The ‘queen of knits’ never actually learnt how to work a pair of needles. Nevertheless, Sonia Rykiel’s innovative, pioneering collections have made her one of the most sought-after names in European fashion. Iconic French designer Sonia Rykiel opened her first boutique in 1968. Now under the creative direction of Julie de Libran, the brand’s collections feel fresh, wearable and coolly Parisian. Expect to find chic denim and tweed pieces alongside signature knitwear.