INTRODUCING KOBI HALPERIN
It’s such a special feeling to buy a piece when you actually know the designer, and you can see the face, the story, and the energy behind what you’re wearing. That’s why I was so excited to co-host a fashion show and shopping event with Kobi Halperin on my 900 x Tali Instagram series!
When Chicago blogger Ali Stone introduced me to Kobi two years ago, I was beyond excited. I started Tel Aviv Couture more than a decade ago to be a voice for Israeli designers in the U.S., and this was an opportunity I wouldn’t even have dreamed of. Bringing designers by myself from Israel was always so challenging because the seasons and the business culture are totally different. But Kobi is established and well known in the U.S., selling in all of the biggest department stores (Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, etc.) and his collection is just unreal.
THE STORIES BEHIND THE STYLE
Kobi and I clicked immediately, like love at first sight. His clothing is amazing: he makes all different styles from trendy cardigan sweaters to the amazing outfits I wore in Costa Rica. He is based in New York and does a lot of work with his wife Sagit. He is also an amazing father to two kids. It’s so wonderful to know that you can connect with the personality behind your clothes! He is amazingly sweet and kind and has a very contagious energy that makes you feel amazing right away. We have that energy in common, and that love of making people feel amazing.
One of the things I love so much about Kobi is how flattering his clothes are, and how he really makes the effort to understand women’s minds and bodies. His designs are very body-conscious, amazing quality, age appropriate, and he nailed the perfect balance between trendy and timeless.
THE NEXT LEVEL RETAIL EXPERIENCE
With the age of social media and online shopping, especially during the pandemic, we had to get creative about the way we shop. My last event with Kobi was unforgettable, and I wanted to recreate it the best and safest way. So I decided to virtually host Kobi himself on my IG Live series with the 900 shops! We talked about his story as a designer, his inspiration for Spring 2021 collection, and had a mini fashion show to style all the fun pieces! It was great to show people the collection this way, because on the hanger or online just doesn’t do it justice.
900 SHOPS: AN INSTITUTION AND AN INSPIRATION
We had the event at the 900 shops on Michigan Avenue, which was completely perfect. Bloomingdale’s sells Kobi’s pieces and the building is basically a Chicago landmark! It has been just pure pleasure working with them, and I love how they are so good at taking care of their people and the stores treat everyone like a celebrity. It’s a one-stop-shop for all different kinds of designers, price points, even kids and an epic food court.
Thank you so much to 900 shops and Kobi Halperin for having this event and bringing your amazing pieces to all of us, thank you to Bloomingdale’s for helping everyone shop the collection (text , thank you to everyone who came for having fun with us, and thanks to everyone who followed along for always supporting! Make sure to sign up for my email list so you don’t miss my next events and your chances to elevate your style and shopping experience.