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LOT Subscription Box Review – October 2017

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LOT october 2017 package

LOT is a monthly subscription box that’s… well… a little mysterious, to be honest. Here’s what their website says:

LOT is a subscription-based service which distributes a basic set of clothing, footwear, essential self-care products, accessories, and media content. The clothes are dispensable: as they wear out they can be bundled and returned, eliminating clutter.

Note, however, that this isn’t your ordinary fashion or basics subscription service. Just watch one of their press videos:

So. Yeah. What exactly are we dealing with here? A minimalist subscription box? The company of the future? An art student’s very involved senior thesis project? I’m about to find out.

LOT October 2017 package

LOT offers three levels of subscriptions to choose from—the Basic plan ($49.00 per month for a pair of socks, a shirt, briefs, and a random item), the Advanced plan ($99.00 per month for the Basic items plus a self-care product or an accessory), or the Free plan, which gives you access to digital content from various contributors.

My Subscription Addiction paid for the Basic plan, but LOT was kind enough to bump us up to the Advanced plan for no additional charge. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

all items in the LOT October 2017 shipment

The Subscription Box: LOT (Advanced Plan)

The Cost: $99.00 per month

The Products: A monthly set of “dispensible” socks, briefs, and a t-shirt, plus accessories or self-care products ranging from soap to (no joke) a tattoo gun.

Ships to: 20 countries, including the US. Find out if your country is included by emailing here: [email protected].

Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!

items inside secondary package in LOT October 2017 shipment

When you sign up for LOT, you input some information to guide sizing. The subscription centers around men’s sizes, but women are shown wearing LOT items in some of the photos, so I figured I was safe to give it a go. Just an FYI once we get to the clothing part.

First, though, we’ve got to deal with this mysterious little tube.

tube with message inside plastic tube with messages inside

This plastic tube twists open, revealing the papers inside. Silly me—I assumed there’d be an information card like in regular subscription boxes.

large poster inside tube poster inside tube

Number Poster

Instead, I got this poster-sized glossy sheet with the numbers 2, 6, 0, and 4 printed on it in a diamond shape. This rather unsettling text appeared along the side.

tattoo gun poster

Tattoo Gun Poster

Oh, and I also got this. Same poster size. And honestly, pretty cool looking.

silver package

Let’s move on to the basics I got this month. The first arrived in a foil-like package. The little line of text has my order date and time on it, fabric content percentages, and cryptic phrases like…

THE REMINDER

IS THE LAST HOUR

LOT

LOOKOUT

THANKS BYE

tshirt wrapped in packaging black tshirt black tshirt neckline of tshirt

Black Cotton T-Shirt

The shirt inside the package is indeed a basic black tee. It’s a men’s/unisex cut and quite nice quality, I’ve gotta say. It feels thick and tightly knit.

black tshirt black tshirt with embroidered numbers

It is, however, a bit eerie with the number from the poster embroidered in black on the back.

white packaging see-through packaging black underwear wrapped in package black underwear black underwear

Black Briefs

These stretch cotton undies came in a package that read, among other technical product details:

UNDERPANTS

FOR THE GOOD DEATH

Had it not said “UNDERPANTS” on it, would’ve seemed just as sinister as the t-shirt envelope did. Why so serious, underpants?

These undies aren’t the most flattering thing in the world for a gal shaped like me (my squishy stomach likes to muffin out over the elastic band), but they’ll be good for lazing around in at home.

tube shaped package messaging on package socks wrapped in packaging black crew socks black crew socks black crew socks black socks

The packaging for the socks was honestly the weirdest. Some of the hits from this package’s text were

SOCKS

THE LITTLE HOURS

SHE DOESN’T KNOW

CALL/TEXT: +1 628 444 9791

Huh. Well, I just recently saw the movie The Little Hours with Fred Armisen and Alison Brie (it was great), but I doubt that’s the reference here. And I’m not sure what “SHE DOESN’T KNOW” could mean, but I guess, in that way, I relate to whoever this mystery woman is, haha!

And while I was hesitant to do so, I ended up texting that phone number (I’m way too nervous on the phone, let alone if I’m calling a mysterious, oddly death-centric organization). Lucky (???) for me, this is as far as our conversation got:

And that’s all she wrote.

