Neiman Marcus Celebrates the Christmas Book's 75th Anniversary: A Guide Through a Wonderland Promising the Most Memorable, Luxurious And Thoughtful Holiday Gift-Giving Experience Ever

The Sky's Literally the Limit as the 2001 Christmas Book Features A

Bell 430 Helicopter, Along With Limited Edition Lexus SC 430 Convertibles,

His and Hers Radio City Rockettes and New York Knicks Fantasy Experiences,

Plus Traditional and Unique Items



Sep 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Neiman Marcus

    DALLAS, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Neiman Marcus, the famed specialty
 retailer dedicated to delivering dreams throughout its 94-year history, builds
 on its legend with the publication of the 75th Anniversary edition of the
 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book.
     First published in 1926 as a 16-page catalogue, the Neiman Marcus
 Christmas Book originally was intended as a Christmas card to its best
 customers.  Through the decades, the book has evolved into an enchanting,
 two-dimensional view of a multi-dimensional gift world.  But its heritage has
 never been forgotten.
     "For many of our customers, the arrival in homes of the Neiman Marcus
 Christmas Book is the official start of the holiday season," said Karen Katz,
 President and CEO of Neiman Marcus Direct.  "That's how we approach this
 project each year: with an understanding that while our goal is to display an
 enticing variety of desirable gifts, it's just as important for the book to
 engender the same pleasure and warmth one would derive from receiving a
 personal holiday card."
     The 2001 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book builds on 75 years of wonder and
 surprises, including, as always, a sleigh-load of astonishing fantasy gifts.
 Among the more extraordinary:
 
     HIS AND HERS RADIO CITY ROCKETTES/NY KNICKS FANTASY EXPERIENCES:  For the
 first time, Neiman Marcus' His and Hers gifts are extraordinary experiences
 designed for the young and the young at heart.  Become one of the world-famous
 Radio City Rockettes for a day.  The gift recipient will participate in a
 dance class, go backstage for a costume fitting in the legendary wardrobe
 shop, and have hair and makeup done prior to a once-in-a-lifetime walk-on role
 on the Great Stage in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.  Any sports
 enthusiast would love the chance to be a ball kid for the New York Knicks.
 This experience includes wearing a special uniform, participating in a
 closed-to-the-public shoot around, and a center-court presentation to the
 crowd before the start of the game.
     Only eight of each experience will be sold.  The New York Knicks
 experience is for ages 10-16; The Radio City Rockettes experience is for ages
 six and older.  All net proceeds benefit The Cheering For Children Foundation,
 a not-for-profit organization that supports and improves after-school programs
 in New York.  ($10,000 for each experience - Page 112).
 
     NEIMAN MARCUS LIMITED EDITION LEXUS SC 430 CONVERTIBLE:  Once again,
 Neiman Marcus is showcasing in the Christmas Book one of the most sought after
 vehicles of the year.  Only 99 "Silver Belle" Neiman Marcus Limited Edition
 Lexus SC 430s are available for purchase beginning October 1st, 2001 at
 7:00 AM (PDT).  Orders are placed by calling 1-877-34-SC430.  This traffic-
 stopping classic is completely loaded and features a 300 hp, 4.3 liter,
 V-8 engine with a Neiman Marcus exclusive Silver color exterior and Candy Cane
 Red, hand-stitched leather interior.  Other exclusive features include Candy
 Cane Red floor mats, custom wheel finish, red engine cover and a limited-
 edition sequentially numbered badge.
     One Limited Edition Lexus SC 430 convertible will be available for
 purchase through a special online auction event, available via Shop@AOL.
 Beginning October 8th, an online preview of the vehicle will be unveiled
 through AOL Keyword: NM Gifts, or by visiting www.aol.com and clicking on
 Shop.  Bidding for the Limited Edition Lexus will begin on October 11th,
 starting at 10:30 AM (EDT), and net proceeds will be donated to charity.
 ($70,000 - Page 25).
 
