Out of all the luxury items out there, branded bags is my most coveted. And sadly I’ll never have Kylie Jenner’s color-coded wardrobe filled with bluff wallet-promoting brands like Hermès, ChanelBalenciaga, and more, I’ve been striving for the next (real) best: a Vivrelle . Monthly Membership ($39 and up). The rental subscription service offers Hollywood non-budgeters the opportunity to borrow branded handbags and jewelry monthly, helping to reach the world of luxury in a sustainable way.
I tested the subscription with the editor-in-chief of POPSUGAR Sade Strehlke and fashion director Jessica Andrewsboth style their Vivrelle pieces for New York Fashion Week This waterfall. Because I live near the Vivrelle showroom in NYC, I decided to check out the accessories in person, although you can also easily walk through the process online. I consider myself a smart shopper who thinks about practicality and value, and most importantly asks myself, “Is this worth it?” But subscribing to this service allows me to throw all those rational thoughts out the window. I wanted to pick a bag that was fun, trendy but perhaps not too versatile; something I never considered “worth it”, but I still absolutely love it.
“Vivrelle is officially my secret weapon.”
With my Couture membership authorized by Vivrelle, I can borrow an item from its inventory full of wallets, jewelry, and limited edition items. After touring the bright showroom with walls of handbags from brands like Dior, Celine and Bottega Veneta, I chose Chanel Vintage Lambskin Cosmos Line Belt Bag ($199, Couture Membership), has a retail value of $4,100. I would normally never buy such a particular style and such a small bag (it’s only 5 inches wide), but I was immediately drawn to the color and thought it would be perfect for a festival. music that I will come later this month.
I was surprised to use the bag so much throughout the month, and trying something new led me to discover a new wallet style that took me out of my fashion comfort zone. After 30 days, I went back to Vivrelle afterwards to exchange it, although you can also resend the item for free. For her pick of the month, Strehlke chose Prada Nappa Medium-sized convertible bomber ($99, Classique Membership), retails for an estimated $2,400, while Andrews chooses Balenciaga Angeau Classic Mini City Bag ($99, Classique Membership), to a value of $1,850.
Keep reading for all the details on exactly how Vivrelle works and our thoughts on whether it’s worth the cost.
How does Vivrelle work?
First, you have to fill out an application that will only take a few minutes to complete. Once you apply, you will be on a waiting list until approved. The company recommends that new members use the code from the ambassador program partners to get to the top of the waiting list. Once approved, you’ll be able to continue with any of the four tiers and start redeeming one luxury item each month. If you love your item, you can also keep it for as long as you like as Vivrelle has no return date. Here are the following membership options:
- Premier is the most affordable option at $39/month, which includes access to jewelry with a retail value of $1,000 or less.
- Classique is the most popular option at $99/month, allowing for any jewelry or handbag that retails for less than $4,000.
- Couture costs $199/month, and you’ll be able to rent any item in Vivrelle’s inventory, including jewelry, wallets, and limited-edition pieces.
- Couture+, priced at $299/month, is a hybrid between Classique and Couture. It’s the only option that allows you to borrow two pieces at once; the rest only allow one.
These rates can also be discounted if you’re willing to pay three, six or 12 months in advance.
What I like about Vivrelle
“Vivrelle is officially my secret weapon,” Andrews said. “I usually repurchase all my designer bags – because they’re more affordable and better for the environment – but this service takes my handbag game to another level. I could experiment with more trendy styles without committing to buying them – like the PVC Chanel I bag I’ve loved for years.” Editors also appreciate the plethora of luxury options it offers: “I Love that they have so many high-end – from Prada, Gucci and Chanel – options for people to rotate their bags,” says Strehlke.
Jessica Andrews with the Balenciaga Angeau Classic Mini City Bag by Vivrelle. Image source: Hunter Darrel
We know resale shopping better for the environment, but borrowing from resale items takes sustainability to the next level. It’s fun to be able to experiment with trendy bags and bright colors, and at the same time you don’t have to compromise on fashion aesthetics while prioritizing your impact on the environment. “I’m reducing my carbon footprint because I’m wearing existing bag styles instead of buying a whole new bag, which reduces waste,” adds Andrews.
Things to note about Vivrelle
The no-return date rule comes with both pros and cons – it’s great to be able to keep something you love, but not so great when you’ve been keeping an eye on a particular bag that hasn’t been available for months. . When I visited the showroom, some of the styles I initially liked were on loan, while some were a bit too much for my taste.
Sade Strehlke with Vivrelle’s Prada Nappa Bomber Convertible Medium Tote. Image source: Hunter Darrel
Andrews has some expert tips for capturing your top picks. “Add every style of bag you want to your favorites list, even if it’s not available, so you’ll receive an automated email when it’s back in stock and available to rent. Plus, one birdie told me. I think they’ll be adding new bags to the site on Thursday, so be sure to check out the site that day.”
But most importantly, our biggest piece of advice for getting the most out of the service is to have fun with it. If you’re wondering how an expensive bag or something will fit into your wardrobe, this is a great way to test it out, says Strehlke. What commitment is required?
Who is Vivrelle best suited for?
Whether you have a smaller budget, are looking to reduce your carbon footprint, or just want to change up your accessories, Vivrelle has something for any type of purse lover. It is especially useful for “low-end shoppers who like to mix designer pieces with cheaper pieces” or those who regularly attend various events and outings, and like Strehlke mentioned, especially during the holidays.
Andrews adds, “For me, I attend a lot of events and share my style on Instagram and TikTok, so I love having an endless cycle of trendy bags to play with. But if you’re looking for a classic style that you can wear often, the Vivrelle is great for that too as you can hold your favorite bags and even buy them over and over again. “
Yerin Kim with the Chanel Vintage Lambskin Cosmos Line Belt bag by Vivrelle. Image source: POPSUGAR Photography / Yerin Kim
Is Vivrelle worthy of being a celebrity?
While Vivrelle is certainly worth it, the members of Classique and Couture in particular “make a world of difference,” Andrews says. If you simply want to try on any luxury handbag, $99/month for the Classique tier is a solid price. “But if you’re a real Chanel fan and you know you’re going to rent a lot of it, it’s worth buying Couture as a The most beautiful Chanel style is in that collection,” she said.
- If you want to keep the borrowed item, you can buy it at a special “members only” price. In fact, I was so obsessed with my product that I asked about the price and gave a lot of consideration to taking the plunge.
- You can freeze your membership for $10/month once you’ve been a member for at least three months and have returned any unpaid items. “It’s a lot of service rental program didn’t give us a date for quarantine in 2020, and it really helped,” Andrews noted.
- All Vivrelle bags and accessories are covered as standard, including normal wear and tear. Premium coverage is also available for an extra charge that covers accidental damage.