In college, I spent years buying fast fashion and blowing money on the hottest trends. I purchased lots of cheap clothing, wore it just a few times, and then eventually donated it. Sound familiar? Maybe it’s a “growing older” thing, but I began to invest in slightly more expensive clothing and buying less. And when I say invest, I don’t mean spending hundreds of dollars. Just a little more than $20 for a top that’s meant to last for seasons, if not years. I found myself looking at what I actually wear every day, and finding that most of my most-loved clothing came from the same few stores.
However, with my recent trip and the need to save for a wedding (!!), I’ve been trying to reduce my spending. And it’s hard. But then, I heard about GRANA. Similar to everlane, GRANA offers wardrobe staples made with premium fabrics at affordable prices. Considering my wardrobe consists of black, white, and grey, I thought that affordable, luxurious basics sounds right up my alley. To be honest, I was a little reluctant at first. I’m not sure what exactly it is, but I just haven’t jumped on that everlane bandwagon yet. However, I went to check out the store, just to see what they’re all about.
Located in the Marina district of San Francisco, the pop-up is hosted in a cute little shop on the corner of Union and Webster. I was immediately taken with the design of the space. Bright, airy wood and decor provided a nice, blank canvas for the colors of the clothes to really shine. Lots of cute little details, including quirky animal coat hooks in the dressing room!
Based in Hong Kong, GRANA sources fabrics from all over the world— cotton from Peru, chambray from Japan, cashmere from Mongolia… The list continues. As someone who values textures, I definitely felt up all the different fabrics. My favorites were by far the cashmere and the chambray shirts.
One really standout quality of GRANA is their shipping policy. They ship worldwide and in two business days. TWO BUSINESS DAYS. I can attest to this. I ended up picking a top, ordered it on Wednesday and had it in my hands by Friday. Pretty impressive.
But… More about the top. I went with the oversized, long sleeve top in white and blue stripes. I love how it gives nod to classic French-girl style, but with a boyfriend-inspired twist. In fact, I loved it so much and got two. I probably shouldn’t admit this in on the interwebs but I ended up wearing them three days in a row during the Christmas weekend. It matches everything!
Really loving the packaging. It’s all about the details. Cute little santa hat in the logo, bow packaging for the holidays, and a nice little handwritten note.
Here I am wearing my new favorite outfit— GRANA striped shirt, slouchy sweater and jeans, and trying to look cool but failing miserably. I did it for you guys though, so you could see what the shirt looks like. It’s all for you.
If you’re down to get some sweet new basics at wallet-friendly prices, check out GRANA! I think next, I will pick up their silk tank dress or a chambray shirt.