Fashionable ladies, mark your calendars for the June 22 grand opening of Henri Bendel at the Galleria. Finally, the retailer -- known for lovely accessories, gifts, fragrance and cosmetics -- is coming to Houston.
The signature brown-and-white-striped Henri Bendel shopping bag will soon swing from the hands of many a fashionable Houstonian; it's the same bag the company has employed since its inception in 1835.
We are getting our own little piece of NYC's Fifth Avenue -- complete with an entry archway "modeled after the legendary Fifth Avenue Flagship" -- in a store that promises to "treat customers to a stylish sensory overload."
Like Coco Chanel, company founder Henri Willis Bendel was originally a milliner; Bendel was the person responsible for bringing Coco Chanel's work to America, and by introducing Chanel -- and other Parisian designers -- to American audiences, he set himself apart, establishing his brand as exclusive and exotic.
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