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Elie Tahari (born 1952 in Jerusalemmarker, Israelmarker) is an Americanmarker luxury fashion designer of men and women's clothing. He has evolved a $500 million business, with a presence on five continents, in more than 6,000 US stores and in five free-standing boutiques.

His childhood and youth

Tahari was born in 1952 in Jerusalem, the eldest son of a Persian Jewish couple. The family immigrated to Israelmarker from Iran and lived then in the transition camp of Al-Qastalmarker, now Mevasseret Zionmarker. In 1953 - 1957 the family returned to Iranmarker, then came again to Israel. As his parents divorced and his father remarried, Elie was sent by the Israeli social services into an orphanage ("Sde Hemed") in Rishon Lezionmarker, later moving to Tel Avivmarker ("Maon Hayeled"). The following years of his youth were spent in Kvutzat Schillermarker and in an Israeli Air Force boarding school in Haifamarker.

His life and activity in USA

Tahari immigrated to the United States in 1971 as an electrician. Moving to New Yorkmarker he sought work in Manhattan's Garment District, sleeping many nights at a YMCA hotel, or on the benches of Central Park. In Manhattan he learned about the fashion retail business. His position selling clothing from a boutique in Greenwich Villagemarker introduced him to women's fashion. He began designing women's fashion inspired by the New York City nightclub scene.

Throughout the 1970s, Tahari remained focused on women's fashions, and his designs were well received. He was one of the first fashion designers to open a boutique on Madison Avenue, in 1974.

In the 1980s, Tahari turned his focus to the tailored suit.

After his 46th birthday he met his future wife. In a collaborative effort, this husband-wife team has tripled the size of the company in the last five years, and launched the Elie Tahari Collection. Tahari has attained the likes of Agyness Deyn, Daria Werbowy and Eugenia Volodina to model his clothing.

In the United States, Tahari has boutiques in New Yorkmarker, Bostonmarker, East Hamptonmarker, Atlantamarker, Bal Harbourmarker, Boca Ratonmarker, and Las Vegasmarker. In the 2007 movie Enchanted, two characters are shown shopping at Tahari's New York City store.

He and his former business partner Andrew Rosen co-founded the Theory fashion brand in 1997. Tahari designed the clothes and Rosen was in charge of marketing and sales. Elie Tahari sold his share of the business in 2003 and is no longer involved in the company.

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