The silver lining in the Henri Bendel cloud
In case you haven't heard, Henri Bendel will no longer sell clothes, starting this fall. This is sad for several reasons: For one, Bendel's was the hippest place to shop on 5th Avenue in the 70s; for another, they championed unknown designers with their open calls. The store will close its top floor; the remaining two will sell only gifts, beauty, and accessories, which, if you think about it, is not surprising: Limited Brands--which owns Bath & Body Works, Victoria's Secret, and C.O. Bigelow--has owned Bendel's since 1986, and in recent years has sold all of its women's clothing businesses (The Limited, Express). Of course, the silver lining is that at some point, Bendel's will have to get rid of all its clothing, and the unsold merch will end up somewhere. And according to Madison Avenue Spy, that place is Gabay's in the East Village. They have a shipment arriving later this week. Consider yourself warned!

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