Neiman Marcus Unveils the 80th Edition of Its Legendary Christmas Book Promising a One-of-a-Kind Gift-Giving Experience

With Holiday Gifts That Are Literally Out-of-This-World, The 2006 Christmas

Book Features a Charter to Space, Luxury Pet Homes and a Sports Celebrity

Dream Package, Among Other Extraordinary Gifts

Neiman Marcus Selects the Joe Torre Safe At Home(TM) Foundation as This

Year's Featured Charity



Oct 03, 2006, 01:00 ET from Neiman Marcus

    DALLAS, Oct. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Neiman Marcus, the specialty retailer
 renowned for close to a century for its stellar customer service and unique
 luxurious offerings, continues its commitment to making holiday dreams a
 reality as it unveils the 2006 Christmas Book today in Dallas.
     The 80th edition of the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book features an
 extraordinary collection of fantasy gifts sure to satisfy those seeking the
 ultimate in gift-giving as well as practical shoppers with luxurious taste.
 Highlights from this year's edition include, among others: a Virgin
 Galactic(R) Charter to Space, an All-Star Sports Celebrity Dream Package,
 and a His and Hers Commuter Twike vehicle. This year's featured car is the
 2007 BMW(R) Individual M6 Convertible.
     First published in 1926 as a 16-page catalog, the Neiman Marcus
 Christmas Book was initially intended as a Christmas card to the store's
 best customers. Building on tradition through the years, the book has
 maintained its personal touch while evolving into a legendary source for
 alluring and mystical gifts that marks the start of the holiday season.
     "This year's selection of enticing and desirable fantasy gifts is
 another example of the unique and high-quality holiday offerings our
 dedicated customers have come to know and love," said Brendan Hoffman,
 President and CEO of Neiman Marcus Direct. "Gift-givers everywhere can
 officially kick off the holiday season by browsing these spectacular
 presents in the Christmas Book and by visiting http://www.neimanmarcus.com
 ."
     Included among the assortment of gifts in this year's Christmas Book
 are some remarkable items:
     VIRGIN GALACTIC(R) CHARTER TO SPACE
     When you charter Virgin Galactic for a journey into space, the heavens
 are truly within reach. Burt Rutan, whose SpaceShipOne(R) has already
 completed three space missions, is being funded by Virgin to build a
 larger, commercial version exclusively for Virgin Galactic. SpaceShipTwo(R)
 will detach from its launching aircraft approximately 10 miles up, fire its
 custom-designed hybrid rocket, and propel you into space. About 63 miles
 above sea level, you will experience weightlessness firsthand. After
 returning to Earth, each astronaut and a guest will enjoy luxury
 accommodations on Necker Island and four nights of all-inclusive
 festivities on Sir Richard Branson's private island retreat in the British
 Virgin Islands. This luxurious stay on Necker Island as well as a
 six-person charter of SpaceShipTwo is being offered exclusively by Neiman
 Marcus. With events on land, in the air, and in space, this is the ultimate
 getaway. ($1,764,000.00 for six-person space trip charter; page 87)
     PENCIL SKYSCRAPER BY THE ART GUYS
     Since 1983, Michael Galbreth and Jack Massing, The Art Guys, have made
 lively, engaging art that is the antithesis of stuffed-shirt
 intellectualism. Meticulously crafted of thousands of No. 2 pencils
 precision-sharpened to exactly the right sizes, "Bonded Activity #55
 (Skyscraper)" is a one-of-a-kind sculpture that reaches a full seven feet
 into the air and has a 36-square-inch base. Your gift includes a 47-inch by
 90-inch framed original work that outlines in exquisite detail the methods
 used in this unique piece of art. Similar smaller-scale 20-inch tall pencil
 sculptures are also available for your tabletop. ($40,000.00 and $6,000.00;
 page 88)
     HIS AND HERS TWIKE COMMUTER VEHICLE
     Our His & Hers Twike commuter vehicle is completely gasoline-,
 emission-, and guilt-free. This cozy two-seater features a zero-emission
 electric power system that can be supplemented with human pedal power, as
 desired. Weighing less than 600 pounds, Swiss and German engineers have
 designed it with lightweight aluminum alloys and reinforced floors. Its
 state-of-the-art, six- kilowatt hour, nickel-alloy batteries can be fully
 charged from a regular household outlet. Powered by a three-kilowatt
 electric motor, it can achieve speeds of up to 55 miles per hour with a
 range of up to 90 miles per charge. Our NM(R) exclusive edition features a
 sporty British racing green exterior to balance its silver-gray interior,
 velour carpeting and leather seats. ($40,000; page 89)
     GG QUAD
     Rolling the power and performance of a European sports car into the
 agility and open-air freedom of a motorcycle, this intoxicating machine is
 the first-of-its-kind: a high-performance quad machine that is street legal
 (pending U.S. Department of Transportation and individual state licensing
 requirements). Masterminded by Swiss automotive engineers, it offers the
 best of both worlds. The four-wheel independent-suspension system has
 hydraulic struts to level all four wheels on the road at all times, even
 when cornering at 115 mph, the GG Quad's top speed. Our exclusive offering
 includes an NM(R) orange paint finish and side storage panniers.
