For generations, Rizik’s has led the evolution of women’s couture in Washington, D.C. Specially-selected fashions of European and American designers and personal service have long defined Rizik’s unique customer experience.

Spread the Love: Gifts for Those You Treasure

Let your senses guide you in your search for marvelous gifts for your special ones this holiday season.  Imagine their joy opening a present and discovering an object of beauty—created with love—and your happiness seeing them wear it with a smile. 

The following photographs highlight designer accessories from European and American fashion houses, many of which are available in Washington, D.C. exclusively at Rizik’s.  We hope the visual celebration moves you to visit our downtown boutique and experience much more.  With luxury items throughout our departments—from coats to separates to eveningwear—you’ll find a selection of styles to delight even the most discerning recipients.  And for the truly independent woman, a Rizik’s Gift Certificate offers her the pleasure of choosing.  Spread love this season with unique gifts marked by craftsmanship and integrity.  It’s better to give than to receive and, if you’re lucky, she’ll share it with you….  Happy holidays!  


Photo: Courtesy of Alice Cisternino/Rizik’s


Finely worked metal, enamel, crystals and pearls come together, evoking Coco Chanel.   
Philippe Ferrandis Camellia Collection necklace, $660.



Photo: Courtesy of Alice Cisternino/Rizik’s


Red leather paired with white fur is refined, bold and glamorous.
Carolina Amato long gloves, $190.  Rizik’s Private Label white fox bolero, $2,400. 



Photo: Courtesy of Alice Cisternino/Rizik’s


A crown of crystal flowers, destined to become a family heirloom. 
Maria Elena Swarovski crystal headpiece, $775.



Photo: Courtesy of Alice Cisternino/Rizik’s


Play with scale and texture to melt cold weather blues and greet winter with panache. 
Lenore Marshall New York crystal fox dome hat, $625. Ermanno Scervino silk scarf, $340. 



Photo: Courtesy of Alice Cisternino/Rizik’s


An Art Nouveau inspired necklace with three petal pattern, grape leaf and cicada details and cabochon stones, so enchanting it turns Mother Nature’s head.  
JL Blin Paris necklace, $660.



Photo: Courtesy of Alice Cisternino/Rizik’s


Leather bows are naughty and nice.
Sandy Duftler Designs cummerbund wrap belts, $180 each. 



Photo: Courtesy of Alice Cisternino/Rizik’s


For cat lovers, dog lovers and simply lovers.
Lisa Todd cotton and cashmere sweaters, $200 – $220.



Photo: Courtesy of Alice Cisternino/Rizik’s


Classics with a twist make refreshingly elegant wardrobe additions. Irregular hexagon top handle bag with turn lock gold hardware and virgin wool cardigan with pearl buttons. 
Stefano Bravo handbag, $575. Boutique Moschino cardigan, $432.

Bradley Scott on Designer Dresses, the Art of Fashion and How to Treat a Lady

Founded in 2008, Bradley Scott is known for exquisitely tailored daytime and evening dresses in luxury fabrics, designed and manufactured in New York City.  Recognized as one of America’s rising designers, his collections are elegant, confident and understated.  He joined Rizik’s for a trunk show last spring and Rizik’s currently represents Bradley Scott exclusively in Washington, D.C.  With fall fashions underway, Rizik’s invited Bradley to share some details about his vision and the attributes that make his dresses unique.   


Bradley Scott, silk and jacquard gown with peplum waist, $1,750; available at Rizik’s
Photographs courtesy of Bradley Scott 


Do you have a muse?  Please describe her. 

I actually do have a muse—my customer.  I’ll give you the perfect example. In one of our more recent fittings, we asked the client to critique the clothes from the line. We got down to the “nitty gritty” on what feels comfortable, from the lining to where the armhole fits in a particular dress. We analyze everything any customer tells us and put it into work for the next collection. We believe everything should begin with your existing clientele. After all, they are here now supporting me and without them, there is no “next level.”  They are my muse now, and will be for the duration of my career.

Which qualities distinguish Bradley Scott dresses? 

