This is cool. What exactly is And We Evolve?
And We Evolve is an online store, online subscription service, and in-person wardrobe-sharing membership service for women in the greater Philadelphia area (with membership opening to the online community summer 2018). Every woman has clothes in her closet she no longer wears (or perhaps has never worn). What if instead of buying more, we took care of what we already owned, borrowed or rented what we wanted to try, and bought only what we loved? These are the founding questions behind And We Evolve.
And We Evolve is co-founded by Liz Funk and Alisha Ebling. Before co-founding And We Evolve, Liz was a marketing strategist for early stage startup companies, and wrote about entrepreneurship and women in business for publications like Fast Company, the Economist, and Creator, the online magazine about entrepreneurship published by WeWork. Alisha is a writer and photographer with a background in nonprofit fundraising. She is active in Philadelphia's environmental advocacy community. Liz and Alisha met at a Girl Develop It class in Philadelphia and learned that they both wanted to launch secondhand clothing companies.
Is your space open to the public?
Yes. We are open by appointment on Fridays and Saturdays at our showroom in Port Richmond. You can contact us to make an appointment to shop. Individuals and private shopping parties are both welcome.
How does shopping #REVOLVED have an environmental impact?
Each year, individuals in the U.S. dispose of 15 millions tons of clothes. Your purchase helps keep beautiful clothes and accessories from ending up in our landfills or sold in offshore markets (which is where many unsold thrift store donations end up), and begins to curb the negative impact of fast fashion.
I hear people using the term "Fast Fashion" and I don't fully understand what that means.
That's fair! 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. Fast fashion is produced inexpensively and sold inexpensively, with costs being transferred in other ways; fast fashion is usually produced in third world countries and puts great strain on 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.
Can I return an item?
And We Evolve strives to curate a collection of only the best revolved apparel. At this time, we do not offer returns.
What is your shipping policy?
And We Evolve offers free shipping, always.