 ($56,465.00; page 90)
     THE CLUB AT CASTIGLION DEL BOSCO(R)
     Founded in the 12th century, Castiglion Del Bosco ("Castle in the
 Woods") is nestled among the ruins of a medieval fortress on 4,500 rolling
 acres overlooking the timeless Val D'Orcia. There are 21 villas, 150 acres
 of vineyards, and a working winery famous for its Brunello di Montalcino
 wine. Each 3,000- to 6,000-square foot villa is being renovated and
 furnished to offer a host of luxury amenities, including a private heated
 swimming pool, a luxury vehicle for use during visits, and comprehensive
 daily hospitality and concierge services. The 120 available memberships
 include: virtually unrestricted yearly time in the villas (subject only to
 the Club's Reservation and Use Plan), unlimited use of all other amenities
 year-round, and a case of each year's vintage. Each membership is active in
 perpetuity and can be handed down for future generations to enjoy.
 ($3,800,000.00; page 92)
     JACQUES FATH ARCHIVES
     Jacques Fath opened his couture salon in Paris in 1937 and became one
 of the first French designers to export haute couture collections to the
 United States. By 1947, his sweeping skirts were reshaping a global
 industry still in its infancy. Sadly, his career was cut short with his
 death in 1954 and the close of the couture line two years later. Fath had a
 profound impact on popular culture and unlike most designers, kept
 meticulous records of his design sketches. In partnership with Rita Watnick
 of Lily et Cie, we proudly offer a rare chronicle of historic significance:
 the only archival record of the House of Fath. This museum-quality
 collection includes 26 volumes of original sketchbooks from 1948 through
 1956, with more than 3,400 couture designs, and three exquisite Fath haute
 couture dresses, each with its accompanying sketch. ($3,500,000.00; page
 93)
     LIMITED-EDITION PET HOMES
     To celebrate that spirit of blissful two- and four-legged cohabitation,
 we present luxury pet homes from Italian designer Marco Morosini. The
 retro- style Nomad is designed for transport, featuring wheels and crafted
 of poplar with an interior rug and coordinating wallpaper. The ultra-modern
 Good Life provides the perfect setting to receive guests - inside its
 minimalist 44-inch crystal case is your pooch's very own plush armchair of
 Italian leather. Both homes will accommodate pets up to seven pounds and
 are carefully handcrafted by Italian artisans for indoor use. Our exclusive
 editions are limited to only ten of each style, and each will be numbered
 and signed by the designer. ($5,000.00 and $7,000.00; page 94)
     BACKYARD WATER PARK
     We joyously present the extreme backyard water park by Waterplay(R).
