Lifelong New Yorkers (and married couple) Leslie and Fern Penn began making regular trips to Israel nearly three decades ago, well before they opened Rosebud in 2003. In an effort to re-create the chic Tel Aviv boutiques they encountered on their travels, every item in the duo’s spacious, whitewashed store is designed and made in Israel. The Penns journey to the mother country bimonthly to replenish their stock of women’s clothing from a dozen or so rising designers like Hagar Alembik and Kedem Sasson, plus handmade ceramics ($40–$100), glassware ($30–$150) and hand-painted silk scarves that are either tie-dyed ($160) or adorned with appliqué roses ($215). On a recent visit, we discovered classic pieces like Ronen Chen tunic dresses ($165) and stretchy pencil skirts ($175), which emphasize both style and comfort. Gorgeous leather goods by Kisim range from origami-style wallets ($40–$60) to fringed tote bags ($250) and roomy, understated satchels ($390). Most notable among the jewelry selection are multitasking gold-and-leather Nava Glazer necklaces that can also be wrapped around the wrist and worn as a bracelets ($135). The next time you’re in the market for a unique gift, check out artist Anat Rom’s handmade plush dolls called Mooshonim ($30), which resemble Ugly Dolls with horns.
131 Thompson St
|Cross street:||between W Houston and Prince Sts|
|Opening hours:||Daily noon–7pm|
|Transport:||Subway: C, E to Spring St|