Inside Henri Bendel's Magical Workshop

Don't call it a department store — Henri Bendel is definitely its own beast. Started by Henri Willis Bendel in 1895, the brand was responsible for introducing America to some of the world's biggest names in fashion, including Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg, and Rick Owens. Nowadays, walking into a Henri Bendel is like walking into an adult's version of a candy shop — with rows and rows of sweets sweet bangles, bags, candles, and more, it's a specialty shop that now boasts an impressive collection of designed-in-house bags, accessories, and jewelry.
But don't think that it's your typical hit list of well known brands — Henri Bendel's has championed indie designers for decades. Sold alongside big names, these lesser known designers also get prominently featured, many of whom were discovered through Bendel's well-attended "Open-Sees," which gives new vendors a chance to be carried at its flagship store in NYC.
With a team of people that has an eye for spotting what's best (not to mention, an eye for creating the best, too!), Henri Bendel HQ is a treat for the senses. With covetable merchandise, jaw-dropping window displays, and stylish employees — all wrapped in that signature brown-and-white stripe — Henri Bendel is a wonderland worth visiting. Click through to meet some of the players working under its roof.

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