I like a new set of threads as much as the next guy and with all of the subscription services that have popped up recently, I thought I’d give it a try. There are many to choose from, but I decided on Five Four Club based on the value to cost proposition. Their business model is that you receive 2-3 items each month for a flat cost of $60 but an expected minimum value of $120.
Well, I must not be in the target demographic. Despite completing my profile and choosing classic as my style profile (as opposed to casual or forward), what I received left me speechless.
I received 2 button up shirts. On the surface, I thought they looked alright. But on closer inspection, here’s what I discovered.
A navy blue button-down? Cool! That’s classic right? WRONG.
Same shirt. Banded sleeves? Slash pockets? On a button-down shirt? WTH? Is this an oxford? A rugby? A jacket? Who knows? You gotta be kidding me.
Better. Again, a classic look that I could wear to work or casual.
Unfortunately, both shirts have this bizarre logo on the front pocket. I can’t decide if this is a Harry Potter lightning bolt or an unfortunate acronym. Either way, me no likey.
Now here’s the really bad part of this service. You can exchange for a different size (and they do pay the shipping both ways), but you cannot return the items or ask for something different. You get what you get.
Suffice to say that I cancelled my subscription the very day that I received the first shipment. As I said, I guess I’m not in their target demographic. Although, I can’t imagine any demographic wearing the button-down, rugby sleeved, slash pocketed, Harry Potter lightning bolt logo’d abberation that I received. In fact, the customer service rep that I spoke with (who had chosen “forward” on his style profile) received the same item and shared my opinion.
In summary, Five Four Club = EPIC FAIL.
I’m off to Macy’s to do a little shopping.