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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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The Headdress in Fashion

December 11, 2013

Last night Chanel hosted a pre-fall show in Dallas. Yep, Karl Lagerfeld in Texas; it sounds like an amazing plot to a hilarious movie. The show was in a barn-like venue at Dallas’ Fair Park and was quite the show. Lagerfeld’s inspiration was the wild west- think cowboys vs. indians. Models walked down the runway with turquoise jewelry, blanket-like coats, and a whole lotta fringes. Sounds great, right?

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“The Ipod is genius. I have 300.”Karl Lagerfeld

This dress is $68,000

June 11, 2013

Yep, you read that right. Sixty-eight THOUSAND.

Stylecaster.com reports that in Saunt Larent’s new SoHo store, there is a little floral babydoll-style dress that you might recognize from their Fall 2013 ad campaign with it-girl Cara Delevinge (see above). And you may think in your head “that’s cute” but as you slowly look at the price, all four years of your college career might flash before your eyes because, yep, you definitely (or probably) paid less in tuition than what that dress is worth.

And you may think in your head, well that doesn’t surprise me because fashion gets pretty expensive. Well, not THIS expensive. A Chanel haute couture gown starts at $30,000. 

So, when you’re at the bar this weekend (or tonight?), and your friend is telling you about a lost Egyptian city revealed after 1,200 years under the sea, drop some knowledge on them and tell them about this $68,000 dress. Boom.


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Golden Globes: A Recap

January 14, 2013

So last night’s Golden Globes were hilarious for several reasons. The first being that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted. They demonstrated that you don’t have to be over-the-top or outrageous to be funny. I just about died when the camera panned to Amy Poehler canoodling with George Clooney. The second reason is Jodie Foster’s very confusing speech and appreciation for Mel Gibson. The speech itself wasn’t funny, just how absolutely confusing it was (Did she just come out? Didn’t she come out a while ago? Wait- what? Did she just retire?). The third reason was Lena Dunham trying to to walk in (Louboutin) heels, leading me to scream “just take them off!” at the television. Glenn Close’s drunk impression was hysterical- love that woman. Lastly, some of the fashion from last night was a little “hilarious.” 

These were our staff’s least favorites:

Dear Halle Berry (in Atelier Versace), 

That dress is shifting things in all the wrong places.

Sincerely, 

A.K. Rikk’s

Jessica Chastain (Calvin Klein Collection), we love your movies, congratulations on the Golden Globe win, however, this is not working for you.

J.Lo in Zuhair Murad: This is a lil’ much, girl. A lil’ too much.

Lea Michele in Elie Saab. Girl, you are TINY. You know you are short! Why is your dress a thousand miles long?

And onto our favorites of the evening!

Kate Hudson in Alexander McQueen was Anne’s favorite

Helen Mirren in Badgley Mischka. This woman is always a knock out.

Michelle Dockery in Alexandre Vauthier: Andrea’s favorite. Just, wow.

Kendra’s favorite: Lucy Liu in Carolina Herrera. We’re not sure if we’re digging her hair, but we love how she went out on a limb here and did something different from everyone else. There was a lot of monotony on the red carpet and we love that she stood out with something young and fun.

Sally Field in Alberta Ferretti

Blair’s favorite: Anne Hathaway in Chanel.

Allison Williams in J. Mendel: Emily’s pick. Those earrings are killer!

Ben’s favorite: Julianne Moore in Tom Ford. This woman was prepared for the cold!

Ultimately, the Golden Globes is the award show to try something fun and not take yourself THAT seriously. A lot of the younger rookies went all out with elaborate dresses with trains and the whole ten yards (we’re looking at you Taylor Swift) while the veterans (ie. Julianne Moore) showed up with beautiful dresses that were fun yet still formal enough for the Golden Globes. Save all that fancy stuff for the Oscars! 


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WGACA + Vintage Chanel trunk show: Interview with Rep. Vlada Drukh on How to tell a Real from a Fake!

November 2, 2012

This weekend we have the very exciting pleasure of housing a fabulous trunk show for What Goes Around Comes Around vintage and a special featured designer: the one and only Chanel! With so many different styles of great bags and one-of-a-kind jewelry, the staff is having a difficult time handing over their paychecks! We sat down with WGACAs representative, Vlada Drukh and asked for her expertise on how to tell what’s real from fake.

Before the 1980s, it was hard to distinguish a real designer bag from a good fake. Counterfeiting became a major issue with designer legitimacy. When Karl Lagerfeld was appointed couturier and head designer, he required each bag to be individually certified as a real Chanel bag. He commissioned a discreet sticker hidden within the bag and a card with a matching serial number to separate them from their fake copies. Chanel started using both because the cards soon became sought after and stolen out of the bags.

Chanel jewelry is a different story. It was primarily 18 karat gold up until recently when they introduced silver and other finer materials, making the vintage pieces more unique. On vintage Chanel, you can find small labeled gold ovals indicating that its the real deal. The older pieces if anything, may only state “Chanel CC Made in France,” the newer vintage pieces also have numbers and letters stamped into the gold identifying specific time periods and collections. For example, in the 1990’s jewelry was tagged with the year and the season. The letter is for the season it was released. A P stands for printemps which is French for spring, an A for autumn or fall. So, for example, you might find an oval with a “P 93,” meaning Spring/Summer Collection of 1993.

To sum it up, look for the labeled oval for real Chanel jewels!

As far as overall rarity for vintage Chanel, Vlada mentioned that anything that has color, stones, glass, pearls, or exotic leathers are the most rare. Classics such as the black quilted bags or entirely gold pieces of jewelry are timeless and will be made time and time again while the colored ones are usually seasonal and will never be remade or updated.

Thanks Vlada for sitting down with us! We hope this little lesson has helped out all you treasure hunters! Dont want to hunt? Weve got a slew of pieces here just waiting to be taken home!


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“Day at the Museum”

October 30, 2012

When most visitors leave our new store, they seem to agree on a few things. One being that we have the best assortment of sought-after brands out there, and the other is that the store is so full of curiosities, it seems kind of like a museum. We are staying true to that observation this weekend by holding our very first showing of vintage Chanel handbags and jewelry. If you need to “behave this month,” or “put something away for the kid’s college fund”….don’t come this Friday. 


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CHANEL Cruise 2012-2013

May 15, 2012

This last week Lagerfeld did it again, this time in the garden at Versailles! The collection had a ton of attitude mixed in with the lines classics. What a venue and a perfect day for the show. I don’t think Karl would have let it rain!

BTW….the soundtrack is by Crookers: “That Laughin Track”


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