Frequently Asked Questions
this is cool. what exactly is and we evolve?
And We Evolve is a subscription box service for secondhand clothing in like-new condition. The AWE Box, our monthly/quarterly subscription box, is available in sizes 00-20.
And We Evolve is like if Stitch Fix and a high-end consignment store had a baby.
And We Evolve subscription saves time, saves money, and gives you access to unique clothes you wouldn’t find elsewhere.
And We Evolve is owned and operated by a small but mighty team of women in Philadelphia. (Do you miss “the old” New York/ San Francisco/ Los Angeles/ Austin/ Denver/ Portland? Come join us in Philadelphia, where the rents are affordable enough that young women with an idea can rent a big, bright loft in a warehouse and start an environmentally friendly fashion company.)
How does a secondhand clothing subscription box have an environmental impact?
Each year, Americans throw away 15 millions tons of clothes. Worse yet, when we donate clothes to "charity," they end up becoming "textile waste." Goodwill is only able to sell 12% of the clothes on its store floors.
And We Evolve acquires clothes through going to clothing swaps, tag sales, estate sales, and thrift stores; we also accept donations of clothing in excellent condition.
And when you sign up for a subscription box from And We Evolve, you are helping make good use of the perfectly lovely clothes that already exist— and you gain killer style by doing so.
I hear people using the term "fast fashion," but i don't really understand what that means.
That's fair! Here’s a fun analogy: remember 10 years ago, when we thought eating Lean Pockets and Lean Cuisines was a good way to be healthy? Now, picture today’s smoothie bowls, cauliflower rice, and gluten-free pizza. In 10 years, odds are pretty good we’ll be as woke about our fashion as we are about our food.
One easy way to make positive changes in your wardrobe is to wear more secondhand clothing, and buy less factory-new clothes.
The term "fast fashion" refers to a common form of rapidly producing and selling clothes to constantly spark new trends.
Exhibit A: the weeklyish turnover of styles in H&M and Forever 21, and the way clothes at LOFT or the Gap start at once price, and are furiously marked down over the course of three weeks, making way for new styles.
Fast fashion is produced inexpensively and sold inexpensively; it’s in retailers interest to get us used to the idea of a $15 dress or a $39.99 blazer. We wear it a few times and we start the process over again.
Fast fashion is usually produced by our fellow humans working in grim conditions in third world countries. The factories they work in—and the amount of water/ pesticides/dye/fuel needed to make fabric, then make clothes, and then ship those clothes from Asia to America—is insanely damaging to the environment.
If you're in the mood for a great read, consider Elizabeth Cline's book Overdressed: the Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion.
If you can handle a heaaaaaaavy documentary, The True Cost (on Netflix!) interviews the factory workers in Bangladesh where a substantial portion of American clothes are made.