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Men’s European Fashion Week Roundup

January 26, 2018

For those who follow fashion, you know that the Fall 2018 Menswear season debuts each January. So far this year, Menswear Fashion Week has visited London (January 6-8), Milan (January 12-15), and Paris (January 17-21). In fact, our buying team, Creative Director, and President attended a number of these shows. They were up close and personal with the brands and people you love, getting inspiration and direction for how A.K. Rikk’s can keep our clients looking classic, yet modern and on trend. So far, here is what we are seeing (with quotes from Vogue.com writers who were in attendance)…

Belstaff:

Wartime dispatch rider’s coats (long, copious, and cozy) were recast in black shearling or an off-olive calf, while high-cut bikers in black leather were remixed via panels of leopard and black velvet, or speckled with a fine white paint-spatter effect… The main attraction here though was the outerwear, with the Trialmaster top of the bill. – Luke Leitch

Etro:

Almost camouflaged in this habitat, the abitos (suits) worth inhabiting included check topcoats with rough-edged hems and malachite brooches and pins at the lapel, velvet coats with contrasting paisley collars, trousers in leather corduroy, marble patterned and riotously psychedelic bombers and suits, woolen coats with horse embroideries trailing yarn fringes, Bruce Chatwin felt hats, brocade-edged robe coats, carpet backpacks, and neck chains linked through antique teaspoons. – Luke Leitch

Brunello Cucinelli:

While in keeping with the well-established Cucinelli look, there were subtle tweaks on fit, which was slightly looser, and on proportions, with jackets and pants slightly longer: just-nuanced improvements, detected only by the trained eye and by the many diehard Cucinelli aficionados, but effective in giving the look a fresh update. As for the made-in-Italy fabrics, corduroy velvet was treated almost as cashmere, feathery light and supple, for comfortably stylish pantsuits paired with cloud-like alpaca sweaters. Shearling peacoats were likewise buttery soft. Styling was kept simple yet layered; colors were warm and tonal. Like everything else in the collection, they were tastefully blended and balanced with flair. – Tiziana Cardini

Ermenegildo Zegna:

“The show was partially inspired by the Oasi Zegna, the Alpine nature reserve around the family company’s home base… A major part of the collection were the sports coats and top coats in double-faced Oasi cashmere, a new fabric whose dyes were all chemical-free and derived from natural ingredients… These were clothes which, like the Oasi, were painstakingly stewarded to look as natural in their beauty as possible… Long felted cashmere coats and even a magnificent cashmere jumpsuit featured semi-articulated pockets with different-color inserts at the seam. There was a lovely matte cotton corduroy used in color-blocked suiting, while pattern was provided via monochrome or yellow-on-black check suits delivered in a brushed alpaca mix, treated both before and after construction to abstract and soften the contrasting colors with blur and texture…This was an elaborately constructed oasis of out-there luxury menswear, perfect for any well funded man in search of shelter from the norm.” – Luke Leitch  

How amazing were these Fall 2018 Menswear collections from some of our favorite brands? We’ll be keeping a keen eye on what’s coming up during Menswear Fashion Week in New York (February 5-8). Want to learn more about what we’re doing? Want to come to one of our events or fashion shows? Stay in the loop by reading the blog, following our social media accounts, and subscribe to our e-mail list.

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New Video: Thank You for our Brunello Cucinelli Event

April 26, 2017

We couldn’t be more excited about our most recent event for Brunello Cucinelli. They are creators of beautiful clothes, but they also provide us with an idea to strive towards. They represent a company that invests in it’s community first and we want to mirror that in Michigan. This fall, we will be introducing our community mandate to the public, inspired by your devotion to assist us. The success of this event has showed us we can make a difference and serve both our clients and the community simultaneously. To all of our clients that were able to attend our event, thank you, for you have helped create a difference in our shared story. Because of you, we are able to donate over $10,000 to our local ALS clinic.


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GQ Declares – The Spring Jacket

March 3, 2017

 

GQ declares the unstructured Sportcoat as the must own piece for Spring… and WE AGREE! Every modern gentlemen should have at least one lightweight jacket hanging in his closet for easy transitions from work life to weekend festivities. With a wide variety of fabrics to traditional and modern patterns there is a jacket for every gents style. Personal Shopper Alexander hand selected his favorite Sportcoats for your wardrobe this season.

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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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The Brunello Cucinelli Story

April 18, 2016

With the help of the Brunello Cucinelli visual team, we have successfully transformed the A.K. Rikk’s Studio into an Umbrian styled pop-up shop – the perfect backdrop for a Fall & Winter 2016 preview. We are reminded of this article in GQ by Jake Woolf when he visited Brunello Cucinelli at Pitti Uomo earlier this year to shed some light on where the brand is going, and where it rooted from.

