Fashionistas know that Henri Bendel sells everything to accessorize an outfit -- but not the outfit itself. The company, which once sold apparel but no longer does, operates 10 retail stores in eight US states, including New York, California, and Florida. The stores offer fashion accessories, such as gloves and scarves, jewelry, handbags, cosmetics and fragrances, makeup bags, candles, and more. It's flagship Fifth Avenue store is home to a Frédéric Fekkai salon. Online shoppers can get their fix directly from the Henri Bendel website. The first Henri Bendel store opened in New York City in 1895. The brand is named after its founder, who was responsible for introducing a young Coco Chanel to the US market.
The New York department store was family owned until the 1950s. Limited Brands acquired the business from Geraldine Stutz and other investors in 1985. Stutz ran Henri Bendel from 1957 to 1986 and was credited in the fashion industry for the store's resurgence in popularity in the 1960s.
In 2008 parent Limited Brands announced several of its brands, including Henri Bendel, would stop selling fur products. It was part of a larger industry trend among luxury labels to be cruelty free. – less