Designer Handbags: Where to Rent, Where to Buy Used

If you’re anything like me, a designer handbag can feel unattainable, like a trophy piece that you can only achieve if you have a super successful career. When you’re looking at a beautiful bag thinking, “this costs as much as my rent”… it’s probably not the best time to make any rash decisions. However, don’t close your laptop just yet. We are some lucky ladies because in 2019, there are so many options and ways around purchasing that bag you desire without the expensive price tags. Two of the most tried and true ways are renting and buying used. I’ve broken down the best sites for each!



Think Rent the Runway but with luxury handbags only. From Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, YSL — they have it all. The price tag can be pretty high, but you have to remember what you’re renting. I’m not currently in the market for Bag Borrow Steal (because I’m not cool enough and have no place to go to show it off lol) — but it’s good to know that a more sustainable and affordable option is out there if you want to get your hands on a really chic bag!


Bag Romance allows you to rent any lux bag for an occasion, a week or a month. You can even keep it longer, and they will renew your “lease” so to speak. Very similar to Bag Borrow Steal with slightly better prices in some cases.


Rent the Runway is a no-brainer. They’ve really gained popularity in the last few years for their unlimited monthly subscription, which I myself am a member of. If you’re already a member, renting handbags is already included in your subscription, but if you aren’t, you can rent bags in the $50-60 range, however the downfall is that there are definitely no designer brands included. It’s contemporary only (think Kate Spade, Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen, etc.).



The RealReal is one of the most used specialist online platforms. You can’t browse unless you’re logged in, but once you’re in the possibilities are endless! Pretty much any bag you can think of, you can find it on The RealReal. You’re buying a used handbag, so you’re being sustainable and fashionable at the same time, win-win!


Vestiaire Collective prides itself off of its detailed authentication process, and for good reason. They have trained experts who examine a bag before it even hits the site – which is great news for the buyer. If you are familiar with a bag, size, color, etc. and you’ve seen it in person before, I can’t think of any other reason to doubt this site. They have a wide array of styles!


FashionPhile is associated with Neiman Marcus, and they guarantee authenticity. Each handbag goes through a rigorous brand-specific authentication. I also love the way the website is laid out – it’s very easy to navigate whether you’re looking for something specific or just want to be inspired!


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