Why Rent When You Can Buy?
Renting expensive designer handbags isn’t for everyone. The typical customer of these handbag rental places aren’t looking to maintain an image, but trying out different bags to suit an event or occasion, or wanting variety without cluttering their closets.
And of course, these customers are not afraid of the rental costs or the monthly subscription fees. Ladies who patronize these businesses have bags galore in their closets and don’t want to add to their inventory. Instead they get the temporary ownership of the “it” bag for the month (or week) and love the freedom without the burden on owning some of these handbag gems and don’t blink an eye at the hundreds of dollars for the privilege.
Please note, not one of these businesses based in the US (at the time of publication) had a Hermès Birkin for rent! What a shame!
Based in: Seattle, WA USA
Rentals: monthly and subscription
Chanel Calfskin Herringbone Medium Boy Bag Rental $475/month
Founded in 2004 and was one of the first “Netflix for handbags” in the niche. It’s gone through a name change in 2008 and reverted back to the cheeky name that customers refuse to let go. Made famous by Sex and the City (movie) where Jennifer Hudson, as Carrie Bradshaw’s assistant, is able to carry designer high-end bags on rental, the brand was introduced to the vast Sex and the City audience.
Currently BBOS allows you to rent (unlimited time) luxury brand bags as well as buy (pristine/vintage/pre-loved) bags as well as sell (immediately or put on consignment) your pre-loved handbags and accessories as well as clothing. Depending on the bag you want to carry, the rental can be quite expensive, like a monthly car payment expensive. BBOS offers detailed photos of the exact bag, blemishes and all and has in their inventory Chanel, Fendi, Gucci and Hermès.
Based in: New York, NY USA
Rentals: 4- 8 days or “unlimited” subscription
Source: Jason Wu Primrose Diane Crossbody $300/month
Launched in 2009, the website that allows you to rent designer dresses for 10% of the retail price (and sends you a backup size) for 4-8 days expanded to the world of rental handbags in 2010. Offering an unlimited monthly service for $139/mo, rent 3 items for a set monthly price, and return and keep any item for new item whenever you want. Handbag rentals are limited by few designers.
6 store locations in the US that allows you to go to the store and rent something to wear tonight.
Based in: Denver, CO USA
Chanel Lambskin Black 2.55 Single Flap Bag $525/month
The founder is an ex-dentistry professional who had a passion for fashion. She offers only bags for rent and you need to have set up a history prior to renting more than 1 bag at a time. Shipping is covered by ArmGem unless the rental is less than $100/mo. Its inventory is small, but carries a wide variety of the major high end brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Gucci as well as new brands such as Rebecca Minkoff, Tory Burch and Tom Ford.
Based in: USA
Chanel Large Classic Flap Patent Bordeaux $99.95/month with paid membership (+initial join fee)
Buy, layaway, or rent from this service or upgrade to a monthly membership 99.95/mo with $199.95 1-time join fee to a a rented bag each month. They don’t seem to have a rental by item, only a subscription or purchase.
The website was slow and didn’t load quickly as well as you had to sign up to look at the costs and details.
Based in: France, EUR (Not Available in US)
Rental: 1,2 weeks & monthly and subscription
Hermès Birkin 35 in Taupe €1,200/month for non-members
MonLuxe offers you a luxury handbag rental service in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Germany, UK, Spain, Italy and Switzerland offering 1, 2 week and 1 month rentals with membership subscription charges of by months (3, 6, or 12 months) the benefits of membership are covered return fees and preferential rates on rentals. This is the only business offering the Hermès Birkin for rent (at the time of this post publication).
Based in: New York, NY USA
Chanel Boy with Handle in Silver $550/month
Rent designer bags on a monthly basis. Offers new and used bags to sell. The inventory of bags is eclectic offering high end designers like Chanel and offering Edie Parker and Olympia Le-Tan. Check out their inventory.
Based in: Texas, USA
Rental: Weekly or subscription
Chanel Boy Lambskin Medium $249/month subscription
You can rent purses by the week or subscribe for Season Passes in Gold ($99.00), Platinum ($169.00) and Diamond ($249.00) the more expensive the pass, the more expensive the collection of designer handbags you can rent. Free standard shipping is offered with the season pass subscription. Shipping charges apply for weekly rentals.
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