DFW Beauty News: Neiman Marcus Fort Worth OPEN

Photo Credit Jason Voinov for Neiman Marcus

Photo Credit Jason Voinov for Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus’ new Fort Worth location opens to the public Friday, February 10, 2017 at The Shops at Clearfork.  The store’s prior location at Ridgmar Mall closed Saturday, January 28, 2017.

Neiman Marcus Fort Worth partnered with several companies including Alamo Architects, CallisonRTKL, and J. Robert Anderson Landscape Architecture to create a modern 21st century icon through the use of local inspiration and innovative technology. 

The nearly 95,000 square foot store features numerous exclusive vendors, exciting new services, an NM Cafe, a new open-sell concept in Cosmetics, and private spa rooms enhancing the overall customer experience.  Category offerings include Couture Salon, Sport Shop, Designer Sportswear, CUSP/Contemporary, Dress Collections, Designer Coats, Intimate Apparel, Hosiery, Designer Handbags, Designer Jewelry and Precious Jewels Salon, Ladies Shoe Salon, Cosmetics and Fragrance, Sunglasses and Accessories, The Man’s Store, Gifts and Home, and Epicure. The store has two entrances with valet parking located under a large canopy at the east entrance, as well as a parking garage for self-parking.

"Neiman Marcus is thrilled to continue serving our loyal Fort Worth market and welcome new customers to The Shops at Clearfork.  Our ties to Fort Worth are long-standing and we are excited to grow along with the community.  This is a store of the future, offering a reimagined shopping experience.  Neiman Marcus Fort Worth promises to deliver the perfect balance of innovative technology with the service and incomparable fashion and luxury that has been the signature of Neiman Marcus for 110 years.” said Karen Katz, President and CEO of Neiman Marcus Group.

With the customer always at the forefront, Neiman Marcus Fort Worth has enhanced the customer offerings with additional vendor assortments including Prada, Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Co., Derek Lam, and Dolce & Gabbana–all of whom are new to Neiman Marcus Fort Worth.  In addition to the new vendors, Edie Parker and Jay Strongwater created exclusive product with special nods to Fort Worth.  

Cosmetics and Fragrance
Always looking for opportunities to surprise and delight, Neiman Marcus is proud to unveil an entirely new Cosmetic and Fragrance shopping experience designed to evolve with the future of beauty. Customers experience a mix of dedicated brand spaces and open counters encouraging exploration. Products are available for self-service throughout the department. 

The oval shaped, glass walled Fragrance Room offers customers a highly interactive olfactory experience. Created to compliment the open-counter Cosmetics area, product testers are displayed at central banks and organized into eight fragrance categories—Warm and Spicy, Woody, Rose, Floral, Citrus, Gourmand, Green, and Men’s—where customers may test and consider options while bathing in natural sunlight. The user-friendly space grants customers easy access to product via open shelving.

The Beauty Concierges and central Consultation Table are readily available for those seeking additional guidance. Complimentary makeup consultations and applications are provided.

Precious Jewels Salon
The Precious Jewels Salon is a true jewel box.  The area’s focal wall consists of linear metal work resembling the continuous lines found in metal branding irons.  Floating vitrines within the metal work display the product.  Behind the wall is a luxurious and discrete presentation room providing customers the utmost privacy while trying on product offerings.  New and noteworthy designers being introduced to this market are David Webb, Elizabeth Locke, Marco Bicego, Roberto Coin, Hermès, Bulgari, and Monica Rich Kosann.
 
The Man’s Store
Inspired by environmental textures from the store’s surroundings, long, leather and suede wrapped panels create an open floor-to-ceiling divider, identifying Men’s Shoes amidst The Man’s Store. The banks and bunkers in Men’s Shoes depart from the slick and smooth and instead offer a raw, burned wood texture complete with modern and bold cowhide inspired bolsters. Rebar shelves and powder-coated metal work are found throughout The Man’s Store.  New and noteworthy vendors in The Man’s Store include Brunello Cucinelli, Ermenegildo Zegna, Balenciaga footwear, Buscemi, Zanotti, Gucci ready to wear and sunglasses, Bally, MCM, and Magnanni, in addition to a new Canali shop. 

