The top Israeli wedding dress designers
There’s nothing more picture perfect than a White wedding in the White City. Any day of the week, you’re bound to stumble upon a wedding ceremony or sunset wedding photo shoot just by walking along the sandy shores of one of Israel’s beaches. When the words “Israeli wedding designer” pop up, we often think of the greats, like Berta Bridal. However, there are many aesthetically captivating and popular bridal gown designers like Inbal Dror and Israel’s “Project Runway” winner, Alon Livne, who do not require a reservation two years in advance. It’s worth a trip to the Middle East just to check out these handpicked studios. Come to the Holy Land, take in the sights, sample some great food, shop ‘til you drop, and try on some breathtaking dresses. If there’s a place to find the one and have some fun, this is it.
The best Israeli jewelry designers
The Israeli shopping scene is more than just big-name shopping mall chains and a network of manic markets. Though your guidebook will surely direct you towards Mahane Yehuda or the infamous Dizengoff center, what it won’t tell you about is the up-and-coming community of Israeli jewelry designers bursting onto the scene. Scattered around Israel, with a majority along the pedestrian-heavy Dizengoff street (in central Tel Aviv) and Shabazi street (in Neve Tzedek), are a number of innovative artists crafting handmade, customized earrings, rings, bracelet, necklaces and accessories. We’ve got the inside scoop on where to find the best Israeli jewelry designers—the ones who put the ‘jew’ in jewelry.
Shopping in Tel Aviv: the best fashion boutiques
Fashionistas from all walks of earth swarm the busy Tel Aviv streets year round on a hunt for fierce fashion. While the less versed travelers are drawn to big shopping malls and smaller markets that test out their haggling skills, the real magic takes place inside the city’s boutiques, which house cutting edge Israeli and international designers. From the hip Showroom on Rothschild Boulevard to designer digs on Dizengoff, shopping in Tel Aviv has never been so popular. