Nili Lotan is an Israeli-American fashion designer, founder of the Nili Lotan Design Studio. Nili Shapira (later Lotan) was born in Netanya, Israel. Her father, Moshe Shapira, was a real estate developer there. She served for two years in the Israeli Air Force before attending Shenkar Fashion Institute in Tel Aviv. Lotan notes publicly that her early life -growing up of European parents in Israel- and military service have been important influences on her approach to design. Lotan has three children and resides in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City. Lotan’s career began in 1980 after relocation to NYC.