Elie Tahari

  Male      Iranian      Designer

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

Tahari was born in 1952, the middle son of a Iranian Jewish couple. He has four sisters, Aliza, Diana, Shulie and Illana. He has two brothers Avraham and Yosi. 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"). The following years were spent in Kvutzat Schiller and an Israeli Air Force boarding school in Haifa.

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

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