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Behind the Seams: Hannah Wilson

December 28, 2017

Today as a part of our Behind the Seams with A.K. Rikk’s series we would like to introduce you to one of our Personal Shoppers, Hannah Wilson. Hannah has been a valuable part of the A.K. Rikk’s family for 8 months! “Being from New York, I was so happy to find a place that fosters creativity and being unique!” We asked Hannah what brought her to A.K. Rikk’s and what makes her tick during her interview!

How did you originally discover A.K. Rikk’s?

I heard of A.K. Rikk’s through word of mouth when I first moved to Grand Rapids. I remember walking into my interview and immediately feeling the warm energy from the team. Everyone was so welcoming, my nerves about interviewing instantly went away! 

What was the first piece you fell in love with at A.K. Rikk’s?

It was a pair of Valentino Rockstud pumps in a camel color! The moment I saw them I knew I had to have them!

What is one of your favorite memories during your time at A.K. Rikk’s?

Definitely our 30th Anniversary celebration; being able to attend such a beautiful event to honor the store’s incredible achievement was something I will never forget.

What was the first piece of luxury fashion you ever owned?

When I graduated college my parents bought me an iconic Chanel bag as a graduation gift! I’ve loved Chanel since I was little and have read a ton of her biographies. A lot of people don’t realize that Gabrielle Chanel was forced to wear black and white to school as a child to identify the fact that she was an orphan. She built a fashion house with the two main colors being black and white, so wealthy people would start wearing them too. I think that idea is brilliant.

Who are your style icons?

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are my style icons! I love their cool twist on minimalistic style. They are also all about proportions and I love oversized everything!

What are your three favorite pieces in your wardrobe?

My Chanel Bag, my Chloé Nile, and my Saint Laurent red crocodile bag… can you tell I love accessories? I want to build a huge collection to pass on eventually.

That concludes this Behind the Seams with A.K. Rikk’s interview. Next time you stop in, be sure to say “hello” to Hannah!


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Creating Experiences and Meeting Clients Where They Are: A.K. Rikk’s Celebrates 30 Years

October 5, 2017

 

We are so excited to be featured in Rapid Growth Media today! Leandra Nisbet wrote a intriguing article about A.K. Rikk’s past 30 years in business and what the next chapter holds.

“Opened in October 1987, A.K. Rikk’s is a premier men’s and women’s apparel retailer, located in Cascade. In addition to their retail sales, team members travel to serve clients throughout the country and provide personal styling. The team, which proudly uses the word family to describe itself, strives to be more than a typical brick-and-mortar retail store. Walking up to the store, guests will note the cobblestone walkway. Upon entering, chandeliers adorn the ceiling, plush furniture abounds, and you will instantly be greeted by a friendly face. “The next chapter of the A.K. Rikk’s story will include the launch of their akrikks.com warehouse, which is set to occur in the next few months. The warehouse will also be located on 28th Street and will take the customer experience digital. It will feature new technology and additional team members. It will provide opportunities to further engage with people outside of the City and meet them where they are and how they’d like to be served.” – Leandra Nisbet

 

Make sure you check out the full article here!

 


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How to Transition Summer Pieces into Fall

September 12, 2017

Summer is coming to end and we’re ready for fall (at least for fall fashion that is!) The question is, what to wear in these fluctuating temps? Comfy fall pieces look oh so good on the racks but sometimes mixing and matching fall pieces with summer pieces can be tricky! We want to show you how to transition them into your fall wardrobe seamlessly. We asked Jordan Hill and Morgan Wallace to help us out with our predicament and they came up with six great suggestions and outfits.

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A Step Towards Higher Service Continues This Fall

September 11, 2017

We are excited to announce our extended fall hours in combination with our continued Monday’s off. With these store hours we can honor A.K. Rikk’s family core values and continue to hold ourselves to our goals and standards. This allows us to deliver to you the highest and most exceptional levels of customer service and are the precise reasons our President, Jim Murray, decided seven months ago A.K. Rikk’s would be closed on Monday’s. Thank you for your continued support we look forward to serving you with our new Fall schedule!

