From their base in Montreal, Canada, Runway Catalog offer “hard-to-find clothing and accessories for men and women.” Obviously their range includes a comprehensive range of designer handbags with their designer list reading like a who’s who of must have bags. Included are Gucci, YSL, Dolce & Gabbana Chloe and pretty much any top designer you can name. Your issue won’t be finding a top designer but rather deciding on who’s best of the best.
All products are advertised as 100% genuine and brand new. They are sourced from trusted independent suppliers and they “stand by the authenticity of every products sold on their site”. This gives Runway Catalog some pricing flexibility and as they put it they offer “a curated list of must-haves on sale”.
Their handbags and purses are not the cheapest on the market but top quality never is. When you look at their handbag catalog page you are presented with such a beautiful range that the sight is artistic in its intensity. If you can’t find something here to satisfy your desire and probably take your breath away, then you must be quite difficult to please. Have a look and you’ll see what I mean.
Product: Hard-to-find designer handbags (plus other fashion items)
Best Place to Buy: Direct from Runway Catalog
Guarantee: 100% genuine and brand new
International Service: Yes
Social License? Unknown
My Rating: 89 / 100
The product selection is extensive. The bag types listed include clutches, satchel & cross-body, min-bags, shoulder bags and backpacks. They have 116 designers listed although not all of those provide handbags. Each bag type and designer seems to have a good range which is updated regularly with the available supply. When researching Runway Catalog a casual look at tote bags showed 30+ products, 45+ mini bags and 40+ clutches so their’s plenty of choice and the opportunity to match your own style.
As well as their catalog pages for individual bag types and designers, their site also offers “New In” and “Final Cut”. As their names suggest these are new products and end run items. The latter providing a significant discount to the list price. In both cases these categories apply to all the fashion items offered not just designer bags so you might need to scroll a little to find what you want. I liked this feature because, although you might be searching for a new bag, it’s always interesting to see what else is around and you might just find the deal of the year. Remember this kind of shopping is absolutely about desire not need.
The company shows a slightly whimsical side encouraging you to join them on “an eclectic and playful journey beyond fashion’s strict seasonal rules”. Over to you to enjoy a fun ride!
Runway Catalog offer the usual mailing list for “Style Inspiration” and first access for their discounts. Simply signing up also offers and extra 10% discount on seasonal offers. I haven’t tested this but based on the professionalism of the rest of their site this look like it’s worth signing up to. If it proves to be spammy you can always unsubscribe later. Their Privacy, Security and Non-disclosure of Personnel Information policies have what you would expect and are subject to Canadian law so I don’t anticipate any real issues here.
If you have any questions they also have an online chat facility.
Shipping & Returns
Shipping is worldwide via FedEx with tracking and orders over $200 requiring a signature (most bags I expect). Estimated delivery times are good at 1-2 days to the US, 1-3 days in Canada and 3-8 days for the rest of the world. All time estimates are from when the items are shipped not when they are ordered. As you’d expect shipping prices depend on where you are wanting delivery but the cost for your order is shown during checkout before confirming final payment. If applicable for your country duty and sales taxes are included in the final price.
Free expedited shipping is offered for all orders over $500 within the USA and Canada.
Returns or exchange seems to be honored for pretty much any reason but their are some rules:
- you must notify then within 5 days of parcel receipt by emailing returns @ runwaycatalog.com
- All items marked final sale are not eligible for return or exchange
- Usual criteria that items musty be unaltered, worn and in original condition – tags attached
- The red plastic tag must not be removed – NO exceptions!
- Return shipping should be trackable and is at your own expense. Initial shipping fees will be deducted from your refund.
- There are some other guidelines about labeling and using the USPS so look at the FAQ on their website for the details.
Payment is accepted via PayPal, Visa, MasterCard and AMEX. Only one method per order.