By now you’ve probably heard of, or even tried out the wildly popular clothing rental service, Rent the Runway. The genius online site allows customers to rent designer gowns, jewelry and handbags for a fraction of their retail cost—perfect for special occasions and important events. With a carefully curated selection of pieces ranging from brands like Tibi to Calvin Klein Collection, there is something for everyone and every body type. We recently took a trip to Rent the Runway’s New York City headquarters for a behind the scenes look at this successful company and to talk fashion with Rent the Runway’s stylists Justine, Neil and Emily.
Photography: Alexandra Frumberg
Tell us about Rent the Runway.
Neil: Rent The Runway is an e-tailer that allows you to rent the hottest designer clothing and accessories at about 10-15% of the retail price. If you only wear a piece once or twice, this very Cher Horowitz way of dressing allows you to save money (for shoes) and room (for shoes) in your closet. While the low cost per wear is bonkers, I think the most exciting part is the amount of designer options that some of our members wouldn’t normally have access to.
Rent the Runway stylists, Justine, Neil, and Emily, in the showroom.