BY :: STELLAFLY
PHOTOGRAPHY :: TERRY JOHNSTON
A.K. Rikk’s finally opened the highly anticipated, new location at 6303 28th Street in Cascade, Michigan. The retail clothing store wanted to find use an existing building that could be transformed into a dream store for their clients. The building has total of 28,000 square feet with many special touches. The new space gives homage to where A.K. Rikk’s started by having a haberdashery-styled suit room, private personal shopping areas, a gift/lifestyle area and both men’s and women’s shoe salons.
The need for more space came out of the store’s movement into women’s wear, which at first started small with only a couple categories. “The response blew our expectations away!” said A.K. Rikk’s Director of Women’s/Buyer Emily Lewakowski, “The constant demand from our customers for more contemporary, luxury brands and categories allowed us to continue to bring in more of what this area was lacking. I think one of the keys to our success has been our ability to work closely and develop good relationships with our vendors, and to apply what we learn in the showrooms and from designers, to what our customer is asking for.” In addition to their longstanding reputation in luxury menswear, it is safe to say thatA.K. Rikk’s is now a major player in women’s and it only took them a short four years to do so.
Not only does this new building allow them to house more merchandise, it also gives them the ability to work better on projects for their community. For example,Fashion’s Night Out Grand Rapids, which is a one night shopping event that promotes local retailer. The group at A.K. Rikk’s and its owner are not the type that stands still, they see the possibility in Grand Rapids to become a fashion city and are ready to do their part in making that idea come true. One step will be announced this Fall according to President Jim Murray. Murray remarks, “The A.K. Rikk’s team is passionate about educating their customers and we will be taking it one step further soon.”
A.K.Rikk’s is a contemporary fashion boutique that specializes in every aspect of a man’s wardrobe and lifestyle. From a board meeting to a night out with friends to a week in the tropics; our goal is to have you looking your best in every situation.
Here are some of the brands that they represent:
Art of Shaving
Diane Von Furstenberg
Diesel Black Gold
Donald J Pliner
Hugo by Hugo Boss
John Varvatos U.S.A.
Paul & Shark
Rag & Bone
Ralph Lauren Black Label
To Boot New York
We wish them best of luck and thank them for their continuous efforts in attracting and retaining retail and fashion talent in Grand Rapids.