Today as part of our Behind the Seams with A.K. Rikk's series, we would like to introduce you to Personal Stylist Danielle Block. She’s the newest member of the sales team and you’ll probably find her running around the floor in sneakers or boots (that’s the kind of girl she is but if we’re talking heels, think platforms).
What initially drew you to A.K. Rikk's?
What drew me in was the fact that there is nothing like it! To have multiple luxury brands, the family like atmosphere and all departments working under one building is a unique experience. It’s easy to walk in every day feeling grateful!
What is your favorite part of working at A.K. Rikk's so far?
The people! From the moment I started it felt like family. It’s a very fun environment and everyone works extremely hard to provide the best experience for clients. Plus, being surrounded by beautiful quality clothing and talking with the brands about the craftsmanship that goes into each detail shows how much care goes into the experience.
What have you learned this week at work?
Alterations! The tailors are wizards and can work with any garment to make it feel custom to you.
What is your favorite brand?
There are so many to choose from! I’m all about denim and leather. I can’t have enough of it! I also love sustainable brands that are doing their part to protect our environment. That being said, two brands that I’m all about these days is RE/DONE and Nanushka. Lastly, Logan Hollowell is another favorite. I love the idea of a gemstone finding you and I believe in the healing properties of stones.
What is the first thing you notice about a person?
Their eyes! I know it’s a strange thing to notice but you can tell a lot about a person through their eyes. It’s the window into their soul. Then, of course it’s their outfit!
How do you get out of the I-don’t-have-anything-to-wear rut?
First, I try on everything in my closet then I like to think of styling an outfit as an equation. Find the common denominator (say a favorite pair of jeans) then go from there! I leave accessories for last but always add something. Next, finish by adding layers. The same basic tee and denim can always feel new with accessories or adding a dope jacket. Don’t be afraid to mix up styles, as long as you feel your best then you’re in a killer outfit.
What’s your perfect Sunday?
The perfect Sunday starts with sleeping in then doing a quick meditation before a barre class. After class walking to brunch to get a mimosa (or a few). It’s all about balance!
What’s the last nice thing you bought for yourself?
This is so adult. I recently just bought new bed sheets and it is heavenly. They are organic, made out of eucalyptus and hypoallergenic. It has completely changed my life!
What is your most used emoji?
The black heart or the martini glass.
Would you rather have more time or more money?
More time! Money will always come but you never get back time.
How do you relieve stress in your life?
I meditate twice a day and always find a way to move my body whether that’s a simple yoga class or more cardio with cycle. I am also certified in Reiki (a type of energy therapy) that I do daily in my meditations to ground my energy.
What’s your most prized possession?
I have a mug from one of my favorite coffee shops from when I lived in California. Each time I use it, I'm brought back to all the memories and friendships I created there. It was the first time I was totally on my own and knew no one. I learned so many life lessons that I will cherish forever.
That concludes this Behind the Seams interview. Next time you stop into the store, be sure to say “hello” to Danielle, wish her well and talk trends with her!