Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.
Subscription box service Quarterly has built its business by offering curated boxes of goods put together by high-profile fashion, food and style personalities such as Nina Garcia, Pharrell Williams and Bill Nye the Science Guy. Pay a certain amount, and you'll receive a box every three months filled with cool items selected by these curators. "It's like a magazine, but instead of receiving words on a page, our subscribers receive actual items that tell a compelling story," the website explains.
One early curator, the blogger Style Girlfriend, has just split with the company, going public to voice her concern over growing quality issues. Style Girlfriend had served as a curator for the past two years. In her words:
Quarterly is a really interesting company…and a young one. Just like I have tons to figure out about running a business, they're still working out the kinks over there on process and more. My priority has always been to assemble a package that, when you opened it, you went, "This is totally and completely awesome." While I'm so proud of the style-themed packages we've collaborated on in the past, I no longer felt confident that working together could result in the level of quality you deserve when parting with your hard-earned money.The blogger is now working on her own subscription service separate from Quarterly.
· SG Around the Web: Filling in Backstory and Closing a Door [Style Girlfriend]
· Meet the Blogger Who's Boycotting Altuzarra for Target [Racked]
· For a Fee, Multitasking Editor Nina Garcia Will Send You Gifts [Racked]