Recently, I joined Henri Bendel at their Tysons Galleria store to celebrate their 120th Year Anniversary as a brand. To commemorate this milestone, the VIP event also served as a launch for the release of their new fragrance, Suite 712.
Henri Bendel is known by its nickname ‘The Playground’ by any fashionista familiar with their must-have signature handbags, jewelry, and accessories. It’s been over 100 years since its inception, and the brand still generates excitement & anticipation among fashionable women eager to have ‘The New and The Next’ by Henri Bendel. Since 1895, Henri Bendel has been a mecca to the generations of women who come to New York to interpret and reinvent themselves. It celebrates their efforts by consistently doing the same.
This season’s accessories were on-point. I gravitated toward the rose gold collections, and simply had to have the ‘Luxe Midi Crystal Ring Set’ (image 1) and ‘The Madison Head Wrap‘ (image 2). The store was filled with Bendel’s signature stripes, with many chic totes and beach accessories ready to go for summer. I was also introduced to the beautiful Limited Edition Chelsea Handbag (image 3), of which there are only 130 in the world (as of this post, number 9 resides at Tysons Galleria).
Champagne flute in hand, I was at last introduced to Suite 712. The name of the fragrance pays homage to the iconic address of Bendel’s flagship store, 712 Fifth Avenue in New York, NY. As soon as it’s floral notes hit my nose, I knew I had to have it. It combines all of my favorite scents, specifically woodsy amber notes. I recognized the light mandarin blossom and white sandalwood almost instantly. It was a stunning combination. At times woodsy notes can be too musky or heady. But mixing the fresh sandalwood and light blossom scents took the perfume from powdery to powerful.
The fragrance lends itself to polished sophistication and captures the essence of the Park Avenue woman and The Old Guard of New York. It’s the aroma of quietly reveling in concealed affluence while maintaining a tasteful appreciation for luxe. It’s a gift to generations of New York Bendel’s girls who have regarded the Park Avenue store as a beacon of luxury for over 100 years.
**Henri Bendel’s Signature Fragrance ‘Suite 712′ will be available for purchase May 1st, 2015**
About Henri Bendel
Henri Bendel moved to New York in 1895 and was known as a man of infallible taste. He quickly became a leading tastemaker and couturier to the city’s elite. He was first retailer in history to brand himself, therefore the first to “make his mark.” After registered his trademark in 1895, he created the now legendary brown and white striped shopping bag and hatbox. Bendel was the first luxury retailer with an upper Fifth Avenue address, the first to hold a semi-annual sale, the first to offer in-store makeovers, and the first to stage a fashion show. He was also responsible for bringing Coco Chanel to the United States. Henri Bendel is an iconic fashion destination rooted in the never-ending energy abundance and creativity of the city of New York.
To learn more about the history or to shop online, visit Henri Bendel at http://www.henribendel.com
*Originally posted for Facon Magazine: The Fashion Revolution at http://www.faconmagazine.com