Mondays: Closed

Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 7pm

Saturday: 10am – 5pm

Sunday: Closed

If you have questions, feel free to email Jim@akrikks.com


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A.K. Field Notes – Frederik Meijer Gardens

May 7, 2017

A.K. Field Notes has had the pleasure of experiencing many phenomenal destinations all over the world and today we invite you to expand your cultural perspective with Grand Rapids very own botanic garden, Frederik Meijer Gardens. Located in Grand Rapids, when visiting Meijer Gardens you will find the extraordinary combination of two art forms – horticulture and sculptures. We had the opportunity to sit down with Meijer Gardens President, David Hooker, for a behind the scenes look at what it is like to be a part of destination that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

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Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S – Rick

March 27, 2017

Today as a part of our Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S series we’d like to introduce the Founder and Owner, Rick Gaby. Rick has made a powerful impression on all of our lives over the last thirty years. Personal Shopper Matt Sova said it best, “I’ve been with A.K. RIKK’S for fourteen years and truly enjoy seeing Rick each and every time he comes to the store. I’ve always enjoyed his sense of humor, personality, and the way the store lights up when he is here.” A.K. RIKK’S has always been more than a store, it is a family. For instance with the celebration of Rick’s sixtieth birthday all the clients, friends, and employees came together to give their sentiments in sixty cards. It is with great pleasure that we give you insight into Rick’s perspective as a business owner through this series of questions in our Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S interview.

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Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S – Jim

February 27, 2017

Today as a part of our Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S series we’d like to introduce our President, Jim Murray. He has been a part of our family for eleven years. Jim has traveled all over the world collecting A.K. Field Notes and understands the importance of appreciating where you live. He explains, “Many people ask me why we do not have a store in New York City, Tokyo, Atlanta, or Chicago and the answer is – we’re proud to be in Grand Rapids. Not to say we won’t have other stores at some point but every store we will ever open will be a part of the community that it lives in. That is what makes the store special.” Get to know what holds the most influence on Jim’s perspective through a series of questions in our Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S interview.

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Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S – Brittany

February 17, 2017

 

Today as a part of our Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S series we’d like to introduce our Director of Marketing, Brittany Milnes. She is the newest member to join our family. Brittany finds digital marketing fascinating, as she explains, “The digital landscape is always changing and I want to be on the forefront of what is the most impactful way to market to consumers.” Get to know why Brittany loves the connection between customers and brands through a series of questions in our fourteenth Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S interview.

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Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S – Amy

February 15, 2017

Today as a part of our Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S series we’d like to introduce our Assistant to the President, Men’s Merchandise Coordinator, and Finance Manager,  Amy Carpentier. She has been a part of our family for almost ten years.  Amy finds inspiration from many outlets, including her peers.  She explains, “I have the luxury of working with an eclectic group of individuals here at A.K. RIKK’S with each of them having varying interests and passions which inspires me to grow. I know I can go to any of my co-workers and get insight, whether that be about music, art, or fashion.” Get to know why Amy is looking forward to Men’s Fall Fashion through a series of questions in our thirteenth Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S interview.

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Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S – Courtney

February 9, 2017

Today as a part of our Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S series we’d like to introduce our Women’s Merchandise Coordinator, Courtney Lee. She has been a part of our family for almost three years. A lover of fashion for as long as she can remember, Courtney recalls, “There was this one specific moment when everything changed for me. I was shopping with a friend about six years ago standing in the check out line with a fashion book in my hand and my friend turned to me and said ‘You obviously love fashion don’t you? You need to work in that industry.’ For some reason those words made a huge impact on me and redirected my career focus.” Get to know why Courtney is a full fledged #ChloeGirl through a series of questions in our twelfth Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S interview.

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