Liraz Cohen Mordechai (Liri):
Founder and CEO
Liri is a fashion lecturer and NYC fashion blogger who holds a Master’s degree in Global Fashion Management from FIT. Liri also manages the NY- Israel Fash&Tech Meetup community and, as a certified stylist, is deeply involved in the fashion industry in NYC.
Liri has an in depth understanding of US Jewish community’s culture and interests from her extensive experience as Program Director at Duke University, where she led the effort of bringing Israel to campus from various perspectives. Due to her achievements in this role she won AIPAC’s Alley of the Year Award and was nominated for Duke’s Star Advisor Award.
Prior to working at Duke, Liri was ZARA Israel’s Training and Development Department Manager responsible for the fashion, leadership and educational trainings for 1700 employees in over 50 stores. Furthermore, Liri has over 10 years of experience in facilitating educational activities.
Ilan Peleg Dotan:
Israel Program Director
Graduated Fashion design from Shenkar University in 2016 with honors. Has an in-depth understanding of the Israeli fashion industry, due to her experience: fashion buyer assistant for an Israeli department brand, interned for Kobi Halprin in New York, worked for the Maskit fashion house and for designer Shahar Avnet who has dressed stars like Beyoncé and Zendaya.
Ilan also has a wide background in education from her IDF service and from working with the Jewish community in Seattle, the SJCS and Beth Shalom temple and community.
Her aspirations are to keep exploring and supporting the Israeli fashion industry, to travel the world, explore new cultures, arts, architecture, music, festivals, markets, people and LOVE!
Ilan Dotan graduated from Shenkar University in 2016 with honors.
She did an internship with Kobi Halprin in New York and helped him launch his brand in Bloomingdales. Later she worked as a designer for Maskit and worked with designer Shahar Avnet who has dressed stars like Beyoncé and Zendaya.
She grew up in a creative family that allowed her to discover her love of design. Influenced by her grandmother, who is still a seamstress, and her mother, a fashion buyer for an Israeli department brand, she then followed in their footsteps and created her fashion career.
Her aspirations are to travel the world, explore new cultures, arts, architecture, music, festivals, markets, people and clearly, LOVE!
In 2014, she moved from Israel to Pittsburgh to be part of the Jewish Agency, Israel Fellow to Hillel Jewish University Center. She fell in love with education and the way she could truly impact someone—from the way he/she thinks about Israel or his/ her own story. She LOVED working with her students, engaging with young adults, and thought how as an educator she can empower them and help them find their way.
A travel & fashion blogger and writer with an uncatchy blog name- shoegaloxana= shoe-gal-oxana, a fashion journalism graduate. Musician, and a voice teacher, basically trying to live every single day to the fullest and travel as much as she can.
Loran Stern (Lori):
A plus size fashion blogger, model, and body positive activist. Her initial love of fashion sparked a real passion to learn the history and background of fashion. She realized that the fashion industry is all about one certain beauty ideal, and that frustrated her. She decided to open a fashion blog and be able to empower herself and others, to express acceptance and love.
As a fashion designer, she sees the importance of telling her personal story through her clothes and jewelry. The most amazing thing about it is that she feels inspired by anything, even if it’s not related to fashion or art. That’s what keeps her creating and making new ideas and in doing so, making her dreams come true.
A Retail and Consumer Behavior major with certificates in Business and Entrepreneurship from University of Wisconsin-Madison.Who had the opportunity to go to Milan Fashion Week while studying abroad in Italy.
A Marketing and Information Systems major from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She has a passion for fashion and has even competed with a custom dress that she designed and made.