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Neiman Marcus - a Shopper's Wonderland!

Updated on November 14, 2013
Gown by Nicole Miller
Gown by Nicole Miller | Source

Neiman Marcus is a wonderland that most shoppers can only dream of. Neiman Marcus is a retailer that markets high-end, high-fashion merchandise at very high prices!

Do you have "champagne taste with a beer pocket book"? You may want to hide the credit card before entering their store. Though they do offer items under $100, much of their merchandise can be had for 10 times that and far above.

So, what makes Neiman Marcus so appealing to the average Jane or Joe? Well, why do we watch the Academy Awards year after year? Sure, we love the movies but, truth be known, it's the stars! We want to see what they are wearing! And, where did they get those glamorous, one-of-a-kind ensembles? Neiman Marcus, for many, of course!

Neiman Marcus is a dreamland of possibilities. The images in their catalogs and online store are mind-boggling!

  • Every detail? Perfection.
  • Quality? Beyond top.
  • Display? A work of art!
  • An All-Expense-Paid Shopping Spree at Neiman Marcus? Priceless!

Dream on, Dreamer, dream on!

  • Top fashion designers showcase their new lines at the Neiman Marcus's stores.
  • Elegant weddings are held in the Neiman Marcus rotunda! (pictured below)
  • Celebrities and royalty shop there, extravagantly.
  • Top-of-the-line authors set up shop to sign their new releases on site.
  • "His and Hers" and NM Fantasy Christmas Gifts are famous all over the world!

Shall we go on?

Glamorous Evening Gowns
Glamorous Evening Gowns | Source

Neiman Marcus in Review

Neiman Marcus was founded in 1907 by three visionaries who were truly ahead of their time: Herbert Marcus, Carrie Marcus-Neiman (Herbert’s sister) and Al Neiman (Carrie’s husband). New to retailing, the Neiman-Marcus team established their original store in Dallas, Texas and actually made a profit in their very first year.

The "fabulous-three" developed a solid business plan to deliver only the finest ready-made fashions along with customer service beyond compare!

Stanley Marcus, Herbert's son, later entered the scene and took the firm to a whole new level. He joined NM in the 1920's. His imagination and drive brought the store to new heights in the fashion retail industry.

Then it happened! Stanley and his brother Edward came up with an advertising scheme that proved to be shear genius. They created the "His and Her Christmas Gifts" as part of their Christmas Book collection. These were extraordinarily unique, frivolous and luxurious gifts way beyond the reach of the average person. But what fun to look at, think about and talk about! In fact, everyone was talking about them!

The brainstorm actually started in 1957 when famed journalist Edward R. Murrow called Stanley Marcus to ask if his store had any unique offerings for Christmas. The "wheels started turning" and Marcus blurted out that they were selling a Black Angus bull (live or slaughtered) along with a silver barbeque cart! Pricetag? A little over $1,900.00! It drew instant curiousity and so much attention that the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book's Fantasy Gifts were born.

Extravagant Fantasy Gifts 2012 from Neiman Marcus

His & Hers Hot Air Balloons 1964's Gifts
His & Hers Hot Air Balloons 1964's Gifts | Source

Neiman Marcus "Fantasy Gifts" for Christmas

Some of the more notable "His and Hers" and "Fantasy Gifts":

  • His and Her Hot Air Balloons (1964)
  • Two authentic ancient Eqyptian coffins, mummies included? $16,000.00 (1970's)
  • Matching His & Hers Airplanes (early 1960's) $176,000 for the pair
  • Monopoly Game made of milk chocolate (1978) $600.00
  • Shar-Pei Puppies (1987)
  • Pair of His & Hers Robots (2003) $400,000
  • In celebration of 50 years of the His & Hers gifts, NM offered a Metro Ship Houseboat for $250,000.00

In 2011?

  • Romantic "Dancing Fountains" -- price a mere $1,000,000.00!
  • Limited Edition Ferrari FF -- $395,000.00 (Hey, it's a Ferrari!)
  • Speed Boat -- The Neiman Marcus Edition of the Hacker Speedboat-- $250,000.00
  • Fantasy Tent -- you've got to see it. Check out the video clip above! --$75,000.00

The Spectacular 2012 Offerings Include:

  • A walk on role in the Broadway hit "Annie"
  • A souped-up Ferrari
  • Dinner for 10 at Casa Dragones
  • Your own Snowy Owl

And more...check out the video above or take a peek at a Neiman Marcus 2012 Christmas Book!

Neiman Marcus's Bold Marketing Move

Breaking from the tradition of a strictly high-end market, in 2012 Neiman Marcus made an unlikely alliance with none other than Target.

Yes, these two highly visible icons in the fashion industry have joined forces to reach a vast blend of shoppers this holiday season.

Neiman Marcus, the marketer of "exclusively gorgeous goods" is now working hand-in-hand with Target stores.Target has a multitude of outlets which reach a completely different group of shoppers than NM. What a combination!

It is an exciting move for all involved...including the 24 top Neiman Marcus designers who have "crossed over" to make this venture a great success.

Neiman Marcus Rotunda San Francisco, CA
Neiman Marcus Rotunda San Francisco, CA

Shopping @ Neiman Marcus

There are a number of ways in which you can tap into the rich pleasure of shopping at Neiman Marcus:

Visit their stores: there are 41 Neiman Marcus Stores in the U.S.

Shop online: Neiman Marcus has a great website for all of your shopping needs.

Shop through their catalog: to obtain a catalog, visit the store nearest you or contact their customer service department.

And now, of course, enjoy many of their products at your local Target store!

About the Author...

Sinea Pies is a freelance writer who writes frequently on HubPages, GVParent Magazine, and her blog: Ducks 'n a Row.

Neiman Marcus Cookies?

Ever heard the Legend of the $250.00 Cookies? Though just a myth, it has been a fun story circulating the internet and print media for years. Of course, the cookies are amazing. This makes the story all the more believable as they live ever-so-much up to the high quality you expect from the designer store-- worthy of the name "Neiman Marcus".


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    Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thank you imkd. If you haven't yet, check out their video!

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    imkd 6 years ago

    it seems beautiful hub. great hub of good work.

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    Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thank you MsDora for the votes on this hub! It's appreciated

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    Dora Weithers 6 years ago from The Caribbean

    Thanks for doing the research and sharing. Voted UP and USEFUL!

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    Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Mary615, I hear you! Window shopping can be fun, too!

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    Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

    Interesting Hub about a store I couldn't afford to even walk inside, but I can dream, can't I????

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    Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thank you, thelyricwriter. NM is just so lovely to look at. I'm with you...someday, I'll be able to afford it. Still may be too practical to DO it, though! :) Thanks for the votes, too.

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    Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

    Up, useful, and interesting article Sinea. They are sure expensive, but the design is beautiful. Hopefully I will be able to afford those things one I enjoyed the history part abd this is a well written article. Well done and have a great weekend.

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    Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Well, that does it! I must visit Dallas sometime. I love to people-watch and I love pizza! Thanks for the comment.

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    Brian L. Powell 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas (Oak Cliff)

    Great Hub.

    Neiman Marcus is considered a religious experience here in Dallas, at least by some people. There is a pizza joint across the street from the downtown Dallas location where you can people watch and enjoy a slice of pizza.