Sonia Rykiel “Generous Sweaters”

Eight influential international women including Julie De Libran, the artistic director of Sonia Rykiel, design limited edition sweaters to honor the late designer with proceeds going to charity…

Sonia Rykiel, the “Queen of Knitwear,” is renowned for her iconic, quirky and colorful striped knits. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary Sonia Rykiel brand. The late designer opened her first store in Paris’ Left Bank in May, 1968 during the time of the international liberation movement led by student protests, which was no coincidence. Rykiel leaves behind a legacy as a revolutionary designer who fiercely worked to liberate women through their fashion.

Some may not know the history behind Rykiel’s famous sweater. The “poor boy,” Rykiel’s take on the sweater, is one of her pioneering designs. The ribbed figure-hugging pullover sweater with high armholes, was in stark contrast to the popular fashion of the day that restricted women’s comfortable movement. Rykiel instead created a pullover sweater (a style that had previously been worn only by men) for women that was both comfortable and figure flattering.

For Sonia Rykiel’s 50th anniversary Julie De Libran, the artistic director of Sonia Rykiel, has chosen to honor Rykiel’s altruistic legacy and highlight her iconic sweater by bringing together a group of influential international women to create a limited edition sweater. The proceeds will go to individual charities with a focus on helping women, chosen by each participant. Along with De Libran, the group includes actresses Kirsten Dunst, Sofia Boutella and Kristin Scott Thomas, architect Kazuyo Sejima, model and activist Liya Kebede, artist and influencer Langley Fox and Sue-Jin Kang, ballet dancer and artistic director of the Korean National Ballet.

The pop-up, titled “Generous Sweaters” will be available at the Sonia Rykiel store in Paris and exclusively at 10 Corso Como New York from October 11th to October 24th.