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 00-28, and we can accommodate most styles/ specific preferences.
And We Evolve is like if Stitch Fix and a high-end consignment store had a baby.
An And We Evolve subscription saves time, saves money, and introduces you to a cool community of women.
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.
Radically honest answer: we used to accept returns when we first started and it didn’t work for us. While our clothes are in like-new condition, it’s not good practice for them to be shipped out a few times before meeting their perfect owner.
Also, we were super surprised to realize that we don’t always treat the clothes we’re returning with a lot of respect. Returns were arriving balled-up and inside-out in their return bags. We certainly didn't want to be complicit in the throwaway culture around clothes.
By sending our customers 6 pieces for a flat price, we can really take our time picking our pieces each member will love. And, by supplying extra tissue paper for members to gift any items to a friend or family member, we hope to normalize the act of sharing clothes and helping other women curate a library of clothes they love.
This is different from other subscription box models. Why can’t I return clothes?
What’s the awe style club?
The AWE Style Club allows subscribers to connect via a members-only newsletter and a members-only Slack channel. Members can connect, swap clothes, and share conversation on sustainability, fashion, and more. We are creating community around sustainable fashion, disrupting the idea that great style comes only from factory-new clothes. Once you have signed up for an annual or quarterly subscription, you will be invited to the Slack group by someone from And We Evolve, where you can begin swapping!
Here’s the deal on swapping: it’s pretty cool.
Swapping is an important part of creating a sustainable fashion eco-system. AWE facilitates a culture of swapping within its newsletter subscription base and more exclusively within the Slack Channel for the AWE Style Club (note: monthly swaps to begin November 2018)
Newsletter swapping: In the AWE weekly newsletter, we will include in the footer the following language: “Got an item to swap? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and give us all the details: the item, brand, color, and size.” Participants can email us anything they’d like to swap, and we would list it as a type of “Classifieds” in the same block. For example: “J. Crew skinny jeans, dark wash, size 28. If interested, email email@example.com.” In order to encourage a better fashion culture, this will be open to our entire newsletter list, and swappable items do not have to be from And We Evolve.
AWE Private Style Club Slack channel swapping: once per month, AWE will host a Slack Channel swap-a-thon for our members. Members can post photos of things they’d like to swap and can interact with each other to coordinate mailing. We will remind members of this via a newsletter that will go out just to them the week of the swap with all necessary information for them to sign on. The AWE Team will also give away items of clothes and other gift items from partners.