Elie Tahari now lords over a trend empire, however his first job in New York City was washing automobiles for 50 cents an hour.

He fortunately accepted the gig. In the early ’70s, the Israeli had flown to the Big Apple with lower than $100 in his pocket. He first slept on the YMCA for $2 an evening. When he ran out of cash, he slept on a bench in Central Park.

“I didn’t feel it was dangerous — nobody attacks a little homeless kid,” Tahari says in “The United States of Elie Tahari,” premiering on the Brklyn Film Festival this weekend.

The new doc traces his journey from poverty-stricken child to self-made trend mogul who constructed a enterprise off a humble tube prime. The movie options interviews with New York type stalwarts similar to Fern Mallis and Melissa Rivers in addition to designers Nicole Miller and Dennis Basso.

“No one gave him anything. He did this on his own,” Basso says of his good friend.

A current Elie Tahari trend present.Eilon Paz for NY PostElie TahariA brand new documentary, “The United States of Elie Tahari,” charts the designer’s rise.The United States of Elie Tahari

Tahari, who has dressed Hillary Clinton and Joan Rivers, had a fraught childhood in Israel, the place his mother and father settled after fleeing Iran. He was born in a refugee camp and lived in a metal-sheet home with no electrical energy, operating water or indoor toilet.

“The other kids used to make jokes out of me because my clothes were dirty and wrinkled,” Tahari, 70, says within the film.

But clothes was in his blood. His father was a cloth salesman, and his mom sewed his outfits. As a teen, Tahari entered the Israeli Air Force, the place he grew to become a mechanic.

Elie Tahari with actress Katie Holmes at his Summer 2020 runway show.Elie Tahari with actress Katie Holmes at his Summer 2020 runway present.Getty Images For Elie Tahari

When he returned residence in his uniform, his father advised him, “We don’t have room for you — we are too many,” Tahari recollects. He went to his one-bedroom residence and “cried for two days.”

His brother labored for El Al Air and flew free, so Tahari fudged the primary preliminary on a ticket — from his brother’s first preliminary of “A” to an “E” — and set off for the Big Apple.

After scrubbing automobiles, he landed a gig within the Garment District altering mild bulbs in trend homes. Tahari, trying down from the ladder on the motion swirling beneath famous: “I’m in the wrong job.”

Elie Tahari Owner of Tahari Fashions for Financial. March 08, 1985.Elie Tahari in 1985.David Handschuh/New York Post

He began working at a boutique owned by an Israeli man who additionally manufactured clothes. One day, Tahari had an attire epiphany: an elastic, one-size-fits-all, strapless prime {that a} girl might put on outdoors on the pool or seashore.

“With the tube top, it was a natural thing,” Tahari says of his now ubiquitous invention. “Women in the ’70s, when the hippie movement started, they let it all hang out. They didn’t want to wear bra.”

He led to a dozen tube tops to his boss. “I put [them] on the counter and a couple of customers came and started fighting over them.” Soon, the budding designer had his personal enterprise. “It just took off.”

Elie Tahari is interviewed at New York Fashion Week.Elie Tahari is interviewed at New York Fashion Week.Getty Images

A self-proclaimed “night owl” and avid curler skater, he held his first trend present at Studio 54. Naturally, it featured flowy disco-inspired garments. In the Eighties, as girls entered the work power in droves, Tahari pivoted to the ability go well with, pioneering tailor-made, female variations of the boys’s workplace staple. In 1989, he opened a store in Bloomingdale’s on the designer flooring; extra adopted.

In the film, Miller notes that Tahari is a “master tailor.”

“His jackets were exquisite,” she says, recalling one she purchased within the Eighties. “It was plaid with puff shoulders . . . I always got tons of compliments on it. I wore it forever.”

Later, Tahari helped launch Theory and created a lower-priced line of fits that made his clothes out there to a wider viewers. In 2014, he designed a capsule assortment for Kohl’s.

Elie Tahari and Christie Brinkley close out his show in 2019.Elie Tahari and Christie Brinkley shut out his present in 2019.Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows

The married father of two nonetheless exhibits at New York Fashion Week — in 2019, Christie Brinkley and her daughter Sailor Brinkley-Cook walked his runway — and he credit the United States for permitting him to meet his goals.

“[The American flag] is a symbol of the free world. It’s a symbol of freedom. It’s a symbol that we can express ourself,” he says. “I’m very grateful to this country.”

For all of his accomplishments within the trend realm, Tahari stays most pleased with bringing his household to America from Israel.

“I only thought about my family and how I could support them and help them. In the end, I brought everybody here,” he says. “So that was my biggest trophy. My biggest success.”