Ever since the concept of “renting a designer bag” made popular by Bag Borrow or Steal and apparently featured in the Sex and the City movie, a couple of similar concepts have sprouted in the region. I know Singapore had one a while back while Malaysia has also now gotten one but the name escapes me for now. I just saw it fleetingly in a newspaper.
But my question really is – Will you rent a designer bag?
My answer is “No, I will not.”
You see, my rationale comes down to the question – Why do you carry a designer bag? Because you like it and want to own it? Or because you want to be seen with the latest designs?
If your reason is the latter then yes designer bag rentals will work for you. You will pay a certain large sum to “rent” the bag for a week or two and when you get bored, you return the bag and get another so you never have to be seen carrying the same bag twice or you can always be at the forefront of bag fashion.
However, my beef with it is that its like renting a house; after paying and paying, you end up with essentially nothing. No money and no bag.
Whereas if you buy the bag, like owning a house, after paying off your loan or mortgage, you end up with a house. Ditto a designer bag. Granted boredom can set in after a spell.
So, I am very careful about the designer or more expensive bags I buy. I make sure I really REALLY like a design before committing to buying it, because usually large sums of money are involved. If I’m still wanting a particular design after a week, chances are, its a design that’ll work for me. Also I know this way, I will appreciate and treasure it more, while at the same time ensuring I will actually use it regularly. Because its mine, I’m careful about where I put it down (never on the floor!) and how I care for it (regular cleaning and polishing) and above all, I know that its MINE!
I don’t go for latest designs in bags, mostly because I prefer something classic – they weather the trends better but also tend to cost more as classics rarely go on sale. Hence my ever present “need” for the Chanel 2.55 :P So that’s me and my reasons why I will not “rent-a-designer-bag”.
I’m not saying its a bad thing to rent a bag – its an ingenious idea and can come in very useful if you have to be seen in cool new outfits all the time and be able to do it on a budget. I could contemplate it if I had to attend glitzy red carpet events where I desperately need a glam evening clutch that photographs well but which I can’t afford to buy otherwise, as I won’t get much mileage out of it. But since red carpet events aren’t in my forseeable future, I guess I may not make use of the service just yet :D I just can’t contemplate renting a bag for daily use, that’s all.
What about you? Will you rent a bag and if you will or won’t, would you share your reasons?