When I began my business in 2008, I wanted to offer women the ability to style themselves in a new way. I wanted to offer an updated look that would garner compliments and provoke comments like “Where did you get that? I love it!” For me, fashion also has to be wearable art, both practical and understandable. What sets me apart is my platform to create designer dresses that have that “wow” look to them, without being over-the-top in terms of style or price.  


Bradley Scott, reptile pattern jacquard cocktail dress with peplum waist and asymmetrical details, $760; available at Rizik’s 


Rizik’s has three styles from your fall collection— two cocktail dresses and a full-length gown.  The way you use the characteristics of the fabrics—the luscious drape of 4-ply silk and the substantial weight of jacquard—in conjunction with the cuts of the dresses and the relationship of fabric to skin—with necklines, sleeve lengths and hemlines adjusting to each other—is fascinating.  Is there an ideal proportion between clothing and the body that governs your designs?    

Absolutely there is. You mentioned the drape of the 4-ply silk and there is a specific reason we invest in such a costly fabric to begin with—besides the beauty of this textile, we find it to have an amazing ability to fall on the body in a way that naturally enhances a woman’s figure.  We also want our dresses to have structured, architectural designs. I always loved tailoring – fine seams, piping—and I believe that when you craft a designer dress in such a tailored way, it flatters any body size or shape. Most outsiders believe fashion is for a size 2 or 4 but I believe the exact opposite. Why can’t women of all sizes enjoy extraordinary fashion? My biggest selling sizes are 8 and 10. We also cut up to 16/18 should the stores put in a request. As for proportion, our general rule is if there is a lot “going on” on the bodice, we try to keep the skirt of the dress as simple as possible. We also like longer sleeves with shorter hemlines.  We don’t want the garments to overwhelm the woman, just make them feel well dressed and confidant.

You have said that Gianni Versace inspired you to become a designer and it is, therefore, particularly exciting that Rizik’s carries both Bradley Scott and Versace Collection!  Yet, Versace’s boldly sensual aesthetic, with references to classical antiquity, initially appears quite different from yours.  How did his designs move you?  And do you translate this into your own silhouettes? 

What I loved about Versace was his idea of a woman. He looked at them as bold creatures of God who exuded power and confidence. He was ultra-daring because he knew his women were the same way. He wanted to shock the world by dressing women in what would be considered explicit and electrifying. The women knew they had nothing in their closet like his clothes.  I wanted to offer the more mainstream customer the ability to wear something that got them noticed, for them to have something unique, perhaps not in the exotic way, but in the real world way. We both understand our women want to look different, and we do it in our own way. I also feel that Versace had a genuine love of textile creation which I feel completely akin to. My collections BEGIN with fabric selection. Before I design a single sketch on paper, I have the fabrics on my desk. I design around the fabric, and so did Versace.

Raised amongst leaders in diverse fields—your great-grandfather had a tailor shop, your mother chaired a neurosurgery department and your father runs an accounting firm—what traits do you think transcend the fashion world and are essential for all entrepreneurs?   

That’s a great question. Naturally it’s really cool that my great-grandfather and I share a craft.  I think what I took from everyone being in their own field was an understanding of the common denominator—be true to yourself and be truthful to your clientele. If you can’t accomplish something, be up front and admit it.  I’ve learned that communicating with customers well in advance is the only way to maintain a level of integrity and respect from them. We are all human, and sometimes things come up.

Before starting your own label, you worked at the Carlisle Collection, which markets their designer sportswear collections primarily through direct fashion sales, wherein a sales associate brings a trunk show to the customer’s home.  Did this practice influence your own customer-centric ethos?  

Carlisle taught me almost everything I know and I am forever grateful for the experience to work with them, first as an intern, then a design assistant and finally a merchandiser. It gave me insight about the timeline of fashion, how to bring a concept to first sample and onwards to production. It taught me about the problems that can arise, and to preempt issues before they happen. They also knew their customers very well and kept records of what each woman purchased the prior season so that they could offer her something totally different and not repeat a style. As far as distribution, I like the idea of in-house trunk shows, but think that going to a brick and mortar store has a special feeling. It’s an elegant process, especially at high-end boutiques.  It’s an occasion, a cherished experience.  


