Israel Bonds Atlanta’s Women’s Division will host founder and designer Elie Tahari for a briefing and fashion show at his Phipps Plaza store Oct. 24. Bonnie Berk and Kim Kopelman will co-chair the event, which will feature champagne, wine, hors d’oeuvres and desserts by A Kosher Touch.
“Today’s women are increasingly investment savvy,” Berk said. “According to recent studies, they appreciate less risky investments with dependable results. Women have traditionally been the organizers and managers of charitable nonprofits; their enthusiasm attracting attention, participation and success. Today’s Israel Bonds for Women wants to tap into that energy and expertise, while fulfilling an investment strategy for women and their families,” she said.
“Join us for an evening of fun. What could be better than cocktails, dinner and beautiful clothes? Do not miss this!”
Tahari is no stranger to Atlanta, having opened the Elie Tahari collection store here in 2011. His former wife and in-laws have roots here as well. In terms of the Southern woman, he has this to say from New York: “I am always struck by the genuine warmth and hospitality in Atlanta and the surrounding area. I have also found many design inspirations from the American South – especially the vibrant colors and patterns we see across this beautiful region,” Tahari said.
“In New York, many women are running from meetings, lunches, and then to cocktail and dinner parties, all without going home in between, so their outfits have to have a certain neutrality to them. There is often a different pace in the South, so they can really take the time to enjoy daily events, … and be more spontaneous, colorful, and energetic.”
Having been raised in an orphanage in Israel, he has dedicated much of his adult life to supporting that country’s development and prosperity. “Many years ago, I began a partnership with an amazing organization, Israel Bonds, because their proceeds have helped make Israel a world leader in innovation, technology.” Arriving in the U.S. with empty pockets, his desire to work hard translated into selling clothing from a boutique in Greenwich Village.
His determination and attraction to the energy of New York’s famous Studio 54 club scene in the 1970s inspired the initial designs that propelled him. Less than one year later, in 1974, he was one of the first fashion designers to open a boutique on Madison Avenue at the young age of 22.
Many might remember that Tahari started the Theory brand and has since sold it.
Elie Tahari’s collections can be found in every major department store around the world: Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Harrods. His designs have been worn by celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Bradley Cooper, Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Elizabeth Hurley, Gwyneth Paltrow, and have been featured globally in every major fashion publication from Vogue to W.
“We are thrilled to have Elie Tahari here in Atlanta for our women’s event and fashion show,” said Jacqueline Miron, a registered representative of Israel Bonds. “Mr. Tahari is one of Israel’s inspiring success stories as he oversees a fashion empire. He will discuss his designs and share his amazing story,” she said.
“Our Israel Bonds Women’s Division facilitates connections between Jewish women and the modern State of Israel. By offering opportunities that both strengthen portfolios and Israel’s economy, the Women’s Division is uniquely positioned to provide women with the means to achieve financial goals in a significant, yet personal way. Our objective is to have 40 women share a meaningful and inspiring evening with Elie Tahari and generate increased bond purchases by women in the Atlanta community.”
Space is limited for the Atlanta event, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Tickets are $40 (not tax deductible). A minimum $100 Israel Bonds purchased is required. Shoppers will receive a discount on clothing. For tickets or more information, email Jacqueline.email@example.com or call 404-857-1065.