Aelfric Eden Review – Legitimate or a Scam?

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Let’s get straight to the point. Is aelfriceden.com (the Los Angeles-based streetwear clothing shop) a legit website? The short answer is yes, they are legitimate. I received my clothing order and successfully returned everything for a refund. Now the biggest question is, would I shop here again?

In this honest and detailed review, I will share my purchase and return experience, my thoughts on their clothing, brand information/research, and my final verdict/recommendation. Keep reading for more!

Table of Contents

About Aelfric Eden

Is Aelfric Eden ethical?

No, they likely are not. They don’t state anything on their site regarding efforts in sustainability.

I can confirm, however, that my items arrived in recyclable packaging.

Check out this article, 13 Easy Ways To Know If A Brand Is Fast Fashion by Panaprium, for tell-tale signs of a fast fashion company.

Where does Aelfric Eden ship from?

According to my tracking information, my order was originally shipped from China. I received my order from a distribution center in New York (United States).

Where is Aelfric Eden located?

According to their marketing emails and their Facebook business page, they are located in the following areas:

  • San Marino, Los Angeles, 91108 (United States)
  • 深圳 广东, 518114 (China)

Additionally, according to the Page Transparency tab of their Facebook page, their business page is run by managers primarily located in China.

More Shop Details

aelfric eden website circa 2018
Screenshot of aelfriceden.com circa 2018 (the oldest version of the site I could find)

Business Details

  • According to their Terms of Service page and their Facebook business page, they are affiliated with the following legal business names:
    • HONGKONG AELFRICEDEN CO., LIMITED
    • 深圳市帝迩科技有限公司 (translates to Shenzhen Dier Technology Co., Ltd.)

Statements & Press Details

  • They claim to have been mentioned by popular magazines and platforms including OK!, New York Weekly, LA Weekly, Elle, Flaunt, Daily, etc. (Click to view linked articles)
  • According to their About page, they claim to have partnered with a non-profit organization committed to donating to children in need. Since they don’t substantiate this claim, I am inclined to think they are being dishonest.

Policy & Program Details

  • They have their Aelfric Eden loyalty program where you can earn, redeem, and spend points.
  • They offer a student discount of 30%.
  • Shipping:
    • They offer free standard shipping on all orders worldwide.
  • Returns:
    • They allow returns within 30 days of receiving your order.
    • Clearance items, Final Sale items, and orders made using store credit or coupons only are non-returnable.

Product Details

Domain Details

  • The website aelfriceden.com was registered in February 2017.

Aelfric Eden Review and Order Details

I ordered the below items on 9/25/2023 to my address in North Carolina (United States). I paid a total of $229.85 to AELFRIC EDEN via PayPal. The charge appears on my credit card statement as “PAYPAL *AELFRICAC2S”. View Order Confirmation 

1) Rope Decoration Big Pocket Cargo Pants

Brand Label: Aelfric Eden

Color/Size/Cost: Pink / 29 (US 8) / $69.95

Country: Made in China

Material: 100% Cotton (the Jute pair)

aelfric eden cargo pants comparison

Expectation: They are what I was expecting, for the most part, in terms of overall appearance. They sent me the wrong pair, so at a glance, mine has more of a purple tone to it.

Quality: In my opinion, the quality is pretty good. See my Quality Comparison & Rating Chart to know my current quality-rating standards.

Fit: I ordered based on the size guide provided, and they fit well. View my Body Measurements for size reference.

Keep or Return: I would keep these Aelfric Eden cargo pants.

I normally have a hard time finding perfectly fitting baggy pants due to my body proportions, and THESE FIT LIKE A DREAM! They are so comfortable, fit perfectly in the waist and hips, and are very flattering. The material itself is non-stretch, and they feel pretty durable. Also, the front pockets are deep, and the rope belt is of good quality and has a cool aesthetic. 

2) Cut-Out Knit Sweater

Brand Label: Aelfric Eden

Color/Size/Cost: Beige / M / $59.95

Country: Made in China

Material: The product page states ‘100% Cotton’.

aelfric eden crop sweater comparison

Expectation: It is exactly what I was expecting in terms of overall appearance.

Quality: In my opinion, the quality is pretty good. See my Quality Comparison & Rating Chart to know my current quality-rating standards.

Fit: I ordered based on the size guide provided, and it fits well. View my Body Measurements for size reference.

Keep or Return: I would return this Aelfric Eden cropped sweater.

While I like this sweater, and think that it is made decently well and fits well, I think it is too expensive. If this were made from organic cotton, I would consider keeping it for the price.

3) Embroidery Butterfly Varsity Jacket

Brand Label: Aelfric Eden

Color/Size/Cost: Pink / M / $99.95

Country: Made in China

Material: Different materials are listed in two places:

  • Product page- ‘95% Polyester / 5% Spandex’
  • Care label-
    • (Lining) 100% Polyester
    • (Main) 92% Polyester / 8% Spandex
aelfric eden varsity jacket comparison

Expectation: It is what I was expecting, for the most part, in terms of overall appearance. The stripes on the ribbed band at the bottom and the collar are more white-looking than I expected.

Quality: In my opinion, the quality of the materials overall is pretty good, however, it is poorly constructed (lots of frayed and loose threading spilling out from the seams). See my Quality Comparison & Rating Chart to know my current quality-rating standards.

Fit: I ordered based on the size guide provided, and it fits 1 size too big. View my Body Measurements for size reference.

