Elie Tahari

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Elie Tahari's boutique in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City
Elie Tahari's boutique at The Forum Shops at Caesars in Las Vegas, Nevada

Elie Tahari (born in 1952) is an Iranian-American luxury fashion designer of men and women's clothing.[1] Elie Tahari, Ltd., the company he founded, has annual revenue of more than $500 million. [2]


Tahari was born in 1952, the middle son of a Iranian Jewish couple.[3] He has four sisters, Aliza, Diana, Shulie and Illana. He has two brothers Avraham and Yosi.[4] The family immigrated to Israel from Iran and lived in a ma'abara transit camp in what is now Mevasseret Zion. In 1953–1957 the family went back to Iran, returning later to Israel. When his parents divorced and his father remarried, Tahari was sent to an orphanage ("Sde Hemed") in Rishon Lezion, later moving to Tel Aviv ("Maon Hayeled").[citation needed] The following years were spent in Kvutzat Schiller and an Israeli Air Force boarding school in Haifa.[citation needed]

Tahari moved to New York in 1971, working his way up from electrician in the Garment District[5] to the head of his own womenswear line.[6]

Fashion career[edit]

In 1974, Tahari opened a boutique on Madison Avenue. His New York flagship is located in Soho. His designs are described as "tailored, modern, and upscale office-friendly." The line has expanded into menswear and accessories.[7]

In the United States, Tahari has boutiques in New York, Boston, East Hampton, Atlanta, Bal Harbour,[citation needed] Boca Raton, Las Vegas, Aurora, and Dallas.[citation needed]

Tahari and his former business partner Andrew Rosen co-founded the Theory fashion brand in 1997.[8] Tahari designed the clothes and Rosen was in charge of marketing and sales. Tahari sold his share of the business in 2003.[citation needed]


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