Bag Borrow or Steal worked closely with Clair Watson, couture consultant for Doyle New York and now vintage curator for Bag Borrow or Steal, to assemble the collection, leveraging Watson's extensive knowledge of vintage accessories, to ensure that every handbag in the collection is authentic.
"Bag Borrow or Steal pays close to attention to the key fashion trends of today, in addition to predicting the fashion trends of tomorrow," said Patricia Hambrick, chief marketing officer for Bag Borrow or Steal. "In the ever-changing world of fashion, vintage accessories are in high demand right now. Through the Vintage Collection, we are giving women easy access to a whole new level of luxury and making it possible for them to experience the excitement of carrying a designer vintage handbag."
Each piece in the Vintage Collection will be individually priced with monthly rental fees ranging from $100-4,800. Weekly rental will be available, starting for as low as $40.
"As a result of the rising popularity of vintage accessories, their price tags are soaring, nearly doubling what they were 10 years ago," said Watson. "Vintage fashion makes a distinctive style statement in a fashion landscape where it is increasingly difficult to stand out. The designer handbags in the Vintage Collection give women the means to enhance their personal style and express their individuality."
Why is fashion luxury from the past so sought-after today? As Elizabeth Mason writes in Valuable Vintage, "The great thing about vintage is that it doesn't get old, it just gets older...!" So just how old is vintage? The fashion industry defines the vintage era the last 100 years. Anything older than that—such as Victorian—is referred to as "antique."