Business: Queen of Styles

Bendel's lady is a champ

The fashionably dressed owner of Manhattan's most chic West 57th St. emporium arrives late to most appointments, except the Wednesday-afternoon staff meetings in her elegantly spacious office. Gathered around her burnished Louis XV desk, some 20 directors and buyers bring forward the trendy products that they have scouted out from as far away as mountain villages in southern Italy or as near as a young designer's SoHo loft: cardigans in this fall's newest colors (baby pastels), crepe de Chine jumpsuits by Stephen Burrows, $85 knit caps from Paris....

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