Saturday, December 04, 2010


Bless the gorgeous James Richards and his family for this new and delightfully European influenced men’s emporium in Brisbane’s CBD.

While Richards & Richards unveiled its $2 million, two level store in late September on Brisbane City’s Elizabeth Street I had yet to make my way there until last week. Love! If you haven't been there yet, go. Immediately if not sooner.

Featuring exclusive designer brands and accessories as well as a premium cafe and wine bar I could have happily spent the afternoon there, which I suspect is exactly what the Richards boys would like you to do.

Anyone who has spent time in the delectable boutiques of Europe will adore this store and if you haven't had that pleasure then this comes a very close second.

Nestled alongside an esteemed neighbour in Hermes, the Richards & Richards emporium is the brainchild of fifth generation retail merchant James Richards and father Joe Richards along with brothers Joshua and Joachim.

Comprising 400sqm, the emporium exclusively stocks French, Italian and Turkish labels including Borelli, True Grace and Zu Elements to name a few and is home to knowledgeable, trained stylists who are complemented by an onsite tailor.

“The Richards & Richards experience is like no other in Brisbane. Men of all ages and sizes can shop for leisure and formal wear, accessories, gifts, cologne, swimwear and more, or they can simply come to experience the R&R Cafe Bar, which is the first of its kind in the city,” says James Richards.

Brisbane Marketing CEO John Aitken said the arrival of both Richards & Richards and Hermes demonstrates a deep confidence in Brisbane’s retail market and will capture the attention of locals and visitors alike.

“The concept behind Richards & Richards is unique and sophisticated; it is unlike any other in Brisbane. It will enhance the international shopping experience in Brisbane’s CBD, cementing the city’s standing as Australia’s new world city,” Mr Aitken said.

James adds that Richards & Richards will offer a complete experience, and he expects it will earn its reputation as Brisbane’s number one destination for premium fashion and accessories as well as great food, wine and coffee.

You know what? I think he's right.

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