Reporting Susan Koeppen
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Tired of fighting with your teenager over clothes and all the money you spend shopping?
If your teen wants the latest styles, but you don’t want the big bill, we may have the solution. Instead of buying, try renting.
It’s the latest trend in fashion, and a new service called Le Tote is catching on.
We asked Katie Watson, 18, to give the service a try. Katie is a self-admitted shopaholic.
“She can’t shop enough. That’s what we do all the time,” says her mom Christina who doesn’t like the shopping price tag.
Brett Northart, a co-founder of Le Tote, which is based in San Francisco, says about the company, “We want to be that extension of every woman’s closet.”
Here’s how it works.
For $49 a month, you get unlimited access to Le Tote’s wardrobe. Once you sign up (and yes, there is a waiting list), you will get a shipment in the mail containing three pieces of clothing and two accessories.
You will receive everything from shirts to skirts, earrings to rings. Le Tote does not do pants, and the clothes are geared toward a younger clientele — late teens to early-20s.
Once you are done with the clothes, there’s no need to wash them. Just return them (shipping is free of charge both ways), and your new box of clothing will be on its way.
A stylist at Le Tote headquarters picks out the clothes for you, you don’t have a choice, but you tell the company what you like and don’t like.
“Everything fit perfectly. There were no fit issues, and I liked almost everything,” says Katie.
Both she and her mom were impressed with the service.
The company currently services 14,000 customers. While there is a wait list, they said they are letting in a new wave of customers in the next few weeks.
For more information, visit their website here: https://letote.com/