     NEIMAN MARCUS EDITION 430 HELICOPTER FROM BELL:  The Neiman Marcus Edition
 430 Helicopter from Bell is the ultimate in luxury air transportation.  The
 exclusive exterior custom paint is a rich combination of sable, gold, burnt
 amber, and beige metallics highlighted with the signature NM.  The interior
 includes Italian leather seats, deluxe sculpted carpeting with Neiman Marcus
 logo, custom rosewood finishes and a passenger refreshment center.  State-of-
 the-art electronics include the JetMap Cabin Information System with moving
 map on two cabin ceiling monitors, a Motorola(R) cellular telephone,
 two computer outlets with converters, and the Blaupunkt AM/FM/CD Entertainment
 Center.  The 430 speeds passengers at up to 164 miles-per-hour in incredibly
 quiet comfort.  ($6,700,000 - Page 75).
 
     GINGERBREAD HOUSE:  Home Sweet Home never will be more literal than in the
 Neiman Marcus 2001 Christmas Book.  The creative masters at Eleni's Cookies of
 New York City will painstakingly replicate up to 10 homes in gingerbread,
 utilizing photographs to fashion a recreation of the home.  The package
 includes three dozen "photo" cookies of the home, and all orders must be
 placed by November 1st, 2001 for December delivery.  ($4,000 - Page 93).
 
     TIMES PAST FANTASY TRIP:  While Albert Einstein produced theories on the
 possibility -- or impossibility -- of time travel, Neiman Marcus has made it a
 reality, introducing one of the most fascinating, intriguing fantasy trips
 imaginable.  Six couples will travel back in time, immersing themselves in
 three different romantic eras in history -- 1775, 1815 and 1907 -- dressing in
 the costumes of the respective eras, sampling the cuisine, and taking part in
 re-enactments of historic moments, all while residing in an authentic English
 castle.
     To cap this incredible adventure, the participant who best stays in
 character throughout will be bestowed with the official -- and legal -- royal
 title of "Lordship."  ($120,000 per couple - Page 83).
 
     "DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS" ROADSTER:  A whimsical,
 wheeled wonder bounces to life on its custom foam-filled tires and golf-cart
 chassis.  Straight from a memorable scene in Universal's hit holiday film,
 "Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas," this racy red-orange fiberglass
 roadster is intended for recreational use only and not intended for street or
 highway use.  It measures 5'3" high, 9'8" long and 4'10" wide and weighs in at
 1,490 pounds.  The convertible, presented in the film to Martha Whovier by
 Mayor May Who, runs approximately two hours on a single electric charge and
 comes complete with windshield and working head and taillights.  ($25,000 -
 Page 148).
 
     TRUE MIRROR:  Neiman Marcus pays tribute to its past by bringing back
 playful gifts known as "Things You Never Knew You Needed."  The True Mirror
 lets you see yourself as the world does, not in reverse as in conventional
 mirrors.  Seeing yourself in the way you see other people can also produce a
 deeper self-understanding, and seeing your expressions as others do can help
 you see how you come across to other people.  Framed by hardwood, the mirror
 is 10" Sq.  ($300 - Page 159).
 
     AIBO:  AIBO, the Entertainment Robot from SONY, is imbued with the most
 advanced artificial intelligence technology, enabling this four-legged marvel
 to display six different emotions, to learn and react to its surroundings and
 voice commands, and to become a loveable family "pet" and companion.  AIBO, in
 NM exclusive orange, can take digital photographs, send and receive e-mail,
 read those messages to you and even make gestures reflecting the nature of the
 message.  ($2,530 - Page 128).
 
     INDIAN MOTORCYCLES:  America's first motorcycle celebrates the
 100th anniversary of the brand with the introduction of a classically-designed
 cycle exclusively for Neiman Marcus customers.  It features a powerful
 88-cubic inch engine with a constant mesh five-speed foot shift.  This special
 edition, limited to just 75 customers, comes in silver and pearl white with a
 black saddle bag with leather fringe, custom chrome, and leather handgrips.
 ($24,500 - Page 116).
 
