Pink merino wool sweater by Siizu

All photos by Lydia Hudgens

This post is generously sponsored by SiiZU. As always, EcoCult only works with companies we believe are making the world a better place. Support EcoCult by supporting them!  It's not like I needed another sweater. I have a row of dark grey, light grey, pebbled grey, white, and black sweaters lined up on my closet shelf, KonMari style. But when I slipped this soft sweater over my head and looked at myself in the mirror, I realized with a feeling as warm as the blush merino wool softly folded around my neck, it's one of those pieces that you don't know is a favorite until it is.
Affordable sustainable sweater by Siizu - only $90!

Leggings from IMBY, the online, minimalist capsule wardrobe store. Shoes by Nisolo.

That's what all the pieces from the new fashion brand SiiZU are like. Silk dresses and blouses, cashmere and merino wool sweaters that come in all the flattering shapes you need, tees in all sleeve lengths, too – it's like Everlane moved out of a crammed downtown apartment and into a luxurious SoHo loft... that's rent controlled. Sorry, is that metaphor too dense? What I'm trying to say is that SiiZU has all the silhouettes you need, in luxurious iterations that don't cut corners, for excellent prices. Just compare the eco-friendly pictured sweater to Everlane's similar but not eco-friendly one. The former has a more flattering cut, and is $40 cheaper! Affordable sustainable sweater by Siizu - only $90! SiiZU only uses fabrics that are 100% organic and eco-friendly, with no polyester or toxins whatsoever. There's Italian merino wool, Inner Mongolian cashmere, Chinese silk, Japanese Tencel, and Japanese linen. The silk, for example, is imported from a factory in Suzhou, the famous silk city in China, which supplies Max Mara, Alexander Wang, and other luxury labels. To offset its use of Tencel, an eco-friendly textile made from wood pulp, SiiZU donates to American Forest, to help it reach its goal of planting 2.7 million trees across 44 projects nationally this year. As for manufacturing, the sourcing team intentionally keeps the fabric manufacturers and garment factories close to each other in order to minimize SiiZU's carbon footprint. The merino wool and cashmere sweaters are all sourced and manufactured within Inner Mongolia, while the silk dresses are all manufactured within Suzhou. Plus, to minimize waste, their design and pattern making team utilizes the fabric to its full potential, minimizing waste. And beginning in this fall, they switched their packaging from a poly bag to recyclable paper bag. Affordable eco-friendly sweater by Siizu - only $90! I'm so excited to welcome SiiZU to my stable of favorite, sustainable brands, especially since it's so affordable. Now you can stop telling me I only feature expensive brands. It wasn't true before, but it's definitely a false charge now!