• henribendel.com
  • 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.