NEW YORK, Oct 14, 2011/ — In the prime of his career, Jacques Fath’s couture gowns were carried at Bendel’s over 50 years ago.

Henri Bendel is now proud to welcome back the designs from the house of Jacques Fath into its famed townhouse at 712 Fifth Avenue. Women have been looking to Bendel’s since 1895 to find the latest “it” bag to carry on their arm. Finally, Jacques Fath has returned.

Jacques Fath established The House of Fath in Paris in 1937. He is widely considered one of the 3 most influential postwar French fashion designers along with his contemporaries, Christian Dior and Pierre Balmain. Fath’s eccentric personality, taste for decadence, and attention to detail had him branded the “Little Prince of Paris Haute Couture”.

Fath is often credited with bringing French prêt-a-porter to America while dressing top celebrities of his time, such as Greta Garbo, Ava Gardner and Rita Hayworth. The House of Fath closed in 1957 following the couturier’s untimely death.

Today, after more than 50 years, the innovative designs of Jacques Fath are breathing new life under the direction of Head Accessory Designer, Laurence Dumenil.

A stunning collection of handbags and clutches has made its debut in the American market. Dumenil has updated the vintage Fath aesthetic with her edgy, modern and fresh approach to details. Handmade in a family-owned factory in Angers, France the collection features rich embossed leathers, lizard & python skins, wooden closures and jeweled clasps.

A new generation of fashionable celebrities has discovered the alluring designs of Jacques Fath. Sienna Miller was recently spotted carrying the Fidelity clutch to the British Fashion Awards in London. The Fidelity will be among the gorgeous array of handbags you will find at Henri Bendel from October 28 to 30.

Jacques Fath Trunk Show
Henri Bendel
Friday, October 28 Through Sunday, October 30

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