The Harvé Benard apparel collections focus on lifestyle dressing, with a strong emphasis on value, quality and contemporary styling, and have a particularly loyal following among fashionable working women 25-55 from dual income households. As this consumer typically cross-shops in various classes of trade, the Harvé Benard proprietary label has a multi-tiered retail presence, from better and mid-range department and specialty stores to catalogs, depending upon product category and price point.
The company’s roster of major retailers includes Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Saks Inc. (Parisian), Lord & Taylor, Dillard’s, Marshall Field’s and Belk Stores. Harvé Benard apparel is also featured in the following catalogs: Norm Thompson, Lew Magram, Sierra Trading, Boston Proper and Appleseed’s, as well as on Nordstrom.com.
Named one of the most widely recognized labels in the U.S. among consumers in a Fairchild 446 study, Harvé Benard apparel can be found at thousands of retailers nationwide.
A cohesive Harvé Benard “look” at retail each season is assured through coordination of color palettes and stylistic direction among the company’s apparel divisions and multiple licensing partners. Current Harvé Benard licensees include: Tracy Evans (ladies’ sportswear, sweaters, dresses and coats/outerwear); One Step Up (ladies’ knit separates and activewear); V.S. Sport Ltd. (ladies’ woven shirts); LegScene Ltd. (ladies’, men’s & children’s hosiery); Romar International Corp. (intimate apparel, ladies’ sleepwear and cold weather accessories); Danwell (ladies’ and men’s shoes); Accessory Network (handbags and luggage); 7 West Accessories (watches and clocks); Zimco Optics, Inc. (men’s and ladies’ ophthalmic frames and sunglasses); Jackie Vital Corp. (men’s and boys’ suits, tuxedos, dress pants, blazers and outerwear); Jonas Williams & Associates Ltd. (men’s formalwear accessories, tuxedo shirts and ties); Peacock Apparel Group, Inc. (men’s and boys’ dress shirt and tie sets); and Golden State Imports (watches, watch gift sets and clocks; Canada.)
Development of Harvé Benard apparel collections begins more than a year prior to ship date. Manufacturing is primarily done in Eastern Europe, under the supervision of company personnel based at Harvé Benard overseas offices.
In late September 2006, Harvé Benard was acquired by Wellington Capital Group, a private equity fund established and managed by Joey Gabbay since its inception in 2005. Wellington has real estate holdings throughout the U.S., primarily consisting of commercial properties.