The perfect store

I dreamed all my life of the perfect store for women. Then I saw Neiman Marcus, and my dream came true.

— Edna Woolman Chase, editor of Vogue (1936), quoted in Commentary 1957
 

Neiman Marcus stores were born in Dallas, Texas, in 1907. It's well known they have always been an american icon for fashion and luxury. But they are also famous for incredible stories, such as the cookie recipe that become viral after an urban legend, and their Christmas Book with Fantasy Gifts, like a private concert with Elton John in 2005, or a $15,000 edible gingerbread playhouse in 2010.

A $15,000 gift
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The famous cookie recipe.

The famous cookie recipe.

Neiman Marcus in Austin, Texas, is the one where you can find my jewelry. A long time partner, they deliver a highly personal experience to every customer.

18k yellow gold big lace flower necklace with petals set with 0.92ct of diamonds - at Neiman Marcus Austin TX

18k yellow gold big lace flower necklace with petals set with 0.92ct of diamonds - at Neiman Marcus Austin TX

A few months ago I receive a call from one of them only to mention the outstanding service she received there while buying my jewelry.

18k yellow gold lace flower ring with one diamond of 0.19ct in the center - at Neiman Marcus Austin TX

18k yellow gold lace flower ring with one diamond of 0.19ct in the center - at Neiman Marcus Austin TX

62.5ct smoky quartz covered with 18k rose gold lace - at Neiman Marcus Austin TX

62.5ct smoky quartz covered with 18k rose gold lace - at Neiman Marcus Austin TX

This is only a sample of Mary Esses jewelry you can find in Austin, Texas. 
Thank you, Neiman Marcus, for this incredible partnership!

Neiman Marcus - Austin
3400 Palm Way, Austin TX 78758 (map)
phone (512)719-1200; (866)880-1293
hours: Mon-Sat 10-8; Sun 12-6



Have an amazing week!

Mary Esses

Retail Partner Spotlight: Reinhold Jewelers

It’s exhilarating for a designer to partner with a retailer and have the opportunity to showcase designs to a new audience. It is even more special when the retail partner is one of the most revered women in the jewelry industry. Thus, I am so lucky to have met Marie Helene Morrow of Reinhold Jewelers, and to have had her believe in me and my collection.

Puerto Rico-based Reinhold Jewelers, as many already know, is a premiere jeweler in the Caribbean, and one of the most respected fine jewelry names in North America. The store was named Top Retailer for Designer Jewelry by the WJA (Women’s Jewelry Association) in 2003. Reinhold Jewelers features work by both local and world-renowned jewelry designers.

President Marie Helene Morrow – a passionate and respected jewelry connoisseur – has become a very good friend of mine over the years. She works hard and knows exactly what she wants and what will work in her store. In June of 2000, JCK magazine profiled her and, if ever a quote summarizes her recipe for success, it is this: “When I go to shows, I look for an artist whose work I will fall in love with… I have to love what I represent.

Along with her confident understanding of jewelry design, I love that Marie Helene doesn’t compromise her personal convictions. Like me, she has a strong belief that women should not have to choose between having a career or a family (Caribbean Business, 2004). In 2010, she was nominated by her peers to receive the Couture Human Spirit Award for being a selfless and committed leader in the jewelry community.

Marie Helene’s incredible energy is expressed through her store and her life. She is constantly aware of everything that is happening in the world, jewelry related or not. She is always open to talk about business, life, or anything… While I was in Puerto Rico for a trunk show at Reinhold, she invited my family and me to her beautiful art-filled home overlooking the beach. We had a wonderful time and, even though my son almost destroyed her home, she still asks about him! 

I’m honored to count her not only among my business associates, but also among my friends.

Retail Partner Spotlight: Ikram

Designers often dream of celebrities wearing their jewelry. That dream came true for me when America’s ultimate “celebrity”—a woman admired not only for her fashion sense, but more for her intelligence and sophistication—donned my jewelry. The woman: Michelle Obama. Yes, our FLOTUS wore my jewelry several times. All thanks to one of my favorite retail partners: Ikram.

Ikram is the premiere fashion boutique in Chicago. A beautiful and eclectic luxury fashion boutique, Ikram features a perfect mix of designer ready-to-wear, accessories, and (of course) fine jewelry. The secret to Ikram’s success is simple: its owner and namesake Ikram Goldman.

Goldman is one of Chicago’s most influential women, and a long-time consultant to the Windy City’s most stylish… including Michelle Obama. Last year, Goldman was voted Top 100 Most Powerful Chicagoans by Chicago Magazine. While known as a fashion consultant to Obama and Chicago’s well-heeled women and celebrities, I especially love that she and her team at Ikram treat every customer like a celebrity.

Given Goldman’s exquisite taste and renowned eye for design (and that she hand-picks Ikram’s finely edited and well respected designer inventory) her decision to start carrying my line right after I began my wholesale business really validated my decision and the collection itself. So, thank you my long time partner!