Sharon Tal is a fashion design rockstar. She has worked for Alber Elbaz at Lanvin and for fashion legend Alexander McQueen and now Sharon’s the driving force behind the revitalization of Maskit, the first and only Israeli fashion house.
This Girl Crush is MAJOR for us you guys – and, honestly, we’re a little awe struck. This is convergence of like all things we hold dear – fashion, female empowerment and Israel – Hallie and Elana’s favorite place on earth – in fact we were there together in 2011 with JWRP!
The clothing coming out of Maskit seems to achieve that delicate balance of effortless elegance. It’s current, but yet classic. Chic, but wearable. Detailed, but not overly tchotchke. And, that’s just what we can gleen from seeing it on line and obsessively reading reviews, because as of now, Maskit is only sold in Israel (total sad face). Back in it’s hey day, the label collaborated with designers like Dior, YSL and Givenchy and was available at Saks, Bergdorfs and Neimans – MAJOR. right?!?
Ok, ok. We’ll give you a quickie history lesson…The brand was founded in 1954 by Ruth Dayan (widow of Moshe Dayan) in the spirit of social entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment. It allowed Dayan to create jobs for new immigrants while preserving the ethnic crafts and cultures of the various communities living in Israel. After many years of success and international recognition, Maskit closed it’s doors in 1994, after it had become privatized. Nearly a decade later Sharon Tal committed to reviving the iconic Israeli label with 99 year old Ruth’s blessing and mentorship.
Coming to Cleveland
Great story, right? Well guess what? If you live in Cleveland, you can hear Sharon’s story first hand AND see the Maskit line for yourself IN PERSON! Yup, our girl crush is coming to the CLE!
And, while we’ve not met Sharon in person yet, we’ve been in touch anticipating her visit, and she let us in on her 5 favorite things… Check them out and we think you’ll be crushing hard – btw, totally picking up that body cream ASAP! Oh, and the desert coat too….
Sharon’s Top 5
- My favorite piece in my closet
The Maskit desert coat – there’s no way I’m leaving the house without it… it’s the iconic item of Maskit since 1954. It’s light but still very warming, easy going but dressy. And the most chic item I have in my closet.
2. My favorite restaurant in Israel
I love going to Montifiore Hotel for breakfast, or dinner. First the food is great, and second it captures the energy of Tel Aviv. A place that combines the right local people with the elite of the tourists . It’s based in the heart of Tel Aviv.
3. The best body cream
I’m obsessed with Clarins Extra Firming Body Cream. I live in Israel ,and travel a lot. This cream keeps my skin look fresh all day long.
4. My favorite lipstick
MAC Cremesheen Peach Blossom I’m not a make-up kind of girl, but this lipstick with its natural color, is always in my purse.
5. My signature scent
Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia. It’s always fresh, and stays on me for long hours.
What: Sharon Tal @ Women’s Philanthropy Spring Luncheon
When: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Where: Landerhaven – 6111 Landerhaven Drive, Mayfield Heights, OH
Cost: Lunch & Program $48 (not tax-deductible) kosher dietary laws observed
Bonus: After the presentation, there will be a trunk show featuring Maskit clothing available for purchase
To register: click here
We’ll be there, and our new friend Sharon will be there, and the Maskit clothing line will be there – hope you can make it too… And, just sayin’ Michelle Obama owns the iconic Maskit desert coat, and now you can too…
Hope to see you May 18th!