Sonia Rykiel, French fashion designer was born in 1930 and died in August 2016. She was famous for her knitwear. The Sonia Rykiel label was founded in 1968 upon the opening of her first store. Rykiel was also a writer and her first book was published in 1979.
In 1953, Sonia married Sam Rykiel, owner of Laura, a boutique selling elegant clothing. The couple had two children, Nathalie and Jean-Philippe Rykiel. They divorced in 1968.
Rykiel often wore her clothes from her own label and stuck to wearing dark green, brown, navy, and black garments.
In 1962, unable to find something to wear during her pregnancy, Rykiel used an Italian clothing supplier to design and create a dress and a sweater, which incorporated high cut arm holes and a shrunken fit to cling to the body. The practical and modern style led to orders from her friends and became known as the Poor Boy Sweater. Rykiel started selling the sweaters from her husband's store and the Poor Boy Sweater made the cover of French Elle magazine, bringing Rykiel fame. Actress Audrey Hepburn bought 14 sweaters in every colour. Rykiel's husband helped her to create the Sonia Rykiel Company in 1965. In 1968, Rykiel opened her first boutique store on the Left Bank.
In 2007, Nathalie Rykiel was appointed president of Sonia Rykiel.
In December 2009, Rykiel and H&M introduced "Sonia Rykiel pour H&M".
From January 2012, Sonia Rykiel became majority-owned by the Hong Kong-based Fung Brands. They acquired 80 percent of Sonia Rykiel, with the Rykiel family retaining a 20 percent of the share.
Products : shoes, bags, sunglasses.