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Stanley Marcus, known as Texas’ merchant prince, was associated with Neiman-Marcus of Dallas from 1926 until 1977. Early on, the business was known as “the poshest place on the prairie,” and Marcus’ customers were the rich and the very rich. He spared nothing to keep them happy and parted from big bucks. Founded during the Panic of 1907, Neiman-Marcus became one of the nation’s most exclusive retailers. For one perplexed customer looking for a gift for his wife, Marcus layered cashmere sweaters in a brandy snifter, adding a white angora and a 10-carat ruby ring to top the “parfait.” For the customer, the price was just right: $25,350.