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Riccardi is a leading specialty menswear and womenswear bi-level boutique, located on historic Newbury Street in Boston. Founded in 1978 by Anna and Riccardo Dallai. Known as a pioneer and the first of many to introduce multiple influential Italian, French, and Japanese designers to the United States. He has since been on a mission to provide the most unique, exclusive, and directional selection of European and American designers to Boston while always maintaining a personal, hands-on experience in-store.

Located in the heart of the Back Bay, Riccardi offers a carefully curated selection of ready-to-wear and accessories, featuring an array of luxury designers, from fashion houses rich with history such as Comme des Garcons, Saint Laurent, Valentino, Givenchy, Balenciaga, and Balmain to multiple complementary designers such as Thom Browne, Vivienne Westwood, Off-White, Undercover, and Sacai. Riccardi continues the tradition of world class designers with today’s freshest faces of fashion such as Ellery, Loewe, Vetements, Yang Li, Simone Rocha, and many more.

Under the reigns of Riccardo Dallai Jr. and their highly experienced team, the boutique continues to stay ahead of the curve and caters to tastemakers, celebrities, and the fashion forward clientele in Boston and internationally. After thirty years in business, Riccardi has plans to explore the E-commerce space and in true Dallai tradition, continue to travel the world in pursuit of the latest and greatest the fashion world has to offer.

Riccardi is NOT just a shopping destination, but a well-respected contributor inside and outside of the fashion community.

1978

1978

Riccardo Dallai opens Riccardi at 900 square feet with ready-to-wear collections and various denim manufacturers direct from Florence.

1980

1980

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).

1981

1981

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.

1983

1983

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.

1984

1984

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.

1987

1987

John Galliano wins the designer of the year award during the runway show at London Fashion Week.

1988

1988

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.

1989

1989

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.

1990

1990

Riccardi becomes one of the first accounts for Italian powerhouses Dolce & Gabbana, Byblos, Gianni Versace, and Moschino.

1992

1992

Miu Miu, after Miuccia’s childhood nickname, is launched as the younger and more affordable collection to the pricier Prada.

1994

1994

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.

1995

1995

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.

1996

1996

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.

2000

2000

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.

2002

2002

PRPS luxury denim is founded and begins to bridge the gap between premium denim and lifestyle by introducing organic denim produced in Japan.

2003

2003

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.

2004

2004

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.

2005

2005

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.

2006

2006

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.

2010

2010

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.

2015

2015

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.