Apparel, Fashion & Retail | Fashion | News & Insights

Selfridges Partners With Clothing Rental Company HURR

Published: August 17, 2020
Author: pranali13

Selfridges & Co. is offering fashion items for rent in a bid to attract younger and ecologically minded customers at a challenging time for UK retail. The luxury department store has teamed up with HURR, an online fashion rental platform, to offer 100 items from more than 40 fashion brands for hire for up to 20 days at a time.

Growing consumer concern over the ecological impact of fast fashion means many retailers are scrambling to tap into surging demand for renting and buying secondhand items. E-commerce sites like Depop and Poshmark Inc. have popularised selling used clothing online. Last year in the US, department stores Macy’s and JC Penney signed partnerships with ThredUP Inc., a San Francisco-based resale company.

Zalando SE is launching a pre-owned fashion range on its site later this year. On an earnings call this week, David Schroeder, chief financial officer at the German online fashion retailer, said it will allow customers to sell their clothes to Zalando “quickly and effortlessly, and will also provide them with a highly curated, quality checked and convenient selection of items available for purchase.”

The Selfridges initiatives form part of the retailer’s plans to reduce its environmental impact, which also include a commitment to become carbon-neutral by 2050.

The coronavirus has altered the “cycle of consumption in a way we could never have predicted,” Managing Director Anne Pitcher said. As a result, she said, Selfridges has to “change how shopping is done.”

Related Posts