Gifts and Home
The Gifts and Home department is bookended by two molded concrete tables and built-in flatware drawers under tabletop displays provide easy viewing of a wide variety of Neiman Marcus’ offerings.  A Gifts and Home kiosk allows customers to view video content from various vendors, providing deeper product knowledge.   Vendor highlights include Jay Strongwater, Jan Barboglio, Waterford, Mackenzie-Childs, Gray Malin, Daum, Mantas Ezcary, Hermès, and Assouline.

Customer Experience and Services
Adding to the service level and experience of shopping at Neiman Marcus, the Fort Worth location boasts several noteworthy tech offerings such as a ChargeItSpotstation, two Memory Mirrors, eight Memory Makeover™ Mirrors and one Sunglass Mirror®, as well as two interactive advances in CUSP–Alert Tech fitting room technology and Rockbot, a modern day interpretation of a jukebox.  Digital directories are found at store entrances and the customer service area to offer a quick search of department and vendor locations, in-store events, and promotions.

The store offers The Club Room for Men (an enhanced dressing lounge), The Girlfriend Room (an intimate area designed for friends to discuss clothing options and use Neiman Marcus’ iconic Memory Mirror), gift wrap, alterations, catering, private spa rooms, and more.

NM Cafe
The NM Cafe offers a gracious full-service dining experience located on the second floor.  In addition to traditions like Neiman Marcus’ famous popovers and strawberry butter, chicken consommé, and the mandarin orange soufflé, the restaurant offers seasonal salads, sandwiches and entrées crafted from artisanal and local ingredients when available. The full-service bar includes an excellent selection of wine, beer, specialty cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages. The NM Cafe is open from 11am-4pmMonday through Saturday, with Sunday brunch specials from 12pm-4pm.

History
In 1848, Lemuel J. Edwards moved from Missouri to Texas and settled along the Clear Fork on the Trinity River, establishing a home for the Edwards family and the birthplace of their legendary ranch. In time, the ranch would span over 7,000 acres towards present day 7th Street near downtown Fort Worth, southwest along the Clear Fork Valley and on toward the present day city of Benbrook.  Today, the fifth and sixth generations of the Edwards family still actively manage the remaining portions of the Edwards Ranch land. At the core of their development philosophy remains a great respect for the land and its historical importance to Fort Worth. Carrying forward a vision sustained by patience and stewardship, The Shops at Clearfork showcases the dedication of the Edwards family’s vision and legacy.

"Opening Neiman Marcus Fort Worth on the historic Edwards Ranch is an extraordinary opportunity to bring culture and fashion together in the heart of our city,” said Scott Mitchell, VP, General Manager of Neiman Marcus Fort Worth.  “It is an honor to continue to serve the Fort Worth community on the beautiful, historic Edwards Ranch.” 

Developers
Simon and Cassco Development Co. partnered to develop the first phase of shopping, dining, and entertaining at Clearfork.  Situated on the legendary Edwards Ranch, The Shops at Clearfork is a 500,000 square foot open-air, luxury retail destination.  While maintaining a great respect of the land, the new development has been created to reflect the historical importance.  
        
“Neiman Marcus has a deep history in Fort Worth, providing its loyal customers with luxury offerings and unrivaled service. We are pleased to welcome those customers, Neiman Marcus and its employees to their new home in Clearfork. We are delighted to have Neiman’s brand and reputation at The Shops at Clearfork and join Cassco’s vision to create an unparalleled shopping, dining and entertainment experience in Fort Worth.” said Crawford Edwards, Cassco Development Co.

"We are thrilled to be welcoming Neiman Marcus as our first retailer at The Shops at Clearfork," said David Contis, President of Simon Malls.  “This will be the first of many new retailers, home furnishing stores, restaurants, and entertainment uses opening in 2017."

The addition of Neiman Marcus at The Shops at Clearfork will be the first of many new retailers, home furnishing stores, restaurants, and entertainment uses opening in 2017.”

