HOUSE OF HALPERIN: Design and financial sources said Kobi Halperin, executive creative director of Elie Tahari, is close to leaving his post and setting up shop on his own. Although Halperin declined comment, he’s said to be scouting for investors to fund his own branded collection and could leave Tahari before the end of the year. The Israeli-born designer was promoted to his most recent post last year in the wake of the departure of Rory Tahari following her separation from Elie.

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