     PRECIOUS JEWELRY:  Straight from the mother lode to the ear lobe:  Famed
 jewelry company de Grisogono creates drops available in Black/White Diamond
 ($56,500), Ruby/Emerald ($50,500), and Ruby/Diamond ($51,000) fashions, set in
 18-kt. white gold.  (Page 21).  The House of Buccellati offers a trio of
 stunning watches -- the 18-kt. yellow and white gold square-faced
 "Agalmachron" with full diamond pave dial ($26,000), the "Oktachron" with
 octagonal face of 18-kt. yellow gold and yellow diamond pave dial ($29,000),
 and the 18-kt. yellow gold, round-faced "Eliochron," featuring a glistening
 pave diamond dial ($26,000).  All are finished with a black leather strap over
 an 18-kt. gold bracelet.  (Page 22).  The Piaget Polo, updated for the new
 millennium, features a seamless integrated bracelet of alternating brushed and
 polished gold, in large ($16,500) or small ($11,500) sizes.  (Page 135).
 
     The bestowing of philanthropic gifts is another long-standing Neiman
 Marcus Christmas Book tradition, with a deserving organization selected each
 year to benefit from sales of featured items.  For the 2001 holiday season, a
 percentage of proceeds from Cover Art-inspired items and gifts displayed on
 pages six through 11 will be awarded to the Inner-City Games, which provides
 more than a half million disadvantaged young Americans access to after-school
 and summertime activities.
     Inner-City Games Foundation Chairman Arnold Schwarzenegger, who founded
 the program in Los Angeles in 1991, focused on sports clinics and competitions
 as the "hook" to get youngsters involved, enabling the organization to direct
 them to other disciplines, such as art, dance, music and dramatic arts.  The
 Inner-City Games now operates in 15 major U.S. cities.
     The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book will be distributed to millions of homes
 in the United States and abroad.  To inquire about Christmas Book merchandise
 or to place an order, call 1-800-825-8000.  The Neiman Marcus Web site,
 www.neimanmarcus.com , showcases the entire Christmas Book online.
 Subscriptions to the 2001 Christmas Book can be ordered for $10 by calling
 1-800-NEIMANS (634-6267).
 
                     MEDIALINK SATELLITE TRANSMISSION TIMES
 
      Video News Release (VNR) Distribution Schedule
      Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2001
      1st:  2:00 - 2:30 PM ET GE 2, Transponder 6, Downlink Frequency 3820 H,
      Audio 6.2-6.8
 
     The movie Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (C) 2000 Universal
 Studios.  Based on How the Grinch Stole Christmas! book and characters (TM)
 and (C) Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. 1957.  Licensed by Universal Studios
 Licensing Inc., All Rights Reserved.
 
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                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X15881245
 
 

SOURCE Neiman Marcus
    DALLAS, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Neiman Marcus, the famed specialty
 retailer dedicated to delivering dreams throughout its 94-year history, builds
 on its legend with the publication of the 75th Anniversary edition of the
 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book.
     First published in 1926 as a 16-page catalogue, the Neiman Marcus
 Christmas Book originally was intended as a Christmas card to its best
 customers.  Through the decades, the book has evolved into an enchanting,
 two-dimensional view of a multi-dimensional gift world.  But its heritage has
 never been forgotten.
     "For many of our customers, the arrival in homes of the Neiman Marcus
 Christmas Book is the official start of the holiday season," said Karen Katz,
 President and CEO of Neiman Marcus Direct.  "That's how we approach this
 project each year: with an understanding that while our goal is to display an
 enticing variety of desirable gifts, it's just as important for the book to
 engender the same pleasure and warmth one would derive from receiving a
 personal holiday card."
     The 2001 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book builds on 75 years of wonder and
 surprises, including, as always, a sleigh-load of astonishing fantasy gifts.
 Among the more extraordinary:
 
     HIS AND HERS RADIO CITY ROCKETTES/NY KNICKS FANTASY EXPERIENCES:  For the
 first time, Neiman Marcus' His and Hers gifts are extraordinary experiences
 designed for the young and the young at heart.  Become one of the world-famous
 Radio City Rockettes for a day.  The gift recipient will participate in a
 dance class, go backstage for a costume fitting in the legendary wardrobe
 shop, and have hair and makeup done prior to a once-in-a-lifetime walk-on role
 on the Great Stage in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.  Any sports
 enthusiast would love the chance to be a ball kid for the New York Knicks.
 This experience includes wearing a special uniform, participating in a
 closed-to-the-public shoot around, and a center-court presentation to the
 crowd before the start of the game.
     Only eight of each experience will be sold.  The New York Knicks
 experience is for ages 10-16; The Radio City Rockettes experience is for ages
 six and older.  All net proceeds benefit The Cheering For Children Foundation,
 a not-for-profit organization that supports and improves after-school programs
 in New York.  ($10,000 for each experience - Page 112).
 
