Elie Tahari has created stylish and desirable clothes for over thirty years, building one of the most successful fashion brands in the world. With his unique talent for dressing modern, sexy, and sophisticated women, Tahari runs a $500 million business with global presence in more than 40 countries including 600 U.S. stores and free-standing boutiques in New York City, East Hampton, Las Vegas, Boston, Atlanta, Boca Raton, and Bal Harbour.
Elie Tahari grew up in an Israeli orphanage and made his way to New York City with less than $100 in his pocket. While moonlighting at a boutique in Greenwich Village in the 70’s, he was introduced to the world of fashion. Inspired by that era’s dazzling discos, Elie began to create flirty dance dresses and his label was born. His creations were so well-received that he was one of the first designers to open a boutique on Madison Avenue in 1974. Parlaying his keen ability to predict what a woman wants from fashion before she even knows it, he turned his attention in the 80’s to the tailored suit – a design effort that redefined a decade.
Today, Elie Tahari continues to delight women with styles inspired by his belief that “clothing should be quieter than the woman so that her true beauty can shine through.” In 2006, the company launched a full menswear line and expanded into accessories with a luxury shoe and bag collection. In 2008, the expansion continued with new licensees for men’s shirts, ties, and leather accessories, as well as the introduction of women’s costume jewelry.
This month, Elie Tahari announced that his company will partner with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) this summer to help promote the sales of select CFDA jewelry designers. These designers’ creations will be featured in the Elie Tahari East Hampton flagship boutique starting the first week in July, and lasting through the first week in September. Two different and distinct accessories designers will be featured in two-week rotations in order to give the designers a chance to reach a wider, or in some cases new, clientele.
Participating designers include: Kara Ross, Robin Renzi of Me & Ro, Subversive Jewelry designer and recent CFDA award winner Justin Guinta, Mimi So, Stephen Dweck, Simon Alcantara, Gerard Yosca, Isaac Manevitz of Ben-Amun, Janis Savitt and Patricia Von Musulin. Pieces from these designers’ collections will be showcased on the main floor of the 5,000 square foot store, which was designed by renowned architect Piero Lissoni. The Elie Tahari store windows will feature signage promoting each designer during the time that their work is showcased. Designers Justin Guinta, Mimi So, Isaac Manevitz and Simon Alcantara will also make special appearances one day during their session for an in-store shopping event.
“Our East Hampton store is the perfect showcase for these amazing and talented designers, said Elie Tahari, Chairman and CEO of Elie Tahari Ltd. “I wanted to show my support for the fashion industry by giving these designers a platform from which to raise awareness of their brand and to be seen in a highly trafficked environment such as the Hamptons.”
Steven Kolb, CFDA’s Executive Director, adds: “I commend Elie Tahari for creating this unique opportunity for ten of his fellow CFDA Members – not only to increase their sales, but also to work closely with each other in the spirit of community and camaraderie, which is a priority on CFDA President, Diane von Furstenberg’s agenda”.
To view Elie Tahari’s complete CFDA Member Profile please click here.