A born saleswoman, Carrie Marcus Neiman made her family’s department stores synonymous with high-end retail fashion. After Neiman graduated high school in 1902, she became top salesperson for A. Harris and Company. She married Al Neiman in 1905 and, together with her husband and her brother Herbert Marcus, opened their flagship department store in Dallas in 1907. Carrie Neiman was a pioneer of retail clothing at a time when most women either sewed their own clothes or went to dressmakers. She selected ready-to-wear garments with an eye for fashion and quality that enabled Texas’s nouveau riche to find clothes that would help them navigate their rarified new social circles. Neiman divorced her husband in 1928 due to his infidelities, and her brother Herbert bought out her husband’s shares. After Herbert’s death in 1950, Carrie Neiman took his place as chair of the board. She died three years later, the same month that Holiday magazine proclaimed her a symbol of elegance.
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Carrie Marcus Neiman." (Viewed on May 24, 2019) <https://jwa.org/people/neiman-carrie>.