Eli Halili has always possessed an innate sense of aesthetic, one that somehow manages to feel timeless yet relevant. His eponymous line, available at his Nolita storefront, Barneys and select retailers, is an expression of a unique worldview, shaped by an insatiable curiosity and desire to create.
Born and raised on a small Moshav in central Israel, Eli’s perspective was shaped by a constant confluence of old and new. During his formative years, the Old City of Jerusalem provided endless inspiration – ancient culture, spirituality, and civilization nestled in every corner. Drawn to archeology and artifacts, Eli is captivated by the idea that an object can be buried and rediscovered through the ages, gaining patina and meaning as it passes through different periods. He is particularly inspired by ancient Middle Eastern artisans, from Egyptian and Mesopotamian to Jewish, Roman, Greek, Byzantine and Islamic. These traditions are filtered through his experience and perspective: his travels, his training as a modern, GIA-certified gemologist and designer, and synergy with the worlds of art and fashion here in New York City.