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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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Why the red coral?

October 10, 2012

This past weekend we had our Isaia trunk show, during which one of the more frequent questions happened to be about the Napoli-based company’s choice on logo-ing. After a glass of red wine and a little dissertation by the brand’s specialist we came to the following explanation:

In Greek mythology, after defeating Medusa, the hero Perseus used her head to petrify Cetus, the sea monster who was threatening his love interest Andromeda. According to local lore, he rested on the banks of the sea at Napoli. There he set the Gorgons head down to wash his hands. When he was ready to depart he noticed that her blood had turned all the sea life red. Even to this day, some Romans still believe that coral can cure wounds made by snakes and scorpions, protect their children from harm, and diagnose diseases by changing different colors. 


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The Measure of a Man

October 2, 2012

What makes a man great? How does he show what he is capable of? What can he convey about his mettle by what is on his back? These are all questions that A.K.RIKK’S will answer this weekend for our Isaia trunk show. Fabric specialist Brian Cook will be here to assist with fittings and your special selection. 

Trunk Show Hours:

Friday: 10-7PM

Saturday: 10-5PM


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Q & A

April 21, 2012

Thanks to everyone who came out to meet up with Brian of Isaia and get a dose of his sprezz-i-ness! During the show we did have some questions about the way Isaia garments are made. The shoulders on jackets and shirts have a certain wrinkling at the seam (see picture above) This traditional tailoring detail is called grenze. It is a mark of handwork, which simply cannot be replicated by a machine. The advantage to having grenze on certain seams of a jacket or shirt is that it gives the garment a natural stretch which adds mobility for the wearer. 

Next question?


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Isaia Trunk Show this weekend!!

April 18, 2012

Clear your books, cancel that lunch, tell the kids you can take them to their soccer game next weekend, catch a train, a plane, whatever it takes; just make sure you are here this Saturday for our ever-popular Isaia trunk show!

Saturday hours: 10-6


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That shirt is how much!?!?

September 26, 2011

Just had a gentlemen stop in the store who was admiring the pattern choices of our Isaia and Ermenegildo Zegna shirting fabrics. He was quite excited to see all that we had to offer and began to hoard them into a small pile; that is until he pulled out a price tag. The dialogue that followed is something that happens from time to time at our business. 

“Is this shirt really X amount?”

“Yes, sir.”

“What makes it that price?”

(Insert deep breath) “Well…”

I could talk about fabric, and how the cotton is woven so tightly that it is resistant to wrinkles. Or, I could talk about how there are no chemicals used in making the cotton that can irritate your skin. Or I could talk about the minuscule pleating that is found around each seam that shows hand craftsmanship and is there to give the seams of the shirt a little bit of give (translate: stretch). I could also talk about the four to six man hours it takes to complete one shirt. 

However, I am not going to talk about any of those things. I am just going to talk about buttons. The buttons on each of these shirts are hand cut from coral shells distinctive to the Mediterranean. They are known for their resilience and their resistance to heat/cracking, and each one is polished and sewn on by hand. To put things in perspective, one should compare these coral buttons to plastic buttons. When a shirting company purchases plastic buttons they buy them in bulk; meaning on average 1,000 buttons go for about $1.00. Each coral button, that’s right, one coral button costs $1.00. SOOOO….after doing the math on one shirt, in just buttons, it cost the company around $14.00. That is the kind of attention to detail you will find in every special piece you find at A.K.RIKK’S. 

“The memory of bad quality lasts longer than the shock of high prices”

As you were.


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