     NEIMAN MARCUS LIMITED EDITION LEXUS SC 430 CONVERTIBLE:  Once again,
 Neiman Marcus is showcasing in the Christmas Book one of the most sought after
 vehicles of the year.  Only 99 "Silver Belle" Neiman Marcus Limited Edition
 Lexus SC 430s are available for purchase beginning October 1st, 2001 at
 7:00 AM (PDT).  Orders are placed by calling 1-877-34-SC430.  This traffic-
 stopping classic is completely loaded and features a 300 hp, 4.3 liter,
 V-8 engine with a Neiman Marcus exclusive Silver color exterior and Candy Cane
 Red, hand-stitched leather interior.  Other exclusive features include Candy
 Cane Red floor mats, custom wheel finish, red engine cover and a limited-
 edition sequentially numbered badge.
     One Limited Edition Lexus SC 430 convertible will be available for
 purchase through a special online auction event, available via Shop@AOL.
 Beginning October 8th, an online preview of the vehicle will be unveiled
 through AOL Keyword: NM Gifts, or by visiting www.aol.com and clicking on
 Shop.  Bidding for the Limited Edition Lexus will begin on October 11th,
 starting at 10:30 AM (EDT), and net proceeds will be donated to charity.
 ($70,000 - Page 25).
 
     NEIMAN MARCUS EDITION 430 HELICOPTER FROM BELL:  The Neiman Marcus Edition
 430 Helicopter from Bell is the ultimate in luxury air transportation.  The
 exclusive exterior custom paint is a rich combination of sable, gold, burnt
 amber, and beige metallics highlighted with the signature NM.  The interior
 includes Italian leather seats, deluxe sculpted carpeting with Neiman Marcus
 logo, custom rosewood finishes and a passenger refreshment center.  State-of-
 the-art electronics include the JetMap Cabin Information System with moving
 map on two cabin ceiling monitors, a Motorola(R) cellular telephone,
 two computer outlets with converters, and the Blaupunkt AM/FM/CD Entertainment
 Center.  The 430 speeds passengers at up to 164 miles-per-hour in incredibly
 quiet comfort.  ($6,700,000 - Page 75).
 
     GINGERBREAD HOUSE:  Home Sweet Home never will be more literal than in the
 Neiman Marcus 2001 Christmas Book.  The creative masters at Eleni's Cookies of
 New York City will painstakingly replicate up to 10 homes in gingerbread,
 utilizing photographs to fashion a recreation of the home.  The package
 includes three dozen "photo" cookies of the home, and all orders must be
 placed by November 1st, 2001 for December delivery.  ($4,000 - Page 93).
 
     TIMES PAST FANTASY TRIP:  While Albert Einstein produced theories on the
 possibility -- or impossibility -- of time travel, Neiman Marcus has made it a
 reality, introducing one of the most fascinating, intriguing fantasy trips
 imaginable.  Six couples will travel back in time, immersing themselves in
 three different romantic eras in history -- 1775, 1815 and 1907 -- dressing in
 the costumes of the respective eras, sampling the cuisine, and taking part in
 re-enactments of historic moments, all while residing in an authentic English
 castle.
     To cap this incredible adventure, the participant who best stays in
 character throughout will be bestowed with the official -- and legal -- royal
 title of "Lordship."  ($120,000 per couple - Page 83).
 
     "DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS" ROADSTER:  A whimsical,
 wheeled wonder bounces to life on its custom foam-filled tires and golf-cart
 chassis.  Straight from a memorable scene in Universal's hit holiday film,
 "Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas," this racy red-orange fiberglass
 roadster is intended for recreational use only and not intended for street or
 highway use.  It measures 5'3" high, 9'8" long and 4'10" wide and weighs in at
 1,490 pounds.  The convertible, presented in the film to Martha Whovier by
 Mayor May Who, runs approximately two hours on a single electric charge and
 comes complete with windshield and working head and taillights.  ($25,000 -
 Page 148).
 
