Sruli Recht is an award-winning Designer, (Born 1979 in Jerusalem Israel). He is a citizen of Australia and is currently based in Reykjavik Iceland. Recht studied Fashion Design at RMIT University in Melbourne Australia, the city where he spent the majority of his life. His career began primarily in Fashion where he rapidly developed a unique style of experimental couture clothing influenced by Futurism, Cyberpunk, Russian Constructivism, Industrial design and Science-Fiction writing – particularly the work of Philip K. Dick and Bruce Sterling. Recht’s innovative approaches to materials and new technologies, particularly in recent years, have led to products including ~Elt – the first buckle-less water-cut leather belt, and a portable flat pack cardboard Cutting Table. Recht’s work is also considered by many to be controversial due in no small part to products such as theatrical garments made of Seal fur, Arctic Fox, and Minke Whale Skin.
In 2005 Recht left Australia to London England where he worked over 3 seasons with British designer Alexander McQueen in his Amwell St studios, cutting patterns and constructing catwalk showpieces. Following this period Sruli Recht relocated to Reykjavik Iceland.
Now based in Reykjavik his work continues along lines of blurred relationships between various schools of Design – fashion/industrial etc. and whose byproducts have a darker ironic and aggressive subtext relating to social dis/function and sustainability. Examples of this include the production of a full-sized Polar Bear skin fashioned out of 15 Icelandic sheepskins, a buckle-less belt eliminating the need to remove it at airport security or a limited-edition run of bulletproof Handkerchiefs made of Kevlar—all thinly veiled social commentaries and primarily focused on design and concept rather than mass production and broad commercial appeal.