Fifth Avenue Shopping
by Christina Parrella, 01/29/2014
Courtesy, Henri Bendel
712 Fifth Ave., 212-247-1100
One of the first upscale retailers to set up shop on (or, as the case was, just off of) Fifth Avenue, Henri Bendel is credited with introducing in-store makeovers, semi-annual sales and fashion shows to the retail market. The shop, founded in 1895, was also the first to bring Coco Chanel and Lanvin designs to the US. Along with a full range of its signature brown-and-white-striped products in the "Heritage Shop," the eclectic store stocks cosmetics, handbags, home products, sparkling baubles and various luxury goods. The building—which incorporates the facades of three former townhouses, two of which were granted landmark status in 1985—also has an outpost for hair king Frédéric Fekkai and the budget-friendly Rent the Runway.