Riccardo Dallai opens Riccardi at 900 square feet with ready-to-wear collections and various denim manufacturers direct from Florence.
Adriano Goldschmied and Renzo Rosso founded Diesel as a new casual, high-end clothing brand designed and produced in the heart of Veneto, Italy.
Riccardo becomes the first to introduce Italian sportswear to Boston with Diesel, Replay, and Goldie (now AG).
Riccardi begins to transition into having a balance of sportswear and ready-to-wear collections. Merging the two becomes an extreme focus for the future of the store.
Comme des Garçons debuts first runway show in Paris and is later carried at Riccardi.
Sybilla makes her debut in Madrid. Born in New York and raised in Madrid, Sybilla came of age during la movida, the counterculture movement that rocked the post-Franco nation in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Her popularity spread like wildfire, which led her to start showing in Paris. Because of her artisanal craftsmanship, many in the fashion industry believe that after Balenciaga, Sybilla was the only Spanish designer that mattered following suit.
John Galliano debuts his graduating collection from Central Saint Martins College of Art inspired by the French Revolution and entitled “Les Incroyables". The collection received positive reviews and was bought in its entirety for resale in the London boutique Browns.
Riccardi becomes the first specialty store to introduce the influential labels John Galliano, Rei Kawakubo, and Sybilla in the United States and Boston. The store, expanding to 1,800 square feet, continues to transition into sportswear as well and adapts the overall look of the store because in the 1970s, the brands were a bit too fashion-forward.
John Galliano wins the designer of the year award during the runway show at London Fashion Week.
Couture runway shows start to become incredibly elaborate. Belgian designers along with the Japanese designers like Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto were very much counterculture to the big Paris houses.
John Galliano’s first runway show debuts as part of Paris Fashion Week.
Riccardi becomes one of the first specialty retail stores to carry Chrome Hearts in the United States and remains one of a handful of stores carrying the exclusive brand.
Riccardi expands to 2,500 square feet.
On a playground in the outskirts of Paris, Maison Martin Margiela staged a show like nothing the fashion world had ever seen: the seating plan was first-come first-served, the front row was filled with local children, the runway was uneven, and the models were stumbling.
Riccardi becomes one of the first accounts for Italian powerhouses Dolce & Gabbana, Byblos, Gianni Versace, and Moschino.
Miu Miu, after Miuccia’s childhood nickname, is launched as the younger and more affordable collection to the pricier Prada.
Riccardi changes its location from 128 to 116 Newbury Street and expands into a bi-level boutique at 3,000 square feet.
Riccardo Dallai opens the first free-standing Diesel store in the United States below the new Riccardi location.
John Galliano makes his return to the runway with a career-making collection that fused the East and West with Japanese kimonos and glamorous 1940s-style tailoring.
Prada debuts the first men's ready-to-wear collections and becomes one of the most influential fashion houses; the brand became a premium status symbol. Riccardi becomes the largest menswear Prada account in the United States.
After collaborating with some of Italy’s most celebrated fashion houses, Dean and Dan Caten present their first menswear collection under the label Dsquared2. The presentation marked the debut of Dsquared2’s runway show extravaganzas, which captured the attention of fashion journalists and buyers from around the world. Dsquared2’s philosophy was an edgy mix of Canadian iconography, refined tailoring, and playful sensuality; thus, the collections created a distinctive concept of alternative luxury.
A year later, John Galliano landed a job at Givenchy, becoming the first British designer to run a French Couture house.
Riccardo Dallai opens the second free-standing Replay store, with its interior featuring a country store concept similar to its sister location in Los Angeles.
Luxury denim brands, such as Nudie, Ksubi, and AG start to become extremely popular, and Riccardi becomes the first specialty store to carry True Religion.
The Riccardi buying team starts attending the Magic and Project Tradeshows in Las Vegas, which introduced retailers to another way of viewing new merchandise for the upcoming seasons.
PRPS luxury denim is founded and begins to bridge the gap between premium denim and lifestyle by introducing organic denim produced in Japan.
Alfredo Septimio, founder of the exclusive vintage clothing line The Great China Wall, traveled from state to state sourcing objects for the Replay store, which heavily influenced the brand’s inception.
Alfredo Septimio becomes one of the first to make vintage band t-shirts extremely popular amongst the street fashion community.
Jaded By Knight is founded by Noah Dayani and Michael Amiri with the intent to redefine rock luxury based on exclusivity and one-of-a-kind design. Their signature design concept consisted of manipulating unique fashion pieces from the streetwear market and vintage stores around the world.
Riccardi introduces Japanese-inspired fashion and luxury sportswear such as Billionaire Boys Club, Neighborhood, and Original Fake. The buying team starts traveling to Japan in search of the most unique products made there.
Riccardo Dallai, Jr. opens Relic with local interior artists and welders. Everything in-store was made from recycled materials from The Big Dig, graffiti, and decoupage of antique books. Relic becomes one of the few specialty stores to merge art with fashion on the Boston scene.
Riccardi begins to transition from the Italian designers by incorporating more Parisian fashion houses such as Givenchy, Balmain, and Saint Laurent into the men's floor.
Riccardi becomes one of the first to introduce a new wave of designers who are forecasted to be the future of fashion, including Demna Gvasalia, the mind behind Vetements and Balenciaga.