When you think of 5th Avenue, Henri Bendel is probably one of the first stores to come to mind. It’s been a mainstay staple at 712 5th Avenue for years, and is what most people think of when upscale shopping in New York comes to mind.
Henri Bendel actually started out in New York City, back in 1895, making it one of the original standouts of NYC shopping. The brand itself created so many ‘firsts’ in both the fashion industry, and in retail. Not only were they the first store to hold a fashion show, but they were also the first retailer to carry their own line of fragrance. That’s pretty incredible to think about today, since there are so many retailers with their own fragrance and beauty lines. It all started here, and there’s a lot of charm and pride behind that.
Despite its long history, Henri Bendel has never been ‘outdated’ in any way, and remains one of the most popular stores in New York, and in its other 28 stores across the world. It specializes in upscale fashion and design for handbags, jewelry and accessories, and even home decor and gifts.
Celebrities have always been attracted to the brand – Andy Warhol himself did many of the designs for the stores in the 1960s, and today, it’s still as popular as ever. Everyone from Beyonce to Blake Lively still showcases the brand for their handbags and accessories, proving that timeless classics never go out of style. Henri Bendel remains popular on 5th Avenue, even today, for strong and fashionable reasons, and it’s a must-visit when you’re shopping in New York City.