William C. Conard
NEW YORK — William C. Conard, former visual merchandising director of Lord & Taylor, whose responsibilities included creating holiday and fashion window displays, died Sept. 13. He was 41.
Conard had been on a leave of absence since March 1996, according to the store.
An official at Lord & Taylor said a memorial service is being planned by the family.
Prior to joining Lord & Taylor in 1989, Conard worked at Saks Fifth Avenue in a similar capacity.
Conard is survived by his mother, Thelma Conard, and four sisters, Patricia, Susan, Linda and Diana.
Henri Bendel Dies at 89
NEW YORK — Henri Bendel, a former president of the specialty store bearing his name, died at home here Sept. 15. He was 89.
The store was founded in 1909 by his uncle, who was also named Henri Bendel.
After 19 years as president, the younger Bendel left the store when it was sold in the Fifties. In 1956, he purchased two shoe manufacturing companies in Belgium and established offices here for those businesses. Around the same time, Bendel started operating a small shop called The Belgian Shoe Store at 60 East 56th Street, which is also the location of his wholesaling operations. Some of his shoes are regarded as collectibles, including a best-selling moccasin, which at one time had a two-year waiting list.
Meanwhile, Bendel’s ownership changed a few times but managed to develop a reputation in the Seventies and early Eighties as a leading designer store for avant garde fashion. Under the ownership of The Limited Inc., Bendel’s legendary 57th Street store, best known for its Street of Shops collection of small, distinct boutiques, was closed and a new flagship was built on Fifth Avenue between 55th and 56th Streets. Bendel is survived by a son, John, and daughter-in-law, Diana.