carry-on bag for travel, too.
Duchess Meghan was spotted carrying the tote at last year’s Invictus Games. While it doesn’t appear that she’s brought the Everlane bag along to this year’s competition, we wouldn’t be surprised to see her sporting a different Everlane fashion soon.
3. The Boss Boot
According to Everlane, “Boss isn’t a title. It’s a state of mind.” The fashion company certainly wants to put you in the boss state of mind with the appropriately named Boss Boot. Made from 100% Italian leather sourced from Tuscany, these ankle boots for women boast a bold pointed toe with no-nonsense accents. We love the silver side zipper that gives the boots a leather jacket edge. Whether you’re wearing the Boss Boot on a night out or to an important meeting, these boots will give you confidence from the toes up.
4. The 365 Fleece Crew
A garment you can wear 365 days a year, this fleece crew for men is made from 11-ounce brushed cotton with a smooth finish on the outside. Outstandingly comfortable, the plush, soft feel on the inside will make you want to wear this top all day. Every man should have a classic sweatshirt in his closet, and this Everlane staple fits the bill. Plus, the quality shirt is priced at just $50, a bargain considering how much use you’ll get from this piece.
5. The Slim Fit Jean
Can we just take a moment to gush about Everlane’s denim creation process? Making denim is notoriously bad for the environment. It takes a massive amount of water and then produces a toxic byproduct known as sludge. Plus, the washing and drying processes rely on huge amounts of energy. At Saitex, the Everlane denim factory, they rely on a water recycling process to cut water usage by 99%. They also use renewable energy and innovative procedures for drying and washing. Plus, a nearby factory uses the inevitable toxic sludge to create bricks for low-cost housing, thus preventing the waste from seeping into the environment. How cool is that?
Try out this environmentally friendly denim for yourself by investing in the Slim Fit Jean. Made from Japanese denim, this jean is slim through the hip and thigh with a tapered leg. This pair of fashionable jeans is available in five different washes.
6. The Cashmere Crew
Soft and supple, the Cashmere Crew for men is made from the warmest Inner Mongolian cashmere. The result is a sweater that’s extremely durable and without pills. As an added bonus, it gets softer with every wear. The timeless style of the crewneck sweater has definitely received an upgrade in this Everlane staple.