Born in Paris is in the 1930s of a French father and Romanian mother, Sonia Rykiel has since become a legendary designer. From the age of 17, she threw herself into the world of fashion by working in Parisian boutiques. Her life changed in 1962, which she started designing knitwear for pregnant women for her husband's boutique, Laura. The close-fitting sweater soon became her signature. The Rykiel brand was born in 1968, when she opened her first namesake boutique on the Rue de Grenelle in Paris. Named "The Queen of Knitwear" by Women's Wear Daily two years later, she invented the reverse knit and put seams on the outside of garments. A world renowned designer, she created her own fashion philosophy, where she recommended that women adapt fashion to fit their personalities without following fashion trends. From season to season, her collections grew and she expanded into the perfume and lingerie markets. A designer, writer, actress, and interior decorator for prestigious hotels, Sonia Rykiel was named an Officier des Arts et des Lettres, Officier de la Légion d’Honneur et Commandeur de l’Ordre National du Mérite in France. Today, she works in collaboration with her daughter, Nathalie, who started out as a model for the brand and now runs the children's collection.
Founder of the Sonia Rykiel fashion house, Sonia Rykiel is known for her jumpers with written messages, black, exposed seams, clothes without hems and linings, as well as stripes.
The Sonia Rykiel style
If Sonia Rykiel has invented a style, it's according to the philosophy of going against the grain that inspires her creations. Daring and feminine, there is something unique in each designer item, from shoes to bagsto clothing.
A leader among luxury brands, Sonia Rykiel sets herself apart with her unique designs and impeccable finishing. Women who love fashion, who are feminine and independent, will find something they love from this designer brand season after season.
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