← Critic Award Winners: Kobi Halperin
For the women who “celebrate getting dressed every day,” Kobi is known for his unique designs and his love for details. Deeply inspired by his Eastern European roots and heritage, Kobi’s collections are marked with a feeling of warm tradition felt in the handcrafted touch and workmanship that embody his aesthetic.
Born and raised in Israel, Kobi studied and received his BFA from Shenkar College of Engineering and Design. Upon graduating, Kobi moved to New York, where he was the executive creative director at Elie Tahari for 13 years and the executive creative director at Kenneth Cole Productions for 3 years.
In 2015, Kobi launched his eponymous ready-to-wear label. It embodies a European sensibility and is recognized by its crafted artisan details and modern femininity. With a design philosophy that aims to elevate the everyday, Kobi’s collections are made with luxurious fabrics and beautiful hand-worked embellishments. Credited with creating an aspirational yet accessible label, Kobi bridges the gap between timelessness and trend and continues to build a dynamic brand with a global reach, through smart design and a distinct point of view. In 2016, Kobi became a member of the CFDA.
Kobi’s other passion in life is mentoring and developing the future of fashion. He is actively involved with cultivating his alma mater’s emerging fashion students, being a mentor to Savannah College of Art and Design students, and being a role model to his two daughters, Mika and Gali.
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