UPDATE: As of January 2010, Borrow A Dress Couture has closed.
3221 N. Sheffield, (773)904-8735, shopbadc.com [ratings]
Goods: Women’s dresses, purses and outerwear, available for rent or for purchase. Designers: Vera Wang, Cassandra Stone, Alexander McQueen, Jessica London, Marc Bouwer, Dolce & Gabbana and Marchesa. Owners: Inspired by tuxedo-rental stores, owners Teonna Ingram and Bree Lara say they saw a need to have a similar establishment for women. Vibe: Slick and professional. The store is decorated simply with a black-and-white color scheme that, according to Ingram and Lara, puts customer attention where it belongs—on the clothes. Price Range: Inexpensive-Expensive. (Renting items is cheaper than buying them.) The Look: Modern high fashion. All dresses and purses come from current collections of famous designers. Shopper’s Perks: Shoppers can rent a designer dress for three days for a quarter of the retail price.
UPDATED OCTOBER 2009