I'm really tired of buying (usually not expensive) placeholder essentials and then having them perform poorly. Like fuzz balls, or sweaters just looking tired and sad after a single season, which is pretty much what I deserve when I buy an acrylic cardigan just so I can go home. The last time I bought a cashmere sweater, it didn't perform over time. But it wasn't terribly expensive, so I guess I didn't deserve better.

I'm now looking at a pricey Eileen Fisher black cashmere cardigan with buttons down the sides. If it were good quality, it would be a MVP for years. But if it were not, it would be another unsatisfactory cardigan, to add to the unsatisfactory cardigan collection, only one that cost $250. I've pretty much only heard good stuff about EF here--but EF cashmere? Any specific experience to relate?