Bradley Scott, silk crepe fitted cocktail dress with seam details and geometric neckline, $795; available at Rizik’s 


You were born and raised in Brooklyn, graduated from Parsons School of Design and are committed to living and working, as well as manufacturing all of your collections, in New York.  What does it mean to you to be a New York designer and why have you aligned your brand so closely with the city?    

It means everything to me. Growing up in Brooklyn, I would always enjoy the “wild” trips into the city with my parents and friends. It was always something special, like a vacation. I felt such excitement going to see a Broadway play, or going to Café Edison for Blintzes before a performance. It wasn’t fancy, but it was incredible! New York is home for me and I can’t imagine producing my collections elsewhere.  I always try to make sure there are “city girl” looks in my collection but I also recognize that the world doesn’t revolve around how the New York woman dresses and I want my collections to have broad appeal. We must always keep our customer in mind. Remember one thing—a designer’s vision must always include, foremost, what their clientele wants. 

Looking ahead, what can we expect to see in your Spring 2016 collection?  And beyond? 

The design and production of my Spring 2016 collection has an injection of a lot more color. We often hear that most designers can work wonders with black, olive and grey, but the real challenge comes when you have vibrant fuchsia, shocking lemon and vivid turquoise. We also added some pretty jackets and coats to complement the dresses. Everything is still made in the same factory in Manhattan, with a tremendous amount of hand finishing. We take pride in attaching our label to the finished dress and seeing the client happy. 

This interview has been condensed and edited. 

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Bag It! Designer Handbag Profile: Rodo Paris

Handbags carry our items from points A to B when pockets just won’t do. But they are so much more than functional. We can’t help decorating them, for beauty gives pleasure, and form and function coalesce in breathtaking ways throughout the history of fashion. 


Rodo Paris framed satchel, $1,495; available at Rizik’s
Photos courtesy of Alice Cisternino/Rizik’s 


From a purely visual perspective, designer purses can enhance any look. Getting dressed is like composing a work of art – the sculpture of you – and a handbag is essentially an abstract shape that adds another element of scale, texture and color to your look. Since a bag is distinct from your body, it is particularly eye-catching and, therefore, in a privileged position to play off your ensemble, amplifying it through embellishment or contrast. A carefully chosen handbag also has transformative powers, adding the finishing touch that changes a relaxed outfit into one that emanates intentional cool, for example. 

Beyond their surface charms, we have emotional attachments to our handbags. As our faithful companions in all of life’s adventures, they are arguably the most important accessory. The right bag will do right by you – at a job interview, on a date, going to an exhibition, visiting your grandmother. The patina of its wear corresponds to the collected memories of all the places it accompanied you. 

Rodo’s Paris satchel is this kind of timeless chameleon and several key attributes make it a wardrobe essential:

  • Color: Always wearable and chic, black is the gold standard in bags.
  • Texture: The calfskin leather is dressed up with a printed crocodile finish and the subtle pattern gives a hip, updated vibe to its classic shape.
  • Versatility: This is the ultimate day-to-night handbag, dress it up or dress it down, wear it with oxfords or satin stilettos.
  • Size: It measures 7” H x 9” W x 3” D (tapering to ¾”), so it’s big enough to hold all of your essentials and a few extras, without being bulky.
  • Fashion-forward style: Top-handled bags are “It” for fall 2015, according to Vogue.
  • Quality: Handmade in Italy, with every detail attended to, from the supple leather sculpted into accordion folds at its base to the solid handle covered in leather and accented with hardware finials to the smooth movements of its frame and lock. Which leads to another distinction-- the sound of it closing – a satisfying “click” that only something made of substantial materials can produce. 

This bag checks all of the boxes. It is a beautiful, portable sculpture that enriches your ensemble and carries your things, wherever you are headed. Other designer bags may be fun for a night or a season, but Rodo’s Paris, like its namesake, will continually beckon. 


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