Sonia Rykiel dies at 86 !
The famous French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel passed today at the age of 86 after suffering from Parkinson's for nearly twenty years.
Since 1995, Rykiel stepped down as CEO and Art Director of her eponymous brand, but she remained really close to it as Honorary President.
The designer began to be famous in the 70's as "the Queen of Knitwear" after she opened her first store in Paris. Her signature pieces include deconstructed rough-hemmed jumpers, which are the most important category in the company's mainline collections.
There is also a more affordable line known as Sonia by Sonia Rykiel.
In 2009, she was awarded the Order of Légion d'Honneur in recognition for 40 years of contribution the French fashion industry. A huge award for a huge and eternal Genius.
Today, the brand is deeply global, producing ready-to-wear, contemporary, childrenswear and even homewear. In 2012, First Heritage Brands, a subsidiary of Fung Capital LTD, took an 80% stake in the brand. Until then, it was one of the last fully independently-owned fashion businesses in Paris.
Nathalie, Rykiel's daughter remains on the board as Chair Woman. It's the end of a legend, the end of an era, but surely not the end of her brand and legacy!