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

February 8, 2017

 

Today as a part of our Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S series we’d like to introduce our Director of Women’s and Personal Shopper, Blair Dame. He has been a part of our family for eight years. Blair Dame has always had a love for fashion, as he explains, “I wake up every morning looking at fashion – it makes me breathe. I am very visual and this is what channels my life!” Hear Blair’s style advice and first designer piece he purchased through a series of questions in our eleventh Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S interview.

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

February 4, 2017

 

Today as a part of Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S series we’d like to introduce our Data Analyst, David Wiers. He has been a part of our family for two years. David is an important member of Heart of House as he is always on the pursuit to gain and share knowledge with our team, which is a direct reflection of our Core Values at A.K. RIKK’S. He has always known in one way or another he would be in the fashion industry – as he explains, “What I do as a data analyst is to collect, process, and perform statistical analyses, which are very black and white but I work in a world such as fashion that is based on emotions, feelings, and perspectives. I find there is an interesting balance because there is a science behind business but there is not a science behind style.” Get to know who David’s style muses are and his perspective on fashion through a series of questions in our tenth Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S interview.

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

February 2, 2017

 

Today as a part of Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S series we’d like to introduce our Personal Shopper and DSA, Jordan Hill. He has been a part of our family for almost five years. Jordan’s love for customer service and fashion is shown through his dedication to providing his clients with the right pieces to enhance their style. As he states, “Style showcases your individuality. My mission is to figure out my clients style and where they draw inspiration from. I am then able to show them the right designers to have them always feeling their absolute best.” Get to know what Jordan’s favorite trend of the moment is and what he finds most intriguing about fashion through a series of questions in our ninth Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S interview.

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

January 28, 2017

 

Today as a part of Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S series we’d like to introduce our Personal Shopper, Karina Williams. She has been a part of our family for almost three years. Karina is a wonderful mother and implements the family atmosphere everyday she is working- with her clients and her coworkers. She explains how she keeps her style fresh, “I love street style. Just seeing the way people dress whether here in Grand Rapids or in New York City – their day to day style always intrigues me. I find the most inspiration from people watching.” Get to know who Karina’s style muses are and how she transitions her style season to season through a series of questions in our eighth Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S interview.

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

January 25, 2017

 

Today as a part of Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S series we’d like to introduce our Director of Business Development and Personal Shopper, Ben Tobar. Ben has been a member of the A.K. RIKK’S family for ten years and has an immense appreciation and understanding for the details – he explains, “I enjoy watching those that have come and gone before us. Cary Grant, Miles Davis, Hemingway, Picasso. They were always playful with the details. Style to me is a conversation. Not everyone may understand the dialogue, but fashion allows me to speak non-verbally.” Get to know where Ben believes the “eye” for future seasons come from through a series of questions in our seventh Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S interview.

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