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Shop Talk: Barrie Wexner-Wurzburg


How did you become involved in your family’s business? I worked throughout my teens in the family business, and after college I knew I wanted to join it full time. That was in 1977, and I’m so fortunate to have worked for so many years with both my grandfather and my father.

Tell us about Wexner Companies? The Wexner Companies is the parent company. We have two Joseph stores: our Memphis store and the one in New Orleans.

How does Joseph do so well in such a tough trading environment? We are an intimate, highly focused specialty store. We have long term relationships with our clients. Coming to Joseph is an experience. We travel the world to bring the best of highly curated collections to our customers. Joseph is synonymous with service. There are very few specialty stores in this country that have the offerings that we have.

Can you tell us about any pieces you particularly love right now? That is very difficult as there is so much that I love. We have just received our first shipment of YSL shoes and handbags; they are absolutely fantastic.

Is there anything coming up at Joseph we should know about? We believe in giving back to the communities in the cities where we do business, and this fall we had an event supporting Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.  

Is there anything else you’d like to add? My grandfather started the business 88 years ago in 1930 in Memphis, Tennessee, and now we’re a fourth generation family business. Elle Wurzburg and cousin Philip Jacobson are the next generation who are passionate about fashion and retail. We love New Orleans and are thrilled to be back in this fantastic city.


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