UPDATE!: Much later that night, I got more texts! It seems like this is their customer service number—the friendly person who responded to me asked about how I liked what I got and inviting me to “ask anything at any moment.” Part of me wants to get all of the details about the meaning behind all of these messages, but another part of me wants to just keep puzzling it out for myself!

Meanwhile, the stretch cotton socks were really comfortable. I don’t have a lot of tall socks, but I was really pleased with how soft and cozy these were. They’re embroidered with white LOT logos on the ankles. Fashionable? Well, not quite. But definitely functional, which I think is the goal here.

necklace in package necklace laid flat tab on necklace tab on necklace black necklace

Black Plastic and Brass Necklace

Onto some of the stranger items in the package. This “necklace”, as LOT refers to it, is basically cord with two “pendants” made from plastic-wrapped brass tabs. The plastic has “BECAUSE IT IS WRITTEN” printed down the length of it, and the message appears on both tabs. I’ve been a little suspicious about a vague religious context for all of these messages (even the name “LOT” is technically a character from the Bible). Is that the gist of this subscription?

black grooming kit black grooming set black nail trimmer black scissors black tweezers

All-Black Grooming Kit

This heavy canvas grooming kit is outfitted with snap-shut loops, Velcro panels, and other ways to attach it to whatever backpack or belt you might have handy. Inside, there are individually plastic-wrapped tweezers, nail clippers, and scissors, all of which seem like they’re made of some kind of sturdy steel. It feels a little vain using these edgy tweezers to pluck stray eyebrow hairs in the morning, but I can say they work remarkably well!

black soap black soap black LOT package october 2017 black soap black soap

Black Bar of Soap

Last but not least, some simple soap. “BE STILL,” says the black package. “MY SOUL,” it reads on the other side, amidst the ingredients of this bar. It’s definitely got the most calming messages of all of the packages, though there’s still something rather grave about it. The soap works great, of course. I’m just preoccupied trying to figure out this strange little subscription…

The Verdict: Well. I’m not sure I “get” it (though I am desperate to figure it out). But taking the items at face value, I can say that there’s a lot of quality here and plenty of function. If you’re not concerned with (or better yet, are eager to adamantly reject) the razzmatazz of typical clothing subscription boxes, then this box is for you. I am a little wary of how things will suit me as a curvier woman (most of these products seem more fitting for a narrower silhouette). If something doesn’t work out, however, it does look like I can exchange items. And while I’m not sure how the “disposal” system works (remember how they said these “disposable” pieces could be sent back once they’ve worn out?), I’m curious to find out.

Do you think you understand the theme and thinking behind LOT? What patterns do you see? Do you think there’s a deeper meaning lurking beneath the surface? Have I been watching too much Stranger Things?

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, though what accessories and extras you get may vary from what I received.

Value Breakdown: This package cost $99.00, meaning the average cost of each of the 8 items inside (counting the two posters) is $12.38.

What do you think of LOT?

Written by Anna Reilly

Anna Reilly

Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she’s swooning for all things kawaii!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

32 Comments

  1. I’d be interested in seeing more reviews of this box! While I can’t afford it I oddly enough love this concept! Makes me feel like I’m part of some sort of secret cryptic organization

  2. Anna you are THE BEST for reviewing this box! It’s just so…………different Haha. Thank you!

  3. Fantastically written review, Anna. “Why so serious, underpants?” just about did me in. Like another commenter, my overarching reaction was that it’s awfully pretentious for something focused on simplicity. But then again, I’m intrigued, so it’s at least somewhat effective.

  4. Bc everyone should be able to give home tattoos…

    • Anyone can buy them. Most states don’t regulate the sale of tattoo guns or ink.

    • And not all states require a license to give tattoos so there’s a reason why tattoo guns are so easy to buy.

  5. This makes me happy. It reminds me of the Bauhaus students who studying under Walter Gropius’s tutelage, would not only design work whose function was as important or even more important than form, but also ate a radically strict diet. It was a lifestyle, like (it seems) this box. Yay! for art and for manifestos. whether it works or not, that’s for the buyer to decide. The rest of us can just speculate, like I am doing now. Thanks for reviewing this.

