Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Rent Your Clothes, Don't Schlep Them When You Travel

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Rent Your Clothes, Don't Schlep Them When You Travel

Article excerpt

What's in your suitcase?

More travelers may be asking this question in the near future if this newest wrinkle in the sharing economy catches on.

It's clothing rental.

Lodging and start-up entrepreneurs have gotten into the shared-wearing business. Why pack and schlep when you can get clothing at your destination?

For instance, the fashion store Pimkie has installed mini fashion bars at hotels in Antwerp, Brussels, Milan and Paris, with clothes available to buy via a minibar-type service.

Westin, a Starwood brand geared toward health and wellness, offers guests running clothes and shoes to rent for $5 via its Westin WORKOUT Gear Lending program, created through a partnership with New Balance.

Virgin Hotel Chicago offers guests the option of buying clothes from Gap and have purchases delivered right to their rooms. …

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