Fashion

Henri Bendel Opening Boutique in the Galleria on June 22

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.

You can bet Art Attack will be on hand for the opening. In the meantime, check out Henri Bendel online and on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

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Christina Uticone