What’s your favorite thing about designing? Is it discovering new ways to put pieces together? Or more the details that go into a garment?
What we did here is we put together the very same stand booth you see here in advance. Before we come here, we review the outfits, and see which, say, pocket square or pattern works. We want to review the details, because see—if I remove my pocket square, my look is less chic, more normal. Just tiny details. I’ve always loved details. You see, I nearly always wear almost the very same things. But I alter the combinations slightly.

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An Exclusive Q&A with Brunello Cucinelli

October 15, 2015

What can we expect from Brunello Cucinelli Spring 2016?

BC: The SS16 collection expresses a free spirited and modern elegance shown in a variety of combinations, colors, and patterns. Two components of the collection that are very important to us lies in cashmere and luxury sportswear. Lightness, shapes, and layering all play an important role.

Spring outerwear is particularly an important component in the styling and merchandising of the full look. We have had a lot of success in outerwear in our current fall season and continue to invest in this category, whether it be leather or fabric, it remains important for spring.

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Derby Days with A.K. Rikk’s!

May 5, 2014

On Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 a few members of the A.K. crew went down to Chicago to attend the GQ + Woodford Reserve Derby Event. The Godfrey Hotel’s new venue, the I | O Urban Roofscape was the perfect spot to host all of the fashionable and (dare we say it?) dandy guests. We clinked our festive copper glasses with a number of great people including bloggers from The Chicago Chic, local Chicagoans, and the awarded best-dressed guests of the night. Check out our looks as well as a few of our favorite moments from the night!


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In Case You Missed It!!!!!!!

April 28, 2014

A few months ago, we got a call from a woman inquiring about some information on the A.K. Rikk’s women’s department. Among the questions were basic facts like how large of a store we were, how long had we been carrying women’s, and had we ever been featured in the press before (namely larger publications or national/international magazines). That’s when our ears really perked up. Turns out that the woman calling was as a research journalist from non-other than Elle Magazine! After speaking back and forth a few times via email and by phone, we had painted quite a picture of who is and what is A.K. Rikk’s. With no official confirmation, we scoured the internet daily for the tiniest hint of being published and checked the magazine racks until the May issue finally came out. The day came, and there we were! Page 58 in the May 2014 issue of one of the top US women’s fashion magazines! We could not have been more humbled or excited. Thank you, Elle Magazine for the wonderful feature! Check out the full article below!

Elle’s Top Shop: A.K. Rikk’s, 6303 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546;616-957-3242.

WHAT’S THERE: Owner Richard Gaby founded it in 1986 as a men’s store; he has since included women’s wear and home goods, with the goal of becoming Michigan’s premier contemporary lifestyle destination. The 28,000-square-foot space stockpiles cool-kid classics from Alexander Wang, Rick Owens Dark Shadow, and Jason Wu, and Euro showstoppers Valentino and Salvatore Ferragamo.

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Blogging with Brunello

December 5, 2012

Over the past couple days I have experienced deja vu while internet trolling. This vest from Brunello Cucinelli keeps popping up all over, and I am here to let you know that it is available here at A.K.RIKK’S! The whole Winter collection is amazing, but this piece in particular is extra special because it is a new direction for the brand, but still has the quality they are known for. This down vest will never have any of the feathers leave the inside lining because BC has a specially trained craftsman remove all the quills from each feather so that all that is left is warm fluffiness! Bella! It should fit in my stocking if anyone out there is interested…


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Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree…

November 30, 2012

So now that we’re well into the Holiday season, we thought we’d help you out when it comes to your Holiday shopping. The staff here at A.K. Rikk’s chose some of their favorite things in the store to create a women’s and men’s wish list!

Women’s Wish List:

Marc By Marc Jacobs Bag $498

White + Warren wraps $385

alice & olivia red pump $345

Judith Leiber Novelty Cupcake Purse $4295

rag & bone tailcoat $1395

Tom Ford Violet Blonde perfume $185

Marc Jacobs gold watch $250

Green rag & bone hat $195

Red Badgley Mischka gown &595

Olive Brunello Cucinelli overcoat &5615

Tibi sleeveless top $385

Salvatore Ferragamo riding boot $725

Men’s Wish List:

Ralph Lauren silver signet ring $495

Isaia green and navy check sportcoat $3825

Brunello Cucinelli down cardigan jacket $4135

John Varvatos shearling coat $4698

Isaia green cashmere sweater $1295

Brioni reversible down vest $1415

Paul & Shark Corporate Page sweater $585

Donald J Pliner glass beaded loafer $575

Etro Official shoulder bag $1743

Salvatore Ferragamo Double Monk strap shoe $740

Ralph Lauren briefcase $4500


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