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October 13, 2005

Globe article about Bag, Borrow or Steal

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The Boston Globe had an article today about purse rental companies like Bag Borrow and Steal, and there were a number of things about the article that really bothered me.

First off, who is doing the PR for BB&S? They are good! I have seen a number of articles about this company in some major publications recently. I guess the Globe article was supposed to be focusing on the "phenomena" of renting high end designer bags but it really came off as a two page add for this company.

Second, as TBB readers know there are few things I love more in the world then bags and talking about bags but way is this a topic that really need to be on the front page of New England's largest newspaper? I think the Living/Arts section would have been more appropriate.

Another annoying thing is the picture that accompanied the online version of the article. One of the things that bothers me about a bag rental company is that I know I would be constantly worried about anything bad happening to the bag. YET in the picture Maura McGreevy is wearing hers out in the rain! Now I know it has been raining almost non stop here in Boston for the past couple of weeks and the Globe photographer might not have had a choice of where to take the pic. But it was just another reminder as to why I'm not comfortable with this kind of service. It may be perfect for some people, but not me.

Plus, this line is kind of weird: "She said the company introduced her to new designers such as Tano and Baby Phat, which she said she probably wouldn't have discovered on her own." Now Tano I can see, since it is a cool line but not one you see on the street very often. You may remember my brush with Tano this spring. But Baby Phat??? If you want to be introduced to the Baby Phat line of bags then just check out your local Marshall's bargain bin, which I am frequently found rooting through. It is a line that is easy to find at my local stores, you really don't seen to sign up for a designer service to see it.

If you like to join in the discussion: What do you look for in a handbag?

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