Herald as the “best hoodie/sweatshirt ever made” or if you prefer, “the greatest hoodie known to man”, the internet has catapulted American Giant, a proud everything-made-in-the-USA apparel company into something of an internet super-stardom. Demands begin pouring in and within days of when Slate first published an article about the product in 2012, their inventory was completely depleted. It’s design and production methodology has been compared to the likes of Apple, and when production was so far behind the demand, that customers had to wait months for the sweaters to go back in stock. So what is this internet phenomenon that has been dubbed the “best hoodie ever made”? A company that cut-out the middleman altogether, wanted to make quality products without the ridiculous high price tags. With its fancy preshrink 12.4 oz cotton and clever stitching aside, the price tag of the sweater still costs a pretty penny ($89). Hefty enough to make me pause a little and think about when’s the last time I paid that much for a piece of clothing… wait, nevermind.
So what makes the American Giant sweater so unique that it can claim the title for “World’s Best Hoodie”? After reading a plethora of high-praising reviews, as an educated, single, working twenty-something female consumer with a pretty bad case of spending problem, I was hooked and I wanted to find out more. After doing a little bit of research, and the internet has no shortage of info about this company — this company and it’s hero product, the heavyweight hoodie had been featured in media outlets such as Slate, Wired, Business Insider and even Bloomberg did a featurette. The product itself is something a cross between really nice cotton, clever stitching, and really great cuts — all of which are rare for regular sweaters. I’ve dabbled in high-end stuff here and there as splurges to myself, but paying $90 for a sweatshirt? Well there’s a first time for everything. It was a little hard because most of the high-price ticket items I’ve ever spent were designer leather goods, never a sweatshirt. The look of the product didn’t necessary appealed me, but from what I have read from reviews is that the sweatshirt seems to something that you can really “feel” the difference in. And I like good feelers 🙂 However, when I think of a hoodie/sweater, I think of Target or Walmart sweaters, $15 a pop at most, something one would wear on a lazy Sunday to lounge in and to hide that bloated belly during that time of the month or burrito baby, not this fanciness.
So today I placed my order on one of their newer designs, the baseball jacket and since it comes with free shipping and I found out that I can get 15% off, I thought hey why the heck not. I picked this one because I can actually wear this to work and what not.
If you’re interested in this product and would also like to get 15% off, here is the coupon/link or just enter the code below to order from the American Giant website.
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Note: This is not a paid advertisement nor is this my attempt at an “advertorial” whatever you call it. I am using my own money to do this. However, I am pretty excited about this purchase though, I’ll write a follow-up post once I received and can wear the product.
Update #1: After placing an order for the sweatshirt, I quickly got my order within the week, even with the free shipping. Upon unboxing the package, the well-packed sweatshirt looked very close to the product advertised on the website. I quickly tried the sweater on and ran to the nearest mirror. The first comfort reaction to the sweatshirt is that it’s actually very stiff. This is no ordinary cotton blend sweaters that I am use to — in fact it almost feels like a well-worn version of a military jacket.
The cut is flattering despite my 5’3 slightly overweight figure, and the sleeves fit my short stubby arms no problem. The stitching and workmanship on the sweater is good, but not as impressive as some of the other folks have claimed online. I’ve purchased other apparels at similar price with more impressive results to show for. So far, I do enjoy the sweater — maybe because I am short and stubby (sorry for the reiterations), but it does crease quite a bit. I had expected the sweater to be softer, so maybe with a few extra washes will help with breaking it in. In terms of the styling, it’s definitely versatile and timeless enough to withstand the trends of fashion.
At the end of the day, the product was made in the USA, and I do feel a bit better about my purchase because of that. However. would I recommend the “World’s Best Hoodie” to my readers on WordPress? Only if you got a few extra Andrew Jacksons to burn and the bragging right to owning the most ridiculous and expensive sweatshirt ever.
Update #2: I recently got their Essential Full Zip because I wanted something lighter/more accessible/softer, and OMG, it’s the best thing ever. Even at $79 a pop + the discount, it’s totally worth it. Much better than the original jacket I had purchased last year (it was too stiff and thick, good for really cold weather but not as versatile as a result). This is made of super fine/soft cotton — it’s one of those jackets that feels like you’ve worn for 20 years yet still in excellent condition. Highly recommend if you are going to buy one to try American Giant!