     TRUE MIRROR:  Neiman Marcus pays tribute to its past by bringing back
 playful gifts known as "Things You Never Knew You Needed."  The True Mirror
 lets you see yourself as the world does, not in reverse as in conventional
 mirrors.  Seeing yourself in the way you see other people can also produce a
 deeper self-understanding, and seeing your expressions as others do can help
 you see how you come across to other people.  Framed by hardwood, the mirror
 is 10" Sq.  ($300 - Page 159).
 
     AIBO:  AIBO, the Entertainment Robot from SONY, is imbued with the most
 advanced artificial intelligence technology, enabling this four-legged marvel
 to display six different emotions, to learn and react to its surroundings and
 voice commands, and to become a loveable family "pet" and companion.  AIBO, in
 NM exclusive orange, can take digital photographs, send and receive e-mail,
 read those messages to you and even make gestures reflecting the nature of the
 message.  ($2,530 - Page 128).
 
     INDIAN MOTORCYCLES:  America's first motorcycle celebrates the
 100th anniversary of the brand with the introduction of a classically-designed
 cycle exclusively for Neiman Marcus customers.  It features a powerful
 88-cubic inch engine with a constant mesh five-speed foot shift.  This special
 edition, limited to just 75 customers, comes in silver and pearl white with a
 black saddle bag with leather fringe, custom chrome, and leather handgrips.
 ($24,500 - Page 116).
 
     PRECIOUS JEWELRY:  Straight from the mother lode to the ear lobe:  Famed
 jewelry company de Grisogono creates drops available in Black/White Diamond
 ($56,500), Ruby/Emerald ($50,500), and Ruby/Diamond ($51,000) fashions, set in
 18-kt. white gold.  (Page 21).  The House of Buccellati offers a trio of
 stunning watches -- the 18-kt. yellow and white gold square-faced
 "Agalmachron" with full diamond pave dial ($26,000), the "Oktachron" with
 octagonal face of 18-kt. yellow gold and yellow diamond pave dial ($29,000),
 and the 18-kt. yellow gold, round-faced "Eliochron," featuring a glistening
 pave diamond dial ($26,000).  All are finished with a black leather strap over
 an 18-kt. gold bracelet.  (Page 22).  The Piaget Polo, updated for the new
 millennium, features a seamless integrated bracelet of alternating brushed and
 polished gold, in large ($16,500) or small ($11,500) sizes.  (Page 135).
 
     The bestowing of philanthropic gifts is another long-standing Neiman
 Marcus Christmas Book tradition, with a deserving organization selected each
 year to benefit from sales of featured items.  For the 2001 holiday season, a
 percentage of proceeds from Cover Art-inspired items and gifts displayed on
 pages six through 11 will be awarded to the Inner-City Games, which provides
 more than a half million disadvantaged young Americans access to after-school
 and summertime activities.
     Inner-City Games Foundation Chairman Arnold Schwarzenegger, who founded
 the program in Los Angeles in 1991, focused on sports clinics and competitions
 as the "hook" to get youngsters involved, enabling the organization to direct
 them to other disciplines, such as art, dance, music and dramatic arts.  The
 Inner-City Games now operates in 15 major U.S. cities.
     The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book will be distributed to millions of homes
 in the United States and abroad.  To inquire about Christmas Book merchandise
 or to place an order, call 1-800-825-8000.  The Neiman Marcus Web site,
 www.neimanmarcus.com , showcases the entire Christmas Book online.
 Subscriptions to the 2001 Christmas Book can be ordered for $10 by calling
 1-800-NEIMANS (634-6267).
 
                     MEDIALINK SATELLITE TRANSMISSION TIMES
 
      Video News Release (VNR) Distribution Schedule
      Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2001
      1st:  2:00 - 2:30 PM ET GE 2, Transponder 6, Downlink Frequency 3820 H,
      Audio 6.2-6.8
 
     The movie Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (C) 2000 Universal
 Studios.  Based on How the Grinch Stole Christmas! book and characters (TM)
 and (C) Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. 1957.  Licensed by Universal Studios
 Licensing Inc., All Rights Reserved.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X15881245
 
 SOURCE  Neiman Marcus