*This post was generously sponsored by Eight & Sand. I received a fee for my photography, writing, and access to my audience and received free product. All opinions are, as always, honestly mine.*
Inspired by heritage craftsmanship and an old railroad saying that values simplicity and ease, Eight & Sand embodies a chill California style that hipsters and techies alike have adopted. These basic tees, button downs, hoodies and lounge-worthy bottoms are built for those who crave simplicity and function. Eight & Sand creates every item from high-quality materials sourced from countries with rigorous labor laws and produces their pieces with small, family owned manufacturers in California. Eight & Sand has set out on a mission to not only highlight quality and craft but to also revolutionize the idea of fit. By breaking down the size chart and putting a little more work in the customers' hands, Eight & Sand hopes to refine the fit of their garments in a way that takes the guesswork out of shopping (with them at least).
Vibe: California casual
Customer age: 25 - 40
Price range: $50 - $200
Sustainability practices: Eight & Sand puts an emphasis on high-quality materials, making for a longer lasting garment and therefore less waste in the fashion cycles. Many items are made from organic cotton.
Ethical practices: All materials are sourced from countries with rigorous labor laws. All manufacturing is in California, USA.
Quality: 4/5 stars
A button flew off on my second wear, but everything else has held up through the past two months.
Sizing: 2.5/5 stars
Unfortunately, in this area that the company focuses on so strongly, I had the most issues. I entered my measurements as requested and had relative success with the assigned size of my henley, but less so with my button down. Based on a degree in fashion design and years of menswear experience, I think that the company should have asked for my shoulder and neck measurements in addition to those for my chest, waist and arm length in order to get the fit exactly right. Their system of taking measurements to define fit also does not account for your personal style, ie whether you prefer to wear your clothing fitted or a bit more loosely.
Where to buy: Online
All images by Sabrina Chun.