Sruli Recht

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Sruli Recht
Born Jerusalem, Israel
Education Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Occupation Designer
Awards Premium Young Designer Award, Kvosin competition for Reykjavik City Center, IDA – International Design Awards
Labels Sruli Recht, Sruli Recht Shoes

Sruli Recht is a designer and artist based in Reykjavík, Iceland. He was born in Jerusalem, Israel and holds Australian and Icelandic citizenship.

Recht studied Fashion Design at RMIT University in Melbourne Australia.[1] In 2005 Recht left Australia to London where he worked with British designer Alexander McQueen before relocating to Reykjavik Iceland, where he has been based since 2005.[2]


Recht's work is considered to be innovative in its use of indigenous, new and unconventional materials and technologies[3] though also seen by many to be controversial due to the use of materials such as Minke Whale foreskin, spider silk, seal and human skin.[4] Although he is known mostly as a Fashion Designer, some garments and show pieces from his seasonal collections are seen to blur the relationships between art, design and fashion.[5][6]

Examples of this are:

And his arguably his most controversial piece:

  • Forget Me Knot: In 2012 Recht documented a one-off surgery/performance during which a plastic surgeon removed a 110mm x 10mm strip of skin from his abdomen while he was awake. The piece of skin with the hair still attached was tanned and mounted to a 24kt gold ring[9][10]


His solo commercial career began with the launch of a shoe collection under the Sruli Recht label in 2007, described by WGSN as " of the most intriguing and imaginative footwear collections seen."[citation needed] This collection was highlighted by the controversial use of one boot made from Minke whale skins.[11] Prior to the 2008 economic downturn Recht began to release one product a month under a collection titled Non-Products, while preparing to launch the main clothing line. Recht launched the seasonal clothing line in Paris in 2011 that he had developed during the crash in Iceland, in 2010 from his studio based on the outskirts of Reykjavik[12] He has been presenting as part of the Paris Fashion Week runway schedule since January 2012[13][14]


Wallpaper magazine selected Recht’s store Vopnabúrið, an Icelandic word for “the Armoury”, among the ten most interesting shops in the world in 2010, along with stores such as Hermes in New York, Comme de Garçons in Hong Kong and the Stella McCartney store in Milan.[15]

Recht's studio was raided by the Icelandic police in August 2009 where they seized stock of The Umbuster (a combination of an umbrella and brass knuckles) and charged Recht with prohibited weapons importation, prohibited weapons manufacture, and intent to sell prohibited weapons.[16] Recht initially lost the case brought against him by the police, though appealed, while at the same time opening a new case with the supreme court of Iceland to de-categorise The Umbuster as a weapon. In October 2010 Recht won the case, the court deciding that The Umbuster was not a weapon, and was acquitted of the earlier charges.[17]


  • Randscharf – On the Cutting Edge – Design in Iceland, Gestalten
  • Shoe Design – Overview of contemporary shoe designers, Daab Publishing
  • Outside The Box, Cardboard Design Now – International packaging design, Black Dog Publishing
  • Hello, Mr. Package ! – International packaging design focusing on male designers, SendPoint Publishing
  • Magma – Magma / Kvika Contemporary Iceland Design 2007
  • Magic Packaging – International packaging design, Designer Books
  • Art of Package Design – International packaging design, Ginko Press
  • Doppelganger – Images of the Human Being, Gestalten


Core77 – Three part interview

Diane Pernet Interview

i-ntroducing Sruli Recht i-D Online – Video interview

Inspired By Iceland interview

Forget Me Knot Interview – Eugene Rabkin for ASVOF

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