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With her beautiful shock of red hair and fabulous knitwear Sonia Rykiel has been keeping fashion warm for over 50 years. It all started back in 1962, when a pregnant Rykiel, unable to find a knit soft enough for her baby bump, decided to design her own. Four years later she established the Sonia Rykiel company and set up her first boutique on the Left Bank in Paris. Famed for her deliciously chunky, super-soft designs, Rykiel regularly experiments with stripes, rhinestones, slogans, ‘torn’ hems, and inside out seams. The archetype of French chic, she sends her models giggling and skipping down the catwalk, and has maintained an unwavering passion for her profession. Today Geraldo da Conceicao is Creative Director and the Rykiel brand incorporates childrenswear, menswear, cosmetics and accessories. On top of being one of the most celebrated fashion designers in the world, she has also put pen to paper as a hugely successful fashion and children's book writer. Sonia loves Paris, Coco Chanel, and grew up wanting to be an airhostess.

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