 Built on your level site, this gift package offers the best of a
 professional water park with none of the hassles. Our exclusive package
 includes 26 interactive water columns, maneuverable cannons, spray faces,
 water games, and ground sprays that encourage creative play. Rest assured
 safety has been designed in. This one-level, obstacle-free water park can
 be enjoyed by little ones (and big kids) of all ages, ability levels, sizes
 and mobility levels. Our gift package includes a programmable control panel
 to optimize water usage. A customized package for your space and interests
 is available. (Beginning at $100,000.00; page 95)
     ALL-STAR SPORTS CELEBRITY DREAM PACKAGE: CHARITY AUCTION
     We've all daydreamed about inviting a sports hero to dinner. This
 year's Christmas Book charity event makes those dreams come true ... and
 helps make families safer at home. Be the high bidder and purchase our
 Dream Package, and you and three of your lucky guests will enjoy VIP
 travel, accommodations and tickets to six incredible pro sports events: the
 2007 NHL(R) All-Star Game in Dallas; Super Bowl XLI(R) in South Florida;
 the 2007 NBA(R) All-Star Game in Las Vegas; the 2007 Major League
 Baseball(R) All-Star Game in San Francisco; the 2007 US Open Tennis
 Championships Women's Final in Queens, NY; and a bonus surprise event (it's
 a secret, but you're going to love it). Amazing, but it gets much better.
 While at each event, your group will have the once-in-a- lifetime
 opportunity to share a private meal with a living legend from that sport.
 Talk Stanley Cup(R) prospects with hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. Get
 football insight from Super Bowl quarterback Troy Aikman. Ask basketball
 legend Magic Johnson how he perfected his jump shot. Discuss the finer
 points of pitching with Baseball Hall-of-Famer(R) Bob Gibson. Get Chris
 Evert to analyze the US Open Women's Final for you. Learn how to play that
 tricky hole at your favorite Arnold Palmer-designed golf course from the
 man himself. Luxury accommodations will be provided by The Ritz-Carlton(R)
 with first-class travel via American Airlines(R). The very best part: 100%
 of the gross proceeds from our online auction will benefit the Joe Torre
 Safe At Home(R) Foundation. This exceptional foundation is dedicated to
 breaking the cycle of domestic violence and making sure every child has the
 kind of home he or she deserves, where they are safe, loved, happy and
 healthy. Sadly, baseball manager and former All-Star Joe Torre witnessed
 abuse and violence as a child and knows firsthand the devastation it
 causes. In creating this foundation in memory of his dear mother, Margaret,
 Joe has established a resource for community education and awareness as
 well as safe rooms in schools, known as Margaret's Place, for children to
 go. Our Dream Package can make your dreams come true, and most importantly,
 it can profoundly affect the lives of children and make their dreams of
 being happy come true. All in all, it is a win-win situation of epic
 proportions. Pre-qualification for this online auction will start October
 3, 2006. The auction launch date is Tuesday, November 7, 2006, at 5:00 p.m.
 PST, running for ten days and ending on Friday, November 17, 2006, at 5:00
 p.m. PST. The suggested minimum starting bid is $250,000. Only one Dream
 Package is available. For more information on how to participate in this
 ultimate online event, please call 1.877.9NM.GIFT or go to
 http://www.neimanmarcus.com . The Kompolt Online Auction Agency has been
 retained to manage this auction. (Starting at $250,000.00; page 91)
     NM(R) LIMITED-EDITION 2007 BMW(R) Individual M6 Convertible
     The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is proud to showcase the 2007 BMW
 Individual M6 Convertible; only 50 NM Limited-Editions will be made. The
 unmistakable roar of its 5.0-liter, V-10 engine delivering 500 horsepower
 is at your command. Making its debut as a convertible, this M6 has
 everything you crave from a BMW. Its special paint treatment and premium
 interior appointments were created to satisfy the most discerning drivers.
 Your ultimate driving experience includes meeting the BMW of your dreams in
 Munich while enjoying an exclusive European adventure, including two
 business class tickets on Lufthansa(R) from New York, gourmet meals, and
 luxurious accommodations for four nights. You will be privy to "behind the
 scenes" access to BMW culture and have the opportunity to meet with the
 engineers and designers who were involved in the creation of your 2007 BMW
 Individual M6 Convertible. This once-in-a-lifetime trip is scheduled for
 Spring 2007. Your unique opportunity to learn more and order this
 magnificent machine and experience begins at noon EDT on October 18.
 ($139,000.00; page 97)
     The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book will be distributed to nearly two
 million homes throughout the United States and worldwide. Subscriptions to
 the 2006 Christmas Book may be ordered for $15 by calling 1-800-NEIMANS.
