Henri Bendel

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Henri Bendel, Inc.
Founder Henri Willis Bendel
Headquarters 666 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York
Number of locations
29 Stores (Jan 2015)[1]
Parent L Brands
Website www.henribendel.com

Henri Bendel is an American upscale women's specialty store based in New York City that sells handbags, jewelry, luxury fashion accessories, cosmetics, fragrances and gifts. Its flagship New York location, established in 1895 is currently at 712 Fifth Avenue. The store now sells primarily its own line of products. [2][3]


The memorial to Henri Bendel in Kensico Cemetery

Henri Willis Bendel, a milliner by trade, was the first retailer to bring the designs of Coco Chanel over to the United States from Paris. The company he founded maintained this tradition of introducing socialites to new fashion by launching designers including Alyce Hamm, Anna Sui, Stephen Burrows, Rick Owens and Diane von Furstenberg. Bendel's also fostered the work of upcoming designers through its semi-annual "Open-See" events, at which vendors can present merchandise to corporate buyers on a "first come, first seen" basis, with the chance that their pieces would be selected for a trunk show or even for sale in the Fifth Avenue store.

The brand is known for its brown-and-white striped shopping bags, its signature hatboxes, and an extensive matching line of cosmetics bags.

Ownership & Leadership[edit]

Henri Bendel is owned by L Brands based in Columbus, Ohio, who purchased the company in 1985. Chris Fiore has been President of Henri Bendel since 2011. Pina Ferlisi is Creative Director. [4] [5], [6] Before then, Geraldine Stutz was the president for 29 years until 1986 when the store was sold to Limited. She introduced the famous "Street of Shops", the boutiques-within-a-specialty-store concept which later gained wide popularity at the store's former location on 57th Street in New York City.

Bendel on Fifth Avenue[edit]

Henri Bendel On Fifth Avenue

Henri Bendel On Fifth Avenue was Located at 10 West 57th Street for decades; it moved to its current location at 712 Fifth Avenue near 56th Street in 1990. The store is located in two landmark buildings, the Rizzoli Building (712 Fifth Avenue) and Coty Building (714 Fifth Avenue), and a new five-story building. The company discovered hidden Lalique windows during the restoration of the existing buildings. which helped it to receive landmark status from the Landmark Preservation Commission. [7] [8]

The store has four stories plus a lower level, an atrium with balconies; there is a total 35,000 square feet (3,300 m2) of selling space. The main floor is home to the Atrium, Handbag Gazebo and Jewelry Bar which all feature the Henri Bendel accessories collection. The second floor Henri Bendel hair accessories, cold weather accessories, sunglasses, small leather goods, travel accessories, gifts and home fragrance. Before the store discontinued carrying outside brands, featured cosmetics brands included Mally Beauty, Kevin Aucoin, Laura Mercier, Nars, Trish McEvoy, The fourth floor is the home of the Frédéric Fekkai hair salon. In April 2009, it was decided that apparel would no longer be carried, instead shifting focus on fashion accessories, cosmetics, and gift items.


In 2008, Henri Bendel began to open new stores outside of New York City. These first locations after the New York Flagship were at Somerset Collection, NorthPark Center, The Mall at Short Hills, King of Prussia Mall, Beverly Center, and South Coast Plaza.

Since these initial six expansion locations the brand has grown to 29 locations total, with most major markets having a location, with the notable exceptions of San Francisco and Boston. Locations include Columbus, Ohio, Miami, San Diego, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Minneapolis. The brand also has multiple locations throughout Metropolitan Chicago, Las Vegas, and suburban Washington, D.C.


  1. ^ Brands 2010 Annual Report
  2. ^ Pete Born "Henri Bendel Cutting Ties With Third-Party Vendors" Women's Ware Daily, Jan. 18, 2015.[1]
  3. ^ Dhani Mau "Henri Bendel's Decision to Stop Carrying Outside Brands Puts Designers in a Tricky Position" "Fashionista" Apr.28, 2014. [2]
  4. ^ [3]
  5. ^ [4]
  6. ^ [5]
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  8. ^ [7]

External links[edit]

Official website