Architecture
Alamo Architects, who also designed Neiman Marcus Austin, took special care to ensure the store’s exterior drew upon the surrounding area’s natural features and climate.  The building façade draws inspiration from woven fabric patterns. Created with artisanal pre-cast concrete in Hillsboro, Texas, these sustainable panels, uniquely handcrafted for Neiman Marcus Fort Worth, are reflective of the high quality, handmade items within its walls.  Several of the bespoke concrete panels feature white and clear hand-broken quartz, glistening dramatically throughout the day as the sun casts upon them.  Unique within the confines of construction material, this level of craft is a true architectural marvel.  

“When Alamo Architects was challenged to imagine a unique new Neiman Marcus for Texas in the 21st century we turned to the culture, setting and climate of Fort Worth for inspiration,” said Billy Lawrence, Founding Principal, Alamo Architects.  “State-of-the-art technology was used to create a bespoke exterior of artisanal pre-cast concrete.  This modern mix of innovation and craftsmanship personifies Neiman Marcus at its core.  This project has been both a true challenge and honor."  

Interior
Neiman Marcus Fort Worth’s interior, designed by CallisonRTKL, holds closely to Fort Worth’s rich heritage by offering a bright and inviting ambiance for customers, reflective of the Clearfork development.  To mirror the modern spirit innate to Fort Worth, culturally significant items evoking the history of Fort Worth were reinterpreted into the approachable space.  Throughout the store, textures such as rope, leather and rebar are used in new and unusual ways that invite closer inspection.   A hallmark of all Neiman Marcus stores, the use of light and air allows the customer to feel comfortable and provides a perfect setting for Neiman Marcus’ distinctive edit of beautiful goods.  

“As a Texan, and as a long time consultant to Neiman Marcus, it is extremely satisfying to have participated in the development of this new store at The Shops at Clearfork. The setting, an open-air lifestyle center, is a contrast to the modernist interior of the store, with numerous, abstracted references to its Fort Worth setting.” said Mike Wilkins, Vice President of CallisonRTKL.

Landscape
Regional landscape specialist, Bob Anderson FASLA, of J. Robert Anderson Landscape Architects, called upon the lines of the building’s architecture to ensure those same ideas translated into the landscape. Using the building’s cues, he used self-sustaining plants, grasses and trees including Lindheimer’s Muhly, Crape Myrtle and Texas Sage. Bordered by decorative buff-hued pavers, Salvia Greggii and Gulf Coast Muhly’s whispy fronds bloom wildly throughout the seasons. To ensure the landscape was environmentally conscious, drip irrigation was installed to water the native and adapted plants selected.

Art
Keeping in the Neiman Marcus tradition, Neiman Marcus Fort Worth concentrates on bringing new works from local artists or artists with strong ties to the area.  Neiman Marcus worked directly with various galleries, dealers, and artists to assemble the collection. Neiman Marcus has purchased original Halston sketches, found in each of the eight Couture fitting rooms.  Ninety percent of the art brought over from the previous store was handpicked by Stanley Marcus, while several new artists were tapped for The Shops at Clearfork location, including John Holt Smith, Carol Benson, Matt Clark & Jackson Echols, Charlotte Smith, and Marcelyn McNeil.

Charitable Giving
Since the company’s inception in 1907, Neiman Marcus has had a rich history of supporting its communities.  In 2013, the focus was refined to target Neiman Marcus’ charitable giving toward organizations that provide enriching arts education and experiences to youth. 

Neiman Marcus Fort Worth selected the Creative Arts Program at Cook Children’s Medical Center to receive a donation in honor of its Fort Worth arrival at The Shops at Clearfork. The gift has a direct impact on the health and wellbeing of Cook Children’s patients by supplying the tools needed for creative expression.  Neiman Marcus is saluting the Cook Children’s partnership by selecting a collection of existing patient art, as well as new curated art, displayed at the valet entrance store window to celebrate the grand opening.  

“Cook Children’s and Neiman Marcus have each made a commitment to serving the children and families in our community, so the partnership between our two organizations is a natural fit,” said Grant Harris, Vice President of Cook Children’s Health Foundation. “We are honored to be the beneficiary of this event, and we so appreciate the support of art therapy that allows our patients the opportunity to express feelings, manage pain and cope with hospitalization through the arts.”

Neiman Marcus Fort Worth is proud to present a unique mix of exceptional product, extraordinary services, modern technology, art, and architecture and design at The Shops at Clearfork new location.