Elie Tahari began his self-taught fashion career in 1973 after immigrating to the US from Israel, where he had grown up in an orphanage. Arriving with empty pockets, his desire to work hard translated into selling clothing from a boutique in Greenwich Village. His determination to learn, and his attraction to the energy of New York’s famous Studio 54 club scene in the 1970’s, inspired the initial designs that propelled him into the world of fashion. Less than one year later, he was one of the first fashion designers to open a boutique on Madison Avenue in 1974 at the young age of 22.
Over the course of the next decade, his attention turned from the nightclub to a generation of powerful women entering the workforce. It was the 1980’s and Elie Tahari discovered his passion for dressing women in a tailored suit – a design effort that defined the decade. It was during this time that Elie Tahari honed his skills and earned his reputation in perfecting a fit of meticulous tailoring that women would grow to love and count on for generations to come.