Queen of knitwear, Sonia Rykiel, is an expert at clingy knits in distinctive colors and striped patterns. She first began designing at her husband’s boutique called Laura. In 1968 she opened her first self-titled Paris boutique to sell her all original designs. Rykiel often uses a deconstructed style in her work, reverse seams are commonly juxtaposed with high quality wool and cashmere. She is also known for her outerwear. With the use of faux fur and wool Rykiel created voluminous coats in uncluttered silhouettes.