Sit Tight: Clothes Inspired by Chairs

The debut collection of the Sofia Jon label is small and precise, marking designer Orli Rosen as one to watch.

The debut collection of the Sofia Jon label, designed by Orli Rosen – who has worked for British labels and until recently designed for the Israeli label Lilamist – offers a chance to get to know this lively designer. Her small collection of just 10 items was inspired by chairs – in both the literal and metaphorical sense: from nearly abstract chair prints, to chair leg-style cuts, integrated into outfits that are simultaneously a bit sporty and also tailored.

There’s something amusing and original in the way Rosen relates to her inspiration: a black miniskirt with a slit in the form of a white chair leg; distinctive prints of chair parts adorning boxy T-shirts; a pop-art homage on a dress with the word “Damage”; sleeveless crop tops that work and are cut to create a 3-D sensation.

Rosen’s inventiveness really sets her collection apart. There’s a neoprene skirt designed to recall vintage athletic wear; a selection of colorful, tribally inspired ethnic-style items, such as shorts with triangular flaps that attach to the waist; or a T-shirt with patches of different 
fabrics sewn on that creates a striking combination of geometric textures.

This is a small and precise collection – maybe too precise – but it marks Rosen as a voice to be noted, especially if she expands her collection, and perhaps also moves a little further away from the (at times overly) literal interpretation of the inspirations she works with.

Sofia Jon, 14 Nitzana Street, Noga Complex, 
Tel Aviv. Tel: 052-558-8787; www.sofiajon.com. Price Range: Shirts: 380-520 shekels. Dresses: 480-840 shekels; Skirts: 415-450 shekels; Pants: 450 shekels

Sofia Jon
Gilad Bar-Shalev
Sofia Jon. Photo by Gilad Bar-Shalev