Trade down? Neiman Marcus never would, no matter how the economy and stock market perform. There doesn’t seem to be a limit to how high, offbeat or over-the-top Neiman’s merchandise will go, whether it’s a Russian sable coat for $37,000 or the "his and hers" chocolate mummies — $60 for the sarcophagi set. Such items are as important a part of the mix as the more typical $1,000 Prada bags and $4,600 Loro Piana capes.

In the material world, no one basked in the unique and in catering to the rich like the late Stanley Marcus, son of Neiman’s founder Herbert Marcus. "Mr. Stanley" made the store synonymous with luxury and exclusivity, and that’s even truer today, as Neiman’s celebrates 95 years in business.

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