A few weeks ago in a post on copying I mentioned that I lent a Chloe dress to a fellow magazine editor for a three week trip to the European collections before I had worn it. Recently, a friend was thinking about a Louis Vuitton Speedy bag and wondering if she would carry one so I brought her mine to test drive. I have always been a lender.
In boarding school my closet was fair game and when I was at Vogue I would often lend clothes (or more often than not, give clothes) to my assistants. Let’s face it, clothing and accessories can be expensive. I believe the true value of something is how often it is worn, and not just by me. I hate it when I find a great piece tucked away in my closet forgotten and unworn. As in an earlier post on cleaning out closets, I need to see what I have or I would end up wearing the same outfit daily forgetting that I have some really great things.
The good news is that I tend to buy only classics that go the distance. These are evergreen pieces because they are timeless. So even if many of my Hermes and Chanel bags are ancient, they are still current. If something really sits there for a few years and I don’t ever put it on, I send it to my mother. She too is a lender which is convenient. A few years ago I gave her a saddle colored Chanel bag and when I saw her wearing it recently I asked if I could borrow it back. She was more than happy to hand it back to me, especially when I sent her the same bag in chocolate as a thank you. And the lending goes on.