Neva Hall, executive vice president of stores at Neiman Marcus, is retiring on March 15 after 35 years with the luxury retailer.
Hall was instrumental in opening several Neiman Marcus stores, including those in Fort Worth, Tex., Roosevelt Field in Garden City, N.Y., and lastly, Neiman’s first New York City store, in Hudson Yards on the west side of Manhattan. Neiman’s and the other stores and restaurants in the mall in Hudson Yards, called The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards, debut to the public on March 15.
Hall has served as Neiman’s executive vice president since 2002. She first joined the Dallas-based retailer in 1983 as a buyer for women’s sportswear. She rose to a divisional merchandise manager covering dresses and later fine apparel, had a stint as vice president of public relations, and was later promoted to a general merchandise manager, covering accessories, shoes, handbags, beauty, gifts and jewelry. Before Neiman’s, Hall was a buyer at Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy’s.
A successor at Neiman’s was not named.
In 2005, Hall, a member of LIM’s Class of 1974, received an honorary doctor of commercial science degree and the LIM College Distinguished Achievement Award. At the commencement exercise, she addressed the 500 graduates. “I came from a small world in the Tristate area. I thought I would live there forever,” she told the students.
It was fashion retailing that lifted Hall out of her comfort zone and gave her a broader perspective on life and a wide variety of job experiences, from being a buyer to a public relations manager, to general merchandise manager and a senior stores executive.
“I am thankful for the path my life took,” Hall said. “I have traveled the world, seen many great cities, attended fashion shows in Europe and New York — too many to mention. But I am mostly thankful for my family and the support I have been given over the years….My good fortune came from hard work — no magic, no shortcuts. I also had plenty of disappointments along the way, but I learned to grow where I was planted each time.”
The legendary Stanley Marcus was a mentor who taught her that “retailing is mass minutiae,” Hall recalled. “You make and keep your customers by remembering the details. In all things in life, the details matter.”