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The Subscription Box: SprezzaBox
The Cost: $28.00 per month. Save with longer subscriptions.
ACTIVE DEAL: Save $10 on your first box!
The Products: A collection of essential men's accessories valued at over $100.00.
Ships to: The U.S. for $2.00, Canada for $6.00, and worldwide for varying rates (customs may apply).
Good to Know: You now have the option to pick your box each month to get exactly what you love. Check out the "select your box" section here. Also, most of the items are available for purchase individually in their store. It's not uncommon to see boxes put back into rotation.
SprezzaBox "Blacked Out" March 2021 Review
Each month SprezzaBox allows subscribers to choose their box from several different options. You will receive an email prompting you to select your box, and then you'll be taken to a page with photos and information about each of the boxes. This is a great way to ensure you get exactly what you want or need, and if you forget to pick your box, don't worry because they will simply have a stylist choose one for you. Since some collections are made of previous inventory, you will occasionally have a few products overlap, but usually, this is a sample item.
Bespoke Silk Black Necktie - Retail Value $25.00
This feels like the opposite of last month's floral tie. The floral one was light and hopeful. This one is dark and very serious. It's immensely black, but with a soft sheen. It measures 2-3/4 inches wide and is 100% silk. You could wear it to a wedding or funeral. The latter seems more fitting. I somehow made it into my late-30s without owning a traditional black tie (Hint: I don't wear one often), so I was very glad this was an option this month.
Sprezza Black Floral Pocket Square - Retail Value $18.00
Last month, I received a blue floral pocket square in my "Summer Jams" box. This is the same item only black. While I like it, I have to say I like it a little less than the blue one, but maybe it's just my mood. The black square has green and yellow flowers. It is 100% cotton and very soft.
Dibi Heather Gray Beanie - Estimated Value $18.00
I am a sucker for beanies. They are the only hats that fit my large head. I have about a dozen and will always be happy to receive another. This one is a heather gray, cuffed beanie with a small tag. There is not much to say about it, but I like it a lot. I've been wearing it since I received it and it has kept me plenty warm.
Note: I could not find this exact beanie for sale. I did find this one on Dibi's website for $38, but it says that one is fleece-lined and the one in this box is not. They look the same, but there is no lining in the hat that I received. I estimated the price at $18 because SprezzaBox says this box costs $83. So if I subtract everything else – including $10 for a missing item (See below) – we end up with $18.
Bespoke Ribbed Black Socks - Retail Value $12.00
While I always appreciate a fun or cool pair of socks, it's nice to have some simple and traditional ones too. And you can't get much more traditional than jet black dress socks. They are a black sock, with black accents at the top, heel, and toe. They are ribbed from the top to the heel and across the top of the foot. There is a black pattern that wraps around the center of the foot. Did I mention they are black? There's not much to see, but every drawer needs a black pair of dress socks for when fun or cool won't do.
The box typically includes a few gift cards or promos. They are usually the same ones for wine or watches. I noticed this month the watch one arrived expired and the wine one is perpetually 30 days from expiring. I don't mind throw-in offers, but I don't consider them part of the overall value. It's more of an advertisement to me. However, they could obviously be valuable if they are something you'd use.
Important Note: The "Blacked Out" box was advertised to have three sets of collar stays in a small glass tube. However, the item was removed due to reports of the container breaking. While this absolutely makes sense, there should have been some kind of notification to subscribers and possibly an option to receive a substitute item. I didn't find out until I emailed our contact there. I searched SprezzaBox's website and it seems the box has been removed as a purchase option. Interestingly, The Yorkville is still available for purchase and it also has the same glass container.
Verdict: After going out of my comfort zone last month, I chose this SprezzaBox to be more traditional. I felt like the formal items would be most appropriate for a funeral or another kind of serious event. The tie, square, and socks would be easy to put together with many suits. The items fit the "Blacked Out" title well. I will never turn down a beanie and this one was great. However, it did seem a little out of place. They should have at least made it black. Of all the items, the beanie will get the most use, but I'm going to pick the tie as my favorite item. I'm just really pleased to have a no-nonsense, jet black tie for the occasion I need one. A traditional blue or black tie should probably be the first one a man buys and yet I've waited this long to own one. So I'm happy to finally check that box. The collar stay situation was disappointing but understandable. I do think subscribers should receive some sort of replacement item, even if it's just another set of stays. Despite the issue, this box was a success for me.
To Wrap Up:
Can I still get this box if I sign up today? No, you would likely receive next month's box, although it's possible that this could be a future "Pick Your Own Box" option.
ACTIVE DEAL: Save $10 on your first box!
Value Breakdown: This box costs $30 ($28 +$2 shipping) which means that each of the four items in the box has an average cost of $7.50. I'm not including the gift cards. The original total retail value of this box was $83. However, I'm taking $10 off for the missing collar stays. That takes the value to $73, which is still more than twice the cost. Not a bad return for cost, but still a little disappointing to lose some value. I think this subscription would be of great value to a man who dresses up often for work, church, or other professional settings. Or perhaps a gift for a teenage son who, like me, needs to expand his wardrobe.
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