From the communes of Western Paris hails Sonia Rykiel who by the age
of 17, was employed to dress the window displays in a
Parisian textile store. Married and expecting her first, Rykiel was
unable to find soft sweaters and it was then that Rykiel began her first
foray into design.
Sonia Rykiel thereafter created her first maternity dresses and a
tiny sweater, called the Poor Boy Sweater, which she started selling
from her husband's label "Laura". The Poor Boy Sweater made the cover of
ELLE fashion magazine, and brought Rykiel international fame.
Since then, she has continued to experiment to expand her offerings.
Rykiel was the first designer to put seams on the outside of a
garment, and to print words on her sweaters. In particular, she favors
long clinging sweaters or small cropped pullovers, large rolled-back
cuffs and long shawls. Her color palette usually features beige, grey,
dark blue and charcoal. The Rykiel Enfant Children's Line follows the
adult lines closely in both pallete and design with the signature Rykiel
Stripes prominently featured throughout. With smatterings for boys,
Rykiel Enfant is primarily for the Young Girl and Infant .