 All of the spectacular selections in this year's edition are showcased
 online on the Neiman Marcus website http://www.neimanmarcus.com , making it
 conveniently accessible to all customers.
 
 

SOURCE Neiman Marcus
    DALLAS, Oct. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Neiman Marcus, the specialty retailer
 renowned for close to a century for its stellar customer service and unique
 luxurious offerings, continues its commitment to making holiday dreams a
 reality as it unveils the 2006 Christmas Book today in Dallas.
     The 80th edition of the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book features an
 extraordinary collection of fantasy gifts sure to satisfy those seeking the
 ultimate in gift-giving as well as practical shoppers with luxurious taste.
 Highlights from this year's edition include, among others: a Virgin
 Galactic(R) Charter to Space, an All-Star Sports Celebrity Dream Package,
 and a His and Hers Commuter Twike vehicle. This year's featured car is the
 2007 BMW(R) Individual M6 Convertible.
     First published in 1926 as a 16-page catalog, the Neiman Marcus
 Christmas Book was initially intended as a Christmas card to the store's
 best customers. Building on tradition through the years, the book has
 maintained its personal touch while evolving into a legendary source for
 alluring and mystical gifts that marks the start of the holiday season.
     "This year's selection of enticing and desirable fantasy gifts is
 another example of the unique and high-quality holiday offerings our
 dedicated customers have come to know and love," said Brendan Hoffman,
 President and CEO of Neiman Marcus Direct. "Gift-givers everywhere can
 officially kick off the holiday season by browsing these spectacular
 presents in the Christmas Book and by visiting http://www.neimanmarcus.com
 ."
     Included among the assortment of gifts in this year's Christmas Book
 are some remarkable items:
     VIRGIN GALACTIC(R) CHARTER TO SPACE
     When you charter Virgin Galactic for a journey into space, the heavens
 are truly within reach. Burt Rutan, whose SpaceShipOne(R) has already
 completed three space missions, is being funded by Virgin to build a
 larger, commercial version exclusively for Virgin Galactic. SpaceShipTwo(R)
 will detach from its launching aircraft approximately 10 miles up, fire its
 custom-designed hybrid rocket, and propel you into space. About 63 miles
 above sea level, you will experience weightlessness firsthand. After
 returning to Earth, each astronaut and a guest will enjoy luxury
 accommodations on Necker Island and four nights of all-inclusive
 festivities on Sir Richard Branson's private island retreat in the British
 Virgin Islands. This luxurious stay on Necker Island as well as a
 six-person charter of SpaceShipTwo is being offered exclusively by Neiman
 Marcus. With events on land, in the air, and in space, this is the ultimate
 getaway. ($1,764,000.00 for six-person space trip charter; page 87)
     PENCIL SKYSCRAPER BY THE ART GUYS
     Since 1983, Michael Galbreth and Jack Massing, The Art Guys, have made
 lively, engaging art that is the antithesis of stuffed-shirt
 intellectualism. Meticulously crafted of thousands of No. 2 pencils
 precision-sharpened to exactly the right sizes, "Bonded Activity #55
 (Skyscraper)" is a one-of-a-kind sculpture that reaches a full seven feet
 into the air and has a 36-square-inch base. Your gift includes a 47-inch by
 90-inch framed original work that outlines in exquisite detail the methods
 used in this unique piece of art. Similar smaller-scale 20-inch tall pencil
 sculptures are also available for your tabletop. ($40,000.00 and $6,000.00;
 page 88)
     HIS AND HERS TWIKE COMMUTER VEHICLE
     Our His & Hers Twike commuter vehicle is completely gasoline-,
 emission-, and guilt-free. This cozy two-seater features a zero-emission
 electric power system that can be supplemented with human pedal power, as
 desired. Weighing less than 600 pounds, Swiss and German engineers have
 designed it with lightweight aluminum alloys and reinforced floors. Its
 state-of-the-art, six- kilowatt hour, nickel-alloy batteries can be fully
 charged from a regular household outlet. Powered by a three-kilowatt
 electric motor, it can achieve speeds of up to 55 miles per hour with a
 range of up to 90 miles per charge. Our NM(R) exclusive edition features a
 sporty British racing green exterior to balance its silver-gray interior,
 velour carpeting and leather seats. ($40,000; page 89)
     GG QUAD
     Rolling the power and performance of a European sports car into the
 agility and open-air freedom of a motorcycle, this intoxicating machine is
 the first-of-its-kind: a high-performance quad machine that is street legal
 (pending U.S. Department of Transportation and individual state licensing
 requirements). Masterminded by Swiss automotive engineers, it offers the
 best of both worlds. The four-wheel independent-suspension system has
 hydraulic struts to level all four wheels on the road at all times, even
 when cornering at 115 mph, the GG Quad's top speed. Our exclusive offering
 includes an NM(R) orange paint finish and side storage panniers.
