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.
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.
Today as a part of Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S series we’d like to introduce our very own Mens Visual Designer Tommy Young! He has been a part of our family for close to a year. You will find Tommy creating visual displays on Mens level 1 and 2 at A.K. RIKK’S. Tommy elaborates, “I have many cities on my architectural bucket list that I want to visit in my life, Sweden being one of them. Even if I haven’t been to a place I admire, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t already have major influence on my designs.” Get to know Tommy’s perspective, inspirations, and design style through a series of questions in our fifth Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S interview.
Today as a part of Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S series we’d like to introduce our Personal Shopper Matt Sova! Matt has been a part of our family for thirteen years and explains, “I’ve always loved everything about the entertainment and fashion industries! It’s about giving everyone an experience and a good laugh. Personal Shopping gives me the opportunity to do all of that.” Matt has always had sparkle about him hence why he is wonderful at Facebook lives. Get to know Matt’s views on style, where he draws inspiration from, and how he is a full blown thrill seeker though a series of questions in our fourth Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S interview.
Today as apart of Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S series we’d like to introduce our Ambassador of Wellness Billy Lanford! He has been apart of our family for two years and without a doubt believes everyone is in control of their own success if they’re dedicated to continual progress toward becoming their best. One of Billy’s favorite quotes that shares insight to his thought process is from Author and Life Coach, Tony Robbins – “If you want to take the island, then burn your boats. With absolute commitment come the insights that create real victory.” Billy is a phenomenal team leader, mentor, motivator and an important influence on the A.K. RIKK’S work culture. Get to know Billy’s perspective on personal development, company culture, and where his inspiration comes from though a series of questions in our third Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’Sinterview.
Today as a part of Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S series we would like to introduce you to our very own “man behind the camera” Sawyer Thurston! Sawyer reminisces upon the beginning of his A.K. RIKK’S story, “two years ago I set a goal to have an interview at A.K. RIKK’S within six months of that day; two weeks later it happened. Never did I imagine a store of such caliber taking a chance on an unknown filmmaker like myself. They have provided me a home to sharpen my creative sword – for that I am grateful.” Get to know Sawyer’s perspective, film style, and where find draws inspiration from through a series of questions in our second Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S interview.
The A.K. Rikk’s family is a close-knit group with many different roles and personalities. All of us acquire inspiration that holds major influence on our personal style. That inspiration can come from anywhere – be it travel, culture, designers, art, street-wear, magazines, or architecture. The best part of working in our family atmosphere is the opportunity to grow and share unique perspectives with each other. Join us throughout our Behind the Seams with A.K. RIKK’S series as we offer you the stories of the unique individuals who make A.K. RIKK’S exceptional.
Today we’d like to introduce you to Morgan! Morgan lived in Chicago for three years and loved exploring the cities museums, restaurants, and neighborhoods gathering inspiration while studying Fashion Business at Columbia College. In March, Morgan moved back to her hometown of Grand Rapids to join the A.K. Rikk’s family as a Personal Shopper. Morgan loves that her career introduces her to so many people and the opportunity to take her clients confidence to the next level by helping them feel great about what they are wearing. She states, “As a Personal Shopper at A.K. RIKK’S, I have the best of the best designers at my finger tips which gives me a deeper connection to the fashion industry. The environment here at A.K. inspires my creativity and continues to grow my passion for fashion.” Get to know her personal style through questions she answered in Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S interview one.
The summer solstice marks the official first day of summer! That make the longest days of the year happening THIS WEEKEND! Make them count! What’s there to do you ask? Plenty! From local events to nearby destinations, we’ve rounded up what we are aiming to get out and do this weekend! So after you stop by our Semi-Annual Sale, here are some great suggestion for what you can do in your new digs! Whatever your plans may be this weekend, take note from the wise words of Diane Von Fursteberg, ” Sleep is easier to make up than a unique evening.”
SATURDAY – Founder’s Fest 2014:
What: Founders Fest 2014: A Celebration of Beer and Music. Our biggest party and a thank you to the city of Grand Rapids, and the community that has made us what we are today. Strictly Ages 21+ Only.
When: Saturday, June 21 from 3pm – 11pm.
Where: The streets surrounding Founders Brewing Company, located at 235 Grandville Avenue SW. Entry gates will be located at the north end of the festival grounds, near the intersection of Grandville and Cherry Street.
Note: The Brewery, including the Tap Room, Deli, and Company Store will beclosed to the public the entire day, as this event is entirely outdoors.
Note: Founders Fest is a cash-only event, please come prepared to increase speed of service, though an ATM will be available on site.
SATURDAY – Whitecaps game against Fort Wayne:
What’s more summery than a baseball game with a beer and a hot dog and all your good pals?!
ALL WEEKEND – Bruce Weber Photography Exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts:
Last night kicked off the public opening of Bruce Weber’s latest exhibition “Detroit” with the likes of Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, Carolyn Murphy and Bruce himself in attendance for the celebration. Presented by the Detroit Institute of Arts with the generous support of Condé Nast this exhibition is not one to miss!
In June of 2006, preeminent photographer Bruce Weber travelled to Detroit for the first time while on assignment for W, a monthly fashion magazine. The idea was to photograph a well-known model—in this case Kate Moss—as a starting point for a much broader exploration of an unfamiliar place, its culture, and, most importantly, its people. While many photographers at that time were recording the vulnerability of Detroit, Weber was completely taken with the vitality of the city and its citizens. He returned to the Motor City again last year, to partner with the Detroit-based company Shinola. This time, Weber sought out familiar faces as well as new individuals who could speak to the city’s dynamic evolution. This exhibition is a result of those two assignments, presented together with portraits of prominent friends and colleagues who have strong ties to the city.
With spring rolling in and summer just around the corner, its seems as though the event invitations are finally starting to pile up. With most events, there usually is an intended dress code. Dreaded by some, looked forward to by others. Who are you? Take a look at this short but to-the-point list on what those dress code terms might actually mean. When in doubt though, don’t hesitate to call us!
A Black Tie invitation calls for formal attire. Men wear tuxedos, women wear cocktail, long dresses or dressy evening separates. A little black dress is completely appropriate for black tie functions. Formal usually means the same as Black Tie, but in some trendier cities like New York or Los Angeles, it could mean a black shirt, no tie with a tux. Women wear cocktail, long dresses or dressy evening separates. A White Tie or Ultra-formal invitation requires men wear full dress, a black tailcoat, waistcoat, a wing collar shirt and a white bow tie. Women wear long gowns.
Black Tie Optional
A Black Tie Optional gives you the option of wearing a tuxedo or formal dress, but it should clue you into the formality of the event, meaning a dark suit and tie would be your other option. Women wear cocktail, long dresses or dressy evening separates.