Fashion: Tahari on a Tear

The sportswear innovator is taking his contemporary outfit upscale with a luxury twist

When designer Elie Tahari landed in New York City at age 19 in 1971, he had $300 in his pocket and couldn't read English. After a "miserable" childhood spent in an Israeli orphanage, Tahari had only one dream, and that was the Big Apple--as he had seen it in the movies. With a plane ticket provided free by one of his brothers, then an airline employee, Tahari landed determined to make money.

"I was driven to be successful," he says, "but I didn't know what I would do."

Add him to the Immigrant Makes Good collection. Today, Tahari, 54, is the CEO...

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