- Value: 20/20
- Fit: 17/20
- Quality: 19/20
- Aesthetics: 19/20
- Brand Transparency: 17/20
- TOTAL: 92/100
What was once the Naadam Essential $75 sweater has now become the Original Sweater after the brand increased the price to $98. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be much explanation for the price increase, but I will say that despite the price hike, this sweater is still worth every penny. I’ve owned this sweater for almost two years and wear it regularly throughout fall and winter (and sometimes even spring), and it still looks and feels as nice as the day it arrived on my doorstep. The cashmere, which is ethically sourced from Mongolia, is shockingly luxe. I expected this to be a fairly thin sweater, given the price tag, but it feels really plush and the light hue (I own the camel color) isn’t at all see through.
The fit is also surprisingly flattering—not too baggy, not too tight—and has a good length in both the torso and arms. Naadam suggests ordering the Original Sweater one size larger than your usual for the best fit, and I have to agree. I got a large, when I typically wear a size medium, and while I do think the medium would have fit well, I prefer the looser silhouette of a large. It also makes it easier to layer things underneath.
Back to the Mongolian cashmere, since its launch, Naadam has been very transparent about where and how it sources its materials and offers up information on its website. On each product page, there is a note indicating where the materials originated from. Unlike Quince, Naadam’s cashmere is machine washable—although you should skip the dryer and lay your knit flat to dry. Of course, hand washing is best, but for those in a rush, as long as you use cold water and a gentle detergent, your sweater should come out of the washer looking good as new.
I will admit, I find myself reaching for my Naadam Essential cashmere knit more often than my Quince sweater, as it appears to have maintained that glorious softness a bit better over time and because I know it won’t necessitate a trip to the dry cleaners or an afternoon spent hand washing.
- Size Range: XXS to XXL
- Material: 100 percent cashmere
- Fit: classic long-sleeve crewneck
- Care: machine washable on gentle cycle or dry clean; lay flat to dry