I am going to try really hard to get through this post without screaming and crying but I can’t make any promises.
If you haven’t heard of Henri Bendel your life is about to change. Henri Bendel is a brand of the most fabulous accessories you can imagine. Their range features their classic bags, jewelry, tech accessories, shoes, and even some housewares. Their signature product is their classic brown and white striped Bendel bag and hoards of brown-striped accessories. The best part of Henri Bendel is their accessories are both modern and classic. You aren’t going to find anything that’s hyper-trendy and will go out of style in five minutes. Their bags and accessories ooze class and style and can be used for a long time.
While the regular Bendel range is drool-worthy their holiday collection is truly a sight to take in. I have never visited the Henri Bendel store in NYC — out of fear I would buy everything or take up permanent residence inside — but I plan on making my way there so I can truly experience their holiday range in the flesh.
Check out some of these great pieces below. And ladies, try not to drool on your keyboards…
First up is the fabulous Carlyle Croc Tote aka the bag I will be needing immediately. I am in love with this bag because it has the classic tote shape coupled with the great red/black detailing. The red and black work together in a way that isn’t harsh, but makes the bag almost take on a maroon hue. Like all Henri Bendel products it is made out of the highest quality materials with beautiful leather and a satin lining finished off with that custom Bendel hardware.
If you love feeling a little glam (who doesn’t?) then you will love the Waldorf Drop Earrings. These cubic zirconia earrings, made with Swarovski elements, pack a serious punch. If you don’t love the crystal look they also come in a great red option and gray; a little less on the shine and a little more on the edge.
I’ll pretty much buy any accessory with studs or spikes. While that’s lead me to make some pretty awful purchases you can’t go wrong with this beautiful Debutante Asymmetrical Studded Slim Clutch. Bendel bags, for the most part, are ultra-chic and classic, only featuring a few trendy elements to make them last forever. Studs and spikes are one of the trendy elements you can find on a Bendel bag but it’s done so tastefully it never looks like a “trend piece.”
This bag is also high atop my list of must-haves and for good reason. This Miss Bendel XL Travel Tote is a great example of the classic Bendel stripes in action. Made with beautiful leather trim and satin lining this bag is perfect for when you have a lot to carry but refuse to compromise on style. This is the perfect piece for someone who has to bring a lot of stuff to work or is off traveling. Since I have a deep love of big bags this piece would get a lot of use from me.
If I ever make a holiday gift guide this will be on it. The Glamorous Wrist Stack is a great gift for the holiday, a birthday, whatever. Beautifully displayed in a Bendel box with matching ribbon is a set of stackable bracelets, each unique but all complementary. You can wear them all at once or pick and choose based on your outfit. There is no way you can go wrong with this, each bracelet is beautifully crafted and wonderfully designed with jewels and mixed metals.
A great pair of leather gloves is a winter must but every time I look for a pair with a little something extra I just end up with a bunch of colors adorned with bows. Down with bows! No, I kid…but lace is so much better! These Lace Detailed Nappa Gloves are a great departure from the generic leather glove with their bold lace detailing. The gloves are 100 percent leather with the lace detail laser cut at the wrist. What that means is that they are going to fall apart, the lace is not made of a delicate material so you just care for the gloves the way you would any other leather pair (though avoid getting the lace detail caught on things like your earrings).
Okay, okay I will end this now before it gets out of control. But I highly advise you to check out my Henri Bendel list on Shopcade and then head on over to their website to continue browsing! You may just find something to add to your own Christmas list!