 ($56,465.00; page 90)
     THE CLUB AT CASTIGLION DEL BOSCO(R)
     Founded in the 12th century, Castiglion Del Bosco ("Castle in the
 Woods") is nestled among the ruins of a medieval fortress on 4,500 rolling
 acres overlooking the timeless Val D'Orcia. There are 21 villas, 150 acres
 of vineyards, and a working winery famous for its Brunello di Montalcino
 wine. Each 3,000- to 6,000-square foot villa is being renovated and
 furnished to offer a host of luxury amenities, including a private heated
 swimming pool, a luxury vehicle for use during visits, and comprehensive
 daily hospitality and concierge services. The 120 available memberships
 include: virtually unrestricted yearly time in the villas (subject only to
 the Club's Reservation and Use Plan), unlimited use of all other amenities
 year-round, and a case of each year's vintage. Each membership is active in
 perpetuity and can be handed down for future generations to enjoy.
 ($3,800,000.00; page 92)
     JACQUES FATH ARCHIVES
     Jacques Fath opened his couture salon in Paris in 1937 and became one
 of the first French designers to export haute couture collections to the
 United States. By 1947, his sweeping skirts were reshaping a global
 industry still in its infancy. Sadly, his career was cut short with his
 death in 1954 and the close of the couture line two years later. Fath had a
 profound impact on popular culture and unlike most designers, kept
 meticulous records of his design sketches. In partnership with Rita Watnick
 of Lily et Cie, we proudly offer a rare chronicle of historic significance:
 the only archival record of the House of Fath. This museum-quality
 collection includes 26 volumes of original sketchbooks from 1948 through
 1956, with more than 3,400 couture designs, and three exquisite Fath haute
 couture dresses, each with its accompanying sketch. ($3,500,000.00; page
 93)
     LIMITED-EDITION PET HOMES
     To celebrate that spirit of blissful two- and four-legged cohabitation,
 we present luxury pet homes from Italian designer Marco Morosini. The
 retro- style Nomad is designed for transport, featuring wheels and crafted
 of poplar with an interior rug and coordinating wallpaper. The ultra-modern
 Good Life provides the perfect setting to receive guests - inside its
 minimalist 44-inch crystal case is your pooch's very own plush armchair of
 Italian leather. Both homes will accommodate pets up to seven pounds and
 are carefully handcrafted by Italian artisans for indoor use. Our exclusive
 editions are limited to only ten of each style, and each will be numbered
 and signed by the designer. ($5,000.00 and $7,000.00; page 94)
     BACKYARD WATER PARK
     We joyously present the extreme backyard water park by Waterplay(R).
 Built on your level site, this gift package offers the best of a
 professional water park with none of the hassles. Our exclusive package
 includes 26 interactive water columns, maneuverable cannons, spray faces,
 water games, and ground sprays that encourage creative play. Rest assured
 safety has been designed in. This one-level, obstacle-free water park can
 be enjoyed by little ones (and big kids) of all ages, ability levels, sizes
 and mobility levels. Our gift package includes a programmable control panel
 to optimize water usage. A customized package for your space and interests
 is available. (Beginning at $100,000.00; page 95)
     ALL-STAR SPORTS CELEBRITY DREAM PACKAGE: CHARITY AUCTION
     We've all daydreamed about inviting a sports hero to dinner. This
 year's Christmas Book charity event makes those dreams come true ... and
 helps make families safer at home. Be the high bidder and purchase our
 Dream Package, and you and three of your lucky guests will enjoy VIP
 travel, accommodations and tickets to six incredible pro sports events: the
 2007 NHL(R) All-Star Game in Dallas; Super Bowl XLI(R) in South Florida;
 the 2007 NBA(R) All-Star Game in Las Vegas; the 2007 Major League
 Baseball(R) All-Star Game in San Francisco; the 2007 US Open Tennis
 Championships Women's Final in Queens, NY; and a bonus surprise event (it's
 a secret, but you're going to love it). Amazing, but it gets much better.
