I returned something after washing it twice and it went all misshapen around the hem. I rang and they said they would a returns postage paid label - it never arrived so I ended up paying for the returns myself but I did get a full refund.
I got a £10 voucher when a swimming costume arrived a few days late - too late for my holiday. The next summer, wore it on holiday, elastic went all over the place within a week. Sent it back, got vouchers to full price, which I was okay with as it had been a year. They sent many apologetic emails at every turn so I was happy with their customer service. So I would return it with a stern letter about how it's just not good enough.
I emailed Chrissie Rucker the C.E.O. Of The White Company- but never got a reply and i wasn't complaining about their stock or anything , in fact it was all positive. Unlike the C.E.O. of John Lewis - received a lovely reply back.
I had same problem. I sent back and received a refund in vouchers at most recent selling price. However I got proof of postage and that was good as they claimed they never received the cardigan. Took about 4 weeks to get all sorted though.
I will never buy pure cashmere from The White Company again.
This is the reason why budget cashmere is often an total waste of money - it will pill terribly and you will need to spend a lot of time maintaining it. The problem is structural - the hairs that constitute the yarn are short and loosely spun, plus it's a knit, and there is always going to be friction in the armpit area and where your bag/coat rubs the cardigan.
But the holes that have appeared should really warrant a refund.
Hiya, I am no expert but I would say you are more than entitled to a full refund - regardless of fabric, a cardigan whether it cost a tenner or £100 should last a lot longer than 5 weeks. If it looks rubbish take it back or send it back. Quote the Sale of goods act (oft.gov.uk has a brilliant section on this) stating the relevant bits about their duty to provide goods of adequate quality. You can do this by letter or take into shop and kick up a stink! It is their responsibility to sort it out. Can't believe anyone would just accept that the just have to put up with poor quality stuff- don't let retaileras fob you off!! good luck!
Cashmere does shed a bit at first. As Mycat says, use a de-piller thing to get it smooth again. It eventually stops. Holes are definitely not on though and should warrant a refund as the garment is not fit for purpose.
I had a problem with a linen cardigan last year and they were v quick to deal with it. I got exchange not refund but I was happy with that. Find the quality variable but when it's good it's really good
Cashmere does pill, so that isn't a quality issue in itself - you just need to defuzz with a specialist de-piller thingy <technical term>, or an emery board is a cheaper alternative (but be gentle!). I wouldn't expect a refund on that basis and doubt you'll get one. If you de-pill gently you can get cashmere looking like new again.
Holes though is a different story, and very much a quality issue. Unless you have moths, you shouldn't see holes appearing so soon, and particularly not away from seams (I find that even very expensive cashmere starts coming away at the seams after a while). In your position I would be going into a White Company store and asking for a refund as the top isn't of satisfactory quality. It shouldn't have developed holes after 4 wears.
I bought a cardigan from white company about 5 weeks ago, worn it about 4 times and it hasn't been washed. It's a cashmere cardigan 100% and cost over £100.
Basically my problem is that it has started to pill and holes have appeared under the arm area (not at the seam).
I rang white company and the person said that I should expect some pilling with white company knitwear. TBH I didn't expect pilling but that's fair enough if it was nice neat small pills, my cardigan looks like 3cm stripes of pilling and to be honest now looks like a rag/tatty and something I got at a much lower price.
The person I spoke to said to send it back and they would look at it but couldn't make any promises of a refund or credit note.
AIBU to expect either? Is there anything further I can do as basically I would have been better to give away £100 as I can't wear this cardigan now.