What is the The Nu Wardrobe?
The Nu Wardrobe is an online clothes-sharing platform. Nu is a female led start-up run by recent graduates and current students. We've developed an exciting online wardrobe where you can share clothes with other Nu members.
Say goodbye to having to buy something new every time you want something different to wear! When you borrow, it's new to you, so you can look fab, save money, and be sustainable. Look good, save money, reduce waste. It's a win-win!
Can I sign up if I am no longer in college?
YES, if you are a graduate of any of the listed colleges you are welcome to sign up.
We have limited the Nu wardrobe to students and alumni of these specific colleges as the platform is currently a test version and thus we cannot expand the community too quickly while we are still making changes to the platform. If you would like your college to be added to the Nu wardrobe please email us on [email protected] and we will do our best to make this happen. We hope to make The Nu Wardrobe available to the general public as soon as possible.
Can I cancel an order?
We accept cancellations up to 24 hours before the borrow date. Unfortunately, the full amount cannot be refunded as we must account for transaction fees and thus there will be a nominal cancellation fee of a few cents.
Can I borrow an item from someone in another college?
Yes, as well as borrowing from students and alumni registered under your campus you can also search by through any other college wardrobe. Simply select the college you would like to search in the search criteria on the homepage. You can request to borrow items from any user on the platform. If a delivery is required this can not currently be done through the Nu platform so users must arrange this themselves if necessary. We would recommend Parcel Motel in this case.
Lending and Borrowing
What happens if someone borrows my piece and it is damaged or not returned?
We have borrower and lender contracts built in to the user process. When lenders upload an item they state the current item value and how the piece must be cleaned (eg. handwash / dry clean). The borrower will accept our terms and conditions before they borrow the piece. The terms and conditions state that the item must be taken care of, cleaned and returned in the specified manner and by the return date. In the unlikely event that anything should happen to a piece, the borrower is notified, and the amount stated on the contract is taken from their account and paid back to the lender. Nu will handle this process to ensure that both parties are protects and that all members have a good experience using Nu.
You can review our terms and conditions here.
We are working on building in a review system that will further build trust among the Nu community.
How do I arrange to collect a piece I am borrowing?
Once the request to borrow a piece has been confirmed you will be added to WhatsApp group which includes Nu, the borrower and the lender.
How do I arrange to return an item I have borrowed?
Please use the initial collection WhatsApp group (that has been set up by The Nu Wardrobe team) to arrange the return of the piece.
Are items on the platform swapped permanently? Does this mean that I am giving away my pieces forever?
No! The Nu Wardrobe currently facilitates sharing only. You borrow or lend a piece for a limited amount of time then it must be returned. At a later stage we hope to build in a swap marketplace but that's further down the line.
What kind of items can I upload to The Nu Wardrobe?
You can upload any fashion item eg. clothes, accessories, shoes. All items must be in good condition and fit for purpose.
Do I make money if I lend my clothes?
No, in order to keep the platform as inexpensive as possible for everyone we charge a flat service fee that goes directly to Nu. By building up a fair, sharing community all users can benefit from inexpensive access to fashion in a sustainable way. If lenders were to make money off each lend this would drive up the price for all users. The more we share, the more we save. Lender will be rewarded through the year with discounts and special offers.
How long can I borrow an item for?
You can borrow an item for as long as you want once the lender has accepted your request.
If you are borrowing an item for longer than a couple of days we suggest letting the lender know why you need it for longer eg. I am going on a two-week holiday. This will give the lender peace of mind that you will take-care of their piece.
For example, you can borrow a ball dress for one night, and borrow a winter jacket for the winter season. The most important part is that clothes are being worn and not lying in wardrobes or ending up in landfill.
What if the item does not fit?
We encourage you to collect the item in a place where there is a bathroom that you can try on the piece before you leave the lender. This will make cancellations easier for both people.
Unfortunately, the full amount cannot be refunded as we must account for transaction fees and there will be a nominal cancellation fee. As this is a beta trial we will be dealing with this on a case by case basis so if this happens please drop us an email at [email protected] and we will get back to you.
What kind of images can I upload?
Photos must be clear and beautiful. Check out our image guidelines here.
My images won't upload?
Check the file size of your image. Images over 7MB can some times cause the system to crash and we cannot take images over 10MB. You can resize multiple images at a time (they will not loose quality) here.