Have you guys heard of Quince? It’s a new clothing brand that cuts out the middleman and offers affordable basics sourced directly from the factory. If you immediately thought Everlane…yeah — Quince is similar. Both brands are committed to transparent manufacturing and pricing models, and both are trying to take on sustainable practices while keeping costs low — a complicated endeavor (with mixed results).
Like Everlane, Quince uses a mix of sustainable fabrics and not-so-sustainable fabrics, and both companies have additional sustainability goals they are hoping to achieve in the next few years. True transparency? Well…that’s a little more complicated, but I applaud the efforts.
Quince: Seriously Good Cashmere Sweaters Under $100
While I’d like to see Quince do something more concrete in the sustainability realm, there’s no doubt that the one area where Quince is absolutely killing it is cashmere.
Quince’s cashmere, depending on the sweater, runs from about $50 – $64 per piece, which, comparatively, is an insanely affordable price. Frankly, I had assumed that Quince cashmere must be low-quality, terrible stuff (it had to be??!!??)…but then was baffled by the hundreds of 5-star reviews.
So. I ordered some.
How Does Quince Compare To More Expensive Cashmere Sweaters?
It’s, um….GOOD. Shockingly, I’d even describe it as really good — especially for the price.
The fabric itself — the actual quality of the cashmere itself — is great. The cashmere is on the thinner side, but soft and warm and drapey. But the other reason I’m so impressed with Quince is because this brand has been getting all of the little details right. For example, the sleeves on their cashmere sweaters are longer than comparable cashmere sweaters, and there tends to be more room in the body — so one can get a slouchy fit by sizing up. Quince has not been skimping on design elements.
Quince cashmere is not, however, thick and luxurious cashmere. These (insanely) affordable cashmere sweaters don’t compete with the uber-thick sweaters carried by Naadam, Jenni Kayne or Naked cashmere. But neither does it come with their $300 price tags. Quince cashmere easily competes with J.Crew cashmere, Halogen cashmere or Everlane cashmere. It even competes with my favorite cashmere under $100, Naadam’s $75 cashmere sweater.
NOTE: For each of those links above, I linked to my current favorite sweaters from their collections…so you can see exactly which sweaters I’m using as a point of comparison.
Furthermore, Quince’s colors are beautiful, and the sweaters wash well (cold, in a mesh bag, delicate cycle, lay flat to dry).
Quince’s Mongolian Cashmere Crew (wearing a size small) is one of my favorite pieces ordered. It’s the perfect light neutral and the fit, as I mentioned above, is just slouchy enough. It’s also thin enough to tuck, if I ever want to do that.
Now THIS, Quince’s Mongolian Shrunken Cashmere Sweatshirt, is a fun piece. The fit is intended to be a shrunken fit, but still retain some of the boyishness of a sweatshirt. I think Quince nails it. Comes in a ton of colors, too.
Quince’s Mongolian Cashmere Turtleneck is a standard black turtleneck that I was trying to find (unsuccessfully) at Naadam. It’s a classic cut, a little longer in the body, and, again, has sleeves that fit (without feeling like they’ve skimped on fabric).
On our team call the other day, both Lex and Gwen looked gorgeous in (accidentally) matching red turtlenecks…so now that’s all I can think about.
Bottom line? Quince cashmere is definitely worth the price. These pieces are shockingly well-made, the cashmere is thin, but high-quality, and they only gets softer with each wash. Personally, I’m hoping that Quince starts making kids’ clothes…both of my boys have recently discovered my cashmere sweaters (so cozy! so soft!) and, at $64, it’s worth picking up another for Raines.
And, Quince has free shipping and 365-day returns…so if I convinced you yet…