Remember the scene in the first Sex And The City film, in which Carrie’s assistant rents a Louis Vuitton handbag from a company called Bag, Borrow or Steal? I’ve been thinking about it today, after reading an article on the Mulberry empire in today’s Herald. See, a Mulberry costs £1000 plus. Now, if you use it every day for the rest of your life, then pass it to your daughter, maybe it’s worth the investment. On the other hand, that’s three months rent.
Fear not, skint girls! For those rare and special nights when you really want to feel like an A-lister without paying celebrity prices, there is an alternative to shelling out a grand. Want to flaunt the It-bag that you’ve been coveting for months? Well, dream no more, Cinderella, you too shall go to the ball dressed as a star – but remember that, just like Cinders, you’re on the clock. Designer bag (and shoe and dress and even diamond) rental is your secret weapon. Costs vary depending on the popularity of the item but at the time of writing the Mulberry gold Alexa bag (below), an item of eye-watering loveliness, would typically cost £45 for a seven-day rental. As there were only forty of these honeys ever made, renting one is likely to be the only way you’ll ever bag yourself a piece of this arm candy action. Glasgow-based rental company, Kennedy Purple got the very last one – lucky things.
Now, renting doesn’t usually fit in with Skint’s buy-to-last philosophy, but for those super-special occasions it’s an option worth knowing about. After all, why shell out hundreds of pounds on a dress you’ll only wear a couple of times? Now, go and enjoy the ball! Here are a few pointers to get you hooked on the weird and wonderful world of renting diamonds and pearls:
www.kennedypurple.com – designer bag, dress and accessory rental
www.mycelebritydress.com – does what it says on the tin
www.rentyourrocks.co.uk – yes, you shall wear diamonds – for one night only
www.cinderella-me.co.uk – all the designer shoes under the sun: they’ll probably do you some glass slippers if you ask nicely