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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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2 more weeks!

October 31, 2012

David and Marcus are hard at work right now planning what they are going to send for our Rag&Bone party on the 16th of November! It has been an amazing season so far, but we are spiffing up the store for the arrival of the R&B trunk with all new and limited edition goods. Come in today and check out how we are prepping for this event!


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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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Who loves DVF?

October 24, 2012

A.K.RIKK’S does, and we know you do too! Stop by on Friday and Saturday for our first ever DVF trunk show! We have so much of the entire collection here it’s insane! Not only are we carrying some very special pieces for the show, but we have some great basics that every woman needs!


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Going Ga Ga…

October 14, 2012

…over glitz and glam at A.K.RIKK’S this coming Thursday the 18th! We are having our first Judith Leiber Trunk Show! Many of you are familiar with this designer’s signature clutches, but if you are not you definitely need to come in and figure out what styles will be perfect for this holiday season with all its’ events! We will only have the capsule collection here for two days so come in early to see them all before they make a run for the door! 


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Up and coming…

October 12, 2012

I wanted to put an early warning call out to all of A.K.RIKK’S lady friends! We are working on a calendar of events on our website that will show you more information about all the happenings at the store. That way if you need to re-schedule a vacation, or move back some dental work in order to make it one of our crazy trunk shows, at least you know when! 

This coming weekend of the 20th we will be having a Marc by Marc Jacobs trunk show! Goods will be showing up later in the week!


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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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