Ronen Chen

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Ronen Chen (Hebrew: רונן חן‎; born in 1965) is an Israeli fashion designer.[citation needed]

According to Xnet, he is the most widely distributed[1] and internationally known[2] Israeli fashion designer.


Ronen Chen was born in 1965 in Ramat Gan, a city east of Tel Aviv.[3]

After graduating from high school and going through army service at a military prison,[4] Ronen Chen entered the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in 1986.[5] Though he was previously inclined to become an architect, he opted to choose fashion design since the architecture school was a longer ride from his home.[3] Later he realized that he actually enjoys fashion and prefers it to architecture.[3][6]

By his third year in college, Chen was selling belts and shoes to Tel Aviv boutiques. During his fourth year, he was already making money by creating designer garments at affordable prices.[4]

In 1990, right after graduation, he was hired by Gideon Oberson.[3][5] In 1993, he founded his own "Ronen Chen" fashion brand,[5] and opened his first small store and studio on the trendy Sheinkin Street in Tel Aviv.[3]

In 1995, three more stores were opened in London in collaboration with a franchisee. Two years after, in 1997, these shops were closed following Chen's decision to focus on developing his business in Israel.[5] He considers that the decision to open London stores at that time was reckless and naive, since his business wasn't prepared for that.[5][7]

In the following years Chen developed a network of fashion stores in Israel and increased his international sales. In 2009, after 12 years since moving back to Israel, a new Ronen Chen store was opened in London's Portman Estate. Since 2010 he cooperates with Nordstrom on supplying his fashions to the United States.[5]

As of August 2012, Ronen Chen had 18 brand stores in Israel and 2 in London.[1] His fashions were also exported to the United States, Canada, Ireland, Netherlands and Belgium.[1][5] His brand was presented with such models as Yael Goldman and Israeli model and actress Yana Goor (Hebrew: יאנה גור‎).[5] Yael Goldman's work with Ronen Chen was featured on FashionTV in 2011–2013.[8]

Chen and his girlfriend, a TV producer, share parenting responsibilities for their two daughters. He also designs dresses for the daughters.[3]

Style of work

Ronen Chen was never very interested in designing clothing for men.[3] His clients are women of all ages and constitutions.[6]

Ronen Chen's clothes are characterized by flattering fit and comfort,[3][9][10][11] minimalism,[9][10][12] universality,[9][12] timelessness,[9][12] leaning to monochrome and neutral colors,[10][12] versatility in use,[11][12] geometrical patterns and shapes.[9]

See also


  1. ^ a b c יעקב, איתי (19 August 2012). "רונן חן תעשיות אופנה בעמ". (in Hebrew). Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  2. ^ Steinberg, Jessica (31 May 2010). "Israel's top 10 fashion designers". ISRAEL21c. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Ronen Chen's inexpensive designer success". Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 23 February 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  4. ^ a b Leichman, Abigail Klein (28 November 2011). "The Israeli who dresses the world". ISRAEL21c. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "רטרוספקטיבה: רונן חן על קו לונדון תל אביב". Fashion Forward (in Hebrew). 29 December 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  6. ^ a b Grant, Brigit (2 November 2012). "Ronen Chen: the designer who makes clothes for real women". Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  7. ^ ברקוביץ, יולי ברקאי (12 May 2012). "עם הרבה חן". Mako (in Hebrew). Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  8. ^ Search results for "Ronen Chen"FashionTV.
  9. ^ a b c d e Going Soft: An Israeli designer lands stateside – PureWow, 20 November 2012.
  10. ^ a b c Ronen Chen puts fashion line online – The Times of Israel, 6 December 2012.
  11. ^ a b Ronen Chen: Outfit 2 – Laura Lily, 14 February 2013.
  12. ^ a b c d e Ronen Chen – Fashion Fox, 1 August 2013.

External links

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