I’ve used Rent the Runway in the past. I am sure you have too. After all, why would anyone want to buy an haute couture dress that would most likely be worn once? It makes sense to just “borrow” it. You rent it, twirl around in it one night, send it back. No strings—or typical price tags—attached.
Now Rent the Runway wants you to give up on your closet, and replace it with their “Rotating Dream Closet.” “I want to put H&M and Zara out of business,” said Jennifer Hyman, CEO and co-founder of this disruptive company. Its new program allows members to rent four pieces each month for only $89. This is no surprise since the company is marching toward an IPO. It’s on a mission to attract millennials, grow into an empire, and own as much media buzz as possible.
How am I reacting to this news? Well, ever since I read Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I have been flirting with the idea of decluttering my apartment and keeping only items that—in her words— “spark joy.” Despite my many attempts to downsize, my small Manhattan apartment continues to have a rather cozy, non-minimalist feeling to it. So… when I read this news about Rent The Runway, the Marie-Kondo-part of me considered their offer for a split second. But then I quickly dismissed it. The name “Rent The Runway” makes sense when you’re literally renting the runway. When you’re borrowing evening dresses you’ll wear only once, this brand is the way to go! But… the concept doesn’t really hold up when it comes to a Nike hoodie. The thought of sweating in somebody else’s tank and leggings makes me a little queasy. Even wearing somebody else’s jeans feels… wrong. But maybe that’s just me! There’s no doubt that I love the thrill of finding a designer item on sale and then making it mine. Without shopping, I’d miss that.
What about my aspirations as a minimalist? I guess I can start with the kitchen. Because there’s no way I’m giving up next week’s sample sales:
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I believe there is a nice, happy medium between “The Rotating Dream Closet” and your pre-Marie Kondo overstuffed one. You find it by shopping responsibly. Know your wardrobe—what you have and what you need. Set a budget before you go shopping and make sure what you purchase is a good deal. But most importantly, do some preemptive Marie Kondo work by buying only items that truly spark joy.
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WHAT: Romona Keveza Sample Sale
WHY: The Romona Keveza Collection cocktail and evening wear sample sale. Enjoy 50-90% off.
By appointment. Call 212-207-1080 to set up an appointment.
WHEN: 11/24 - 11/28
WHERE: One Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020
“Feminine, Sophisticated, Luxurious. The brand designed by Romona Keveža has dressed the best known stars for their prestigious red carpet events.” – Vogue Italia. One of Hollywood royalty’s favorite designers, Romona Keveža has dressed some of the world’s most beautiful and influential women: Angelina Jolie, Kate Hudson, Taylor Swift, Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Hudson, Kendall Jenner, Ariana Grande, Scarlett Johansson, Oprah Winfrey and many more.
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WHAT: Steven Alan + Billy Reid + FEIT Sample Sale
WHY: Men's and women's clothing and accessories at a discount at the Steven Alan + Billy Reid + FEIT Sample Sale.
WHEN: 11/28 - 12/3; Tue (noon-8), Wed-Sat (10-8), Sun (10-4)
WHERE: 260 Sample Sale
150 Greene Street
New York, NY 10012
260 Sample Sale, a family-owned business that houses sample sales for top brands like Alexander Wang, The Line, Marc Jacobs, Alice + Olivia, Soulcycle, Paul Smith, Bandier, J. Crew, and many more.
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WHAT: Bindya NY Holiday Sample Sale
WHY: Start your holiday shopping early with our selection of fall accessories and cold weather styles, including scarves and capes at the Bindya NY Holiday Sample Sale.
Prices range from $10 to $50. All major credit cards accepted.
WHEN: 12/7 - 12/8; Th (10-7), F (10-5)
WHERE: 28 West 36th Street
New York, NY 10018
Bindya New York is a fast, ever growing brand that is already distributed at major department stores all over the country, as well as boutiques internationally. Known for their must-have tie-dyed cashmere scarves, gauzy shawls, and gorgeous wraps, Bindya New York offers an effortless chic collection of luxurious, wearable art. Style for all personalities, many featuring hand painted designs and heavy sequined embellishment, Bindya scarves are where quality meets fashion.
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