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Jun 23, 2012

Houston Henri Bendel Opening!

If you follow me on twitter you see that I was all about the Henri Bendel store opening today! I've been counting down for a month, and seeing it in person was worth the wait. The signature brown stripes and boutique feel, plus warm and welcoming- not to mention stylish staff, made my first experience there really great! I had my eye on candles, which I did purchase. I wanted to add to my bracelet collection....I will. There were so many great bangles there. It was arm candy heaven! I have to go back.
Henri Bendel was founded in 1895 and is credited with great innovations in merchandising. Did you know they were the first retailer to hold a semi-annual sale, in store makeovers and have a fashion show in NY? They also are well known for discovering new talent through their unique open-see concept. They discovered Andy Warhol and brought him in as an in house illustrator.Today there are 13 Bendel stores, an online shop, and they are still great at discovering new talent! Tod Oldham and Anna Sui to name a couple.

I'm almost positive the photoflip book I made is the cherry on top of a really cool store opening. I'm obsessed with it. ALSO, I chatted a bit with the president of Henri Bendel, Chris Fiore. I'll update with more photos of the event including one with him! He has a really great eye for style and my opinion is not swayed by the fact he complemented my necklace and said that they need to make a version for the store....
Dear Mr. Fiore,
Just think of me as a muse or spirit animal.

But seriously I feel like I could be a Bendel girl, everything was on trend but still true to the Henri Bendel athestic. The similarities in my style were all coincidental, so I must have a good eye too ;) (And a fashion merchandising degree if anyone needs an assistant! )Thankfully we have a Henri Bendel here in Houston now!
PS... I know what everyone is getting for Christmas.



Unknown said...

Great post! Love the photos...I wanted to go but I was too tired after attending another event. I'll check it out next week.

Anonymous said...

I had never heard of Henri Bendel until it was all over FB. Is the merchandise affordable?


Unknown said...

Looks like you guys had a great time!

Brittany x

MalibuMara said...

@Julia Ahhh Henri Bendel is iconic, there is a scene of audrey in front of the store in Breakfast at Tiffany's. But the gift items are relatively priced. Candles are about $15-35, jewelry is $70-over 200. Purses are the same prices as coach or juicy.

Unknown said...

Well isn't this cool. My friend just applied here, but I figured the location was somewhere else. Did you purchase anything?

Anonymous said...

Love the pictures! The color coordination and the displays are so chic! I would have been like a kid in the candy store!


MalibuMara said...

@Amanda Yes ma'am! I bought a set of candles, but I have my eye on a keyfob, card pouch and bangle! LOL. (and pretty much everything else in the store)

ashi said...

I wish I was there! so glad I joined the houston group, glad to meet wonderful people like you!

misselisak said...

I just love Henri Bendel!!!!

Confessions Of A City Girl said...

Great pics! Henri Bendel is always a girls dream come true! Lol i love walking in that store

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