 While at each event, your group will have the once-in-a- lifetime
 opportunity to share a private meal with a living legend from that sport.
 Talk Stanley Cup(R) prospects with hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. Get
 football insight from Super Bowl quarterback Troy Aikman. Ask basketball
 legend Magic Johnson how he perfected his jump shot. Discuss the finer
 points of pitching with Baseball Hall-of-Famer(R) Bob Gibson. Get Chris
 Evert to analyze the US Open Women's Final for you. Learn how to play that
 tricky hole at your favorite Arnold Palmer-designed golf course from the
 man himself. Luxury accommodations will be provided by The Ritz-Carlton(R)
 with first-class travel via American Airlines(R). The very best part: 100%
 of the gross proceeds from our online auction will benefit the Joe Torre
 Safe At Home(R) Foundation. This exceptional foundation is dedicated to
 breaking the cycle of domestic violence and making sure every child has the
 kind of home he or she deserves, where they are safe, loved, happy and
 healthy. Sadly, baseball manager and former All-Star Joe Torre witnessed
 abuse and violence as a child and knows firsthand the devastation it
 causes. In creating this foundation in memory of his dear mother, Margaret,
 Joe has established a resource for community education and awareness as
 well as safe rooms in schools, known as Margaret's Place, for children to
 go. Our Dream Package can make your dreams come true, and most importantly,
 it can profoundly affect the lives of children and make their dreams of
 being happy come true. All in all, it is a win-win situation of epic
 proportions. Pre-qualification for this online auction will start October
 3, 2006. The auction launch date is Tuesday, November 7, 2006, at 5:00 p.m.
 PST, running for ten days and ending on Friday, November 17, 2006, at 5:00
 p.m. PST. The suggested minimum starting bid is $250,000. Only one Dream
 Package is available. For more information on how to participate in this
 ultimate online event, please call 1.877.9NM.GIFT or go to
 http://www.neimanmarcus.com . The Kompolt Online Auction Agency has been
 retained to manage this auction. (Starting at $250,000.00; page 91)
     NM(R) LIMITED-EDITION 2007 BMW(R) Individual M6 Convertible
     The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is proud to showcase the 2007 BMW
 Individual M6 Convertible; only 50 NM Limited-Editions will be made. The
 unmistakable roar of its 5.0-liter, V-10 engine delivering 500 horsepower
 is at your command. Making its debut as a convertible, this M6 has
 everything you crave from a BMW. Its special paint treatment and premium
 interior appointments were created to satisfy the most discerning drivers.
 Your ultimate driving experience includes meeting the BMW of your dreams in
 Munich while enjoying an exclusive European adventure, including two
 business class tickets on Lufthansa(R) from New York, gourmet meals, and
 luxurious accommodations for four nights. You will be privy to "behind the
 scenes" access to BMW culture and have the opportunity to meet with the
 engineers and designers who were involved in the creation of your 2007 BMW
 Individual M6 Convertible. This once-in-a-lifetime trip is scheduled for
 Spring 2007. Your unique opportunity to learn more and order this
 magnificent machine and experience begins at noon EDT on October 18.
 ($139,000.00; page 97)
     The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book will be distributed to nearly two
 million homes throughout the United States and worldwide. Subscriptions to
 the 2006 Christmas Book may be ordered for $15 by calling 1-800-NEIMANS.
 All of the spectacular selections in this year's edition are showcased
 online on the Neiman Marcus website http://www.neimanmarcus.com , making it
 conveniently accessible to all customers.
 
 SOURCE Neiman Marcus