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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Henri Bendel returns—but in a slightly different incarnation

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The Centennial Stripe Foldover Clutch, featuring Bendels signature stripes, $175
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  • The Centennial Stripe Foldover Clutch, featuring Bendel's signature stripes, $175
When the Henri Bendel store at 900 N. Michigan closed in 1998, the company missed out on nearly a decade of a growing appetite for luxury shopping as exclusive boutiques proliferated around the city. Now the New York-based retailer is trying again: it'll reopen at Water Tower Place in November. But this time around, things are slightly different: the store no longer offers clothing, just handbags, leather goods, jewelry, candles, and other accessories created under the company label. While the company's iconic brown-and-white striped bags have definite cachet out east, it remains to be seen whether the brand can overcome a relative lack of recognition and history here in Chicago.

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