Keep or Return: I would return this Aelfric Eden varsity jacket.

While the jacket feels velvety soft on the outside, the embroidery looks well done, the pockets are deep, and the jacket overall has a good weight to it, the material of the lining frays terribly. At first, I wanted to keep this jacket. However, after inspecting it, I could see the long threads from the liner coming out from the seams. See the two images above showing this occurring inside the cuff and bottom of the jacket. If you were to look closely through the sheer liner right above the seams, you can see the folded raw edge behind it. I could cut these off, however, I worry that these threads will keep coming out with each wash.

Shipment Info

I received three items in two packages at my address in North Carolina (United States). The packages originated from China, and I received them from distribution centers in the United States. I was provided tracking numbers through YunExpress, LaserShip, and CNE Express. 

Packages Shipped From:

  • 18230 150th Rd., Springfield Gardens, NY 11413 (United States)
  • 18208 149th Ave., Springfield Gardens, NY 11413 (United States)

Shipping Timeline:

  • I placed my order on Mon, September 25th
  • My order shipped on Tues, October 10th / Thurs, October 19th
  • I received my packages on Tues, October 17th / Wed, October 25th

Total time of 30 days (to receive the complete order)

Their shipping policy states up to 20 business days (including processing time) for standard U.S. shipping.

Return & Refund Info

I emailed support (info@aelfriceden.com) to request a full return on October 25th. My request was approved the same day, and I was provided with the return address. I mailed the package on October 26th via USPS and paid a total of $13.42.

Provided Return Address: 18501 Arenth Ave #68527889, City of Industry, CA 91748 (United States)

Return Instructions:

  1. Click on the link, and enter your order number and email address used on the shipping address when prompted. ReturnBee link: http://aelfriceden.returnscenter.com
  2. Please refer to the attached image sample (provided in the email) that needs to be uploaded to the returns portal.
  3. After your application is approved, you will receive return instructions (including the return address) automatically.
  4. Pack all the returned items, along with a print-off of your confirmation of purchase email, and a note specifying your RMA number securely in a box. 
  5. Go to the local post office, or another courier, to ship the package (buyers are not allowed to return the goods on their own and need to use express delivery to return the goods).
  6. When returning the products, please kindly fill in the tracking number in “Add tracking details”.

I received a full refund of $229.85 on November 1st. I received the refund six days after I mailed the package. – View Refund Receipt

Customer Service Experience

General Responsiveness

They responded to each of my emails the same day.

Shipment Details

I received an email on September 28th stating:

“Thank you so much for shopping with Aelfric Eden. This product (Aelfric Eden Embroidery Butterfly Varsity Jacket) is a hot seller and is currently under production. The estimated shipping time will be Oct ct. 15-20, 2023.”

I’m not sure if I missed this detail before ordering or not, but this was a surprise to me.

Return Details

In order to complete a standard return, not only do you need to get approval from their support team, but you also need to complete a return request via a return link they provide to you. You need to wait for approval again and upload a photo of each item showing that the tags are still intact. Fortunately, this was all done in one day, but annoying nonetheless.

They provided me with the following return/refund options:

  • First Email:
    • “Issue you 35 USD as a partial refund and keep the item/s.”
    • “We can issue you store credit with the value of $90 and keep the item/s.”
    • “We can ship you a replacement from our fulfillment center with the size you want, and you don’t have to return the item you have now, but you need to pay $115.”
    • “We will refund back to your original payment once you return your items.”
  • Second Email:
    • “…partially refund you 100 USD in total for this item without returning it?”

Is Aelfric Eden Legit or a Scam?

Similar Sites & Analysis

Reverse Image Search:

Aelfric Eden appears to be the source of their product images.

I highly recommend doing Reverse Image Searches when shopping online for price and quality checking purposes. You might be surprised at what you find!

Website/Company Search:

No suspicious information (such as lawsuits or alerts from the Better Business Bureau) was found.

Do I Recommend This Shop?

Based on my experience, they are a legitimate shop. I paid for my items, received them within the estimated time frame, successfully completed a return, and received a full refund.

With that being said, I *most likely* will not shop here again.

Even though the clothing quality is generally good, support was helpful, and the return/refund process was smooth, here are my reasons why I would not shop here again:

  1. The prices are a bit high, especially the cropped sweater. It fits great and the quality is good, but not for $60. I would expect this to be made of organic materials for that cost!
  2. The varsity jacket overall is nice, however, it has tons of very long, frayed threads poking out from the seams (these seams should have been finished and sealed to prevent this from happening). Considering this is one of their more premium items, this makes me question if they take other shortcuts in production.
  3. While this could have been my oversight, I was not aware that the jacket was a pre-order and waited longer than anticipated to receive it. As a matter of fact, EVERYTHING took a long time to arrive (over 3 weeks for the first package and over 4 for the pre-order).

Overall, I am a bit disappointed in my items and experience. HOWEVER, I would be willing to try this brand on Amazon since they are a much more reliable/convenient shopping platform (from faster shipping to product-specific customer reviews, etc.). So, if you want to try this brand at a lower risk and more conveniently, check out Aelfric Eden’s Amazon Storefront

To wrap up this post, regardless of my experience, be sure to read as many customer reviews as possible. If you found this post helpful in your search for Aelfric Eden reviews, please consider sharing this with your friends and commenting (via Reddit) below. 

Thank you very much for your support and readership!

Take care,

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