Why buy a designer bag when you can rent it? In the world of rapidly changing fashion trends, handbag rentals are more relevant than ever. Designer bags aren’t cheap to begin with, and why would you want to spend a paycheck on a style that might become irrelevant next season? Or, imagine, spending thousands of dollars on a bag that ends up just sitting in your closet? Sure, you will likely be able to consign it or sell it through one of the luxury resale sites. However, you might end up losing lots of money in the process, as there is always a risk that you are not going to get the price you are asking.
Handbag rentals are a great way to try before you buy. Curious to see how that Classic Flap is going to fit into your lifestyle? Rent it first. Need a bag just for a special occasion? Go ahead and rent it, instead of spending your hard-earned paycheck on a bag that you might end up wearing just once!
Today, I would like to talk about the top 5 sites to rent designer handbags. These are the sites where you can rent 100% authentic designer bags from top brands like Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci and Prada, for as little as $99 a month. The next time you want to splurge on a designer bag, check these sites first!
1. Bag Borrow or Steal
Probably the most popular place for renting designer bags is Bag Borrow or Steal. They have been around since 2004 and over the years have recommended themselves as the leader in borrowing authentic luxury. Bag Borrow or Steal offer access to handbags from the world’s most coveted brands. A Chanel Mini Square Flap for $325/month, an Hermes Evelyne TPM for $165/month, Louis Vuitton Onthego GM tote for $300/month, Bag Borrow or Steal lets you try out the classic and popular luxury bags at a tiny fraction of their retail price.
What’s so cool about Bag Borrow or Steal is that you not necessarily have to return your bag. You can, actually, keep the bag you rented for as long as you want. Bag Borrow or Steal will renew your rental automatically!
Unlike Bag Borrow or Steal, Vivrelle is a club that lets members rent designer handbags and jewelry. At the time of writing this blog post, they have three membership tiers: Classique, Couture and Couture+. Under Classique membership, for $99/month you can borrow one item with a retail value of under $4,000. Couture tier will cost you $199/month and let you borrow one item with over $4,000 retail value. Couture+ membership will allow you to borrow two bags at once, one from the Classique and one from Couture range. Vivrelle carries all your favorite designers from Chanel and Hermes to Gucci and Bottega Veneta. Furthermore, all items at Vivrelle come with theft and damage coverage. Why carry the same designer bag for months when you can change them up every month for a fraction of the price? Go ahead and try Vivrelle!
A community of fashion lovers who believe in the power of the shared economy, Villageluxe lets you borrow high fashion straight from the most coveted closets in New York and beyond. Through Villageluxe you will discover thousands of curated pieces from top luxury brands like Hermes, Chanel, Gucci and more. Have a cocktail event to attend but have nothing to wear? You can literally borrow your entire outfit through Villageluxe! From designer dresses to handbags, shoes and accessories, Villageluxe got you covered.
At Villageluxe you have an option to borrow an item for either one or two weeks. Two week rentals include a 40% discount applied to the second week. A Chanel Classic Medium Flap will cost you only $185/week through Villageluxe. And yes, you can rent a Hermes Birkin for only $300/week.
If you are based in the UK you might want to check out Cocoon! A London-based subscription service for luxury handbag lovers, Cocoon, provides members with access to the most sought-after designer handbag styles at a fraction of their retail price. Cocoon carries everything you may desire, from vintage Dior and Fendi to ultra-trendy Bottega Veneta. There are three membership tiers to choose from: Light, Premium and Deluxe. Light membership costs £49/month, while Premium and Deluxe tiers are £79 and £99/month respectively.
What’s so cool about the Cocoon is that every membership tier includes complimentary handbag swaps. If you end up not liking the bag you received, you are welcome to swap if for something else, no questions asked. Light and Premium memberships allow for one monthly complimentary swap, while Deluxe membership gives you access to two monthly swaps.
5. Bag Vault
If you are based in Australia, The Bag Vault might be your go-to destination for handbag rentals. They’ve got a large selection of designer bags from all the top brands incl. Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and more. The Bag Vault lets you rent the bag for 3, 7 or 30 days. Perhaps, you only need a bag for a special occassion. In that case, renting the bag from The Bag Vault might be a perfect choice. A Chanel Classic Medium Flap Bag will cost you AU$150 if you choose to rent it just for three days. Renting the bag for full month will cost you AU$430.
You are considering to add a Hermes Birkin to your collection, but are unsure which size to go for? At the time of writing this blog post, The Bag Vault carries several sizes of the Birkin bag. The Birkin 25 and the Birkin 30 both rent for AU$300 for three days, or for AU$675/month.
I hope this blog post has been helpful!
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