Henri Bendel was a fearless innovator, a leading arbiter of women's
fashion, and passionate explorer of The New & The Next. He was
born in Lafayette, Louisiana in 1868.
Bendel moved to New York to work as a milliner opening his own shop
in Greenwich Village in 1895. A man known for infallible taste, he
quickly became a leading tastemaker and couturier to the city's
elite and his boutique became a beacon of luxury.