    • Thanks so much for reading, Leslie! I’ve heard of the Bauhaus before, but never really dug in. I’ll have to do some research – sounds really interesting and a potential inspiration here 🙂

  6. I don’t get a creepy vibe from this, just a pretentious vibe. Which is odd as it seems they self-consciously embrace an unpretentious lifestyle in this rather pretentious way. It’s interesting in the short term, perhaps not sustainable in the long term? Seems more like a social experiment than anything else. Which is vaguely interesting but.. not. As for black clothes being evil, that’s absurd. Tell that to nuns and priests. Black is the color of protection, of anonymity, of stealth. So I find this somewhat intriguing but I already have an all black wardrobe, one a good deal more interesting than boxy tee shirts and socks.

    • NYX, I did not specifically mean black as a color to be evil or negative at all! Im sorry if you took it that way. I love black clothes and most of my waredrobe is black also. I just meant with the theme in general including words used on products, etc…plus making the items in it black. It’s just my opinion and not to be taken too seriously I like to joke a lot as you notice my last words were lol.

  7. Did you accidentally join a cult? Or maybe Fight Club.

    • The first rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club.

  8. My thoughts are different from yours, but then again, they are just my interpretation. I think it is an evil site…using scripture with death, creepy, all black items, weird and strange ideas and phrases is just what satanic people do. Evil disguised so to speak. In the Bible, the evil one knows scripture well and likes to deceive people, twist the trust, seek, find and destroy are his purpose. If it makes you feel creepy…it’s for a reason, just saying! To each their own lol

  9. It was nice of them to upgrade your box so we could see more products. If you want to know what it is all about do’t ask me. I am a Virgo and we do not deviate from cold hard facts and logical thinking. Keep subscribing. Either they will go out of business or you can figure out what is going on.

  10. HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  11. Girl, you in danger! 😂

    • This made me almost spit out my coffee! 😂 Whoopi!!!

      • 😂 it’s all I could think while I was reading it!

    • Seriously lol’ing!!!

  12. Wish I could afford this box. I can only afford the “free” version. Do they offer an Advent Calendar? Maybe I can splurge on that. 🙂

  13. So wierd! Definitely want to see future boxes and find out why it is this way!

    • Whoooooa! Thank you SO MUCH for this, Erica!

  14. Weird and creepy — that is all.

  15. It kind of seems like someone cryptically warning of the end of the world, lol – who either might not speak English very well or has developed their own ‘secret’ language.

    Be on the lookout, the last hours (not the little hours, though,) it is written – those are all Bible terms. Be still, my Soul is the start of a hymn.

    But all the numbers and ‘good death’ stuff? My theory would be the person running it styles themselves a prophet with secret knowledge of when the world will end. I moderate a Bible site and now and then various self-styled ‘prophets’ will write in with cryptic warnings, often using made up ‘secret’ phrases of made up English that they claim God has revealed to them and that only the righteous (e.g. their followers) will understand.

    My theory, anyway!

  16. I am intrigued! I have no use for the items, but it’s like a mystery story I want to keep reading to find out the ending to. It’s definitely Biblical (their IG and Bible verse in the footnote of their website) I just wonder what it is? A super complex evangelism project? That makes money? lol

  17. I definitely don’t get it and these seem like run of the mill items you can get from those Promotions catalogs (a la Oriental Trading) where you buy in bulk and just have your name stamped on it. I don’t see how this justifies the price point at all. To each their own.

    But thank you Anna for taking the plunge and reviewing it.

    • Anna definitely pointed out the quality of the items, sooo probably not Oriental Trading. I’ve gotten plenty of promotional shirts and stuff that are American Apparel shirts with their logos screened on. Very good quality, and those shirts are expensive.

      That being said, it’s still not worth the cost. The breakdown per item was wayyy too much, especially considering you’ll be paying over $12ea for a (folded, so ruined) poster, nail clippers, tweezers, etc.

  18. it’s not for me but I think it’s really cool. What I really want to know is where you bought your platform calves-hair shoes. They are 100% me.

    • Haha! Of all places, Gabriel Brothers. (It’s a big discount store like a Ross or a Marshalls.) They’re SKECHERS, if you can believe it! They’re surprisingly comfy, too, for having such a big platform sole. Thanks for reading, Zo, and good luck on your shoe hunt!!!

  19. Truly odd, and not in a good way. All of the cryptic messages sound like they come from a college freshman determined to nurse the heaving angst of their oh so dark soul.

  20. This box’s website is so weird. Thanks for taking the plunge and reviewing it.

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