Though barely out of high school, Elan Savir believed he had something to prove to his family and friends: That the native of Israel, who was raised mostly in New York and South Florida, could find success in Miami. And he could do it with a sense of style. “When I was 18, I started working in clothing stores,” Savir recalls. “At that time [the late 1980s], everyone who I knew that was successful was involved in the fashion industry. To me, success equaled a clothing company. I always had a good eye, and I wanted to make something out of myself. At the time, Miami was a huge fashion hub. There were many factories and fabric mills. Pursuing this industry felt very natural to me.” Inspired by his future father-in-law—who operated a string of successful boutiques in Hollywood Beach, creating clothing and bathing suits for the business—Savir started by thrifting for used jeans and other fabrics. He would then color, cut and stitch the pieces together into edgy denim creations and 1990s-style club dresses. Once finished, he would pack up the trunk of his car and drive up and down the Florida coast to sell his designs. As his work evolved, the industry took notice. “Everyone thought I knew what I was doing,” he says. “No one realized that I was actually just starting out.” It was the beginning of one of the longest-running and most beloved fashion acts in South Florida. In 1991, Savir launched Elan, his namesake company for women’s clothing that, initially, focused exclusively on designing and producing an annual line of resort wear. Three decades later, Elan has transformed into a contemporary, year-round line—not to mention, a family affair. Savir, along with his wife, Galit, and three daughters (Leah, Sarah, and Senaya), as well as more than 150 employees, all have a hand in creating collections for every season—fall, winter, spring, summer and resort. No matter the time of year, there are consistent and flattering threads of comfort and confidence that run through collections designed for the “adventurous fashionista.” “About 12 years ago, we started to make the transition into ready-to-wear collections,” he says. “We started with a fall line, which helped to open up a new client base for us. It was natural to expand to spring, summer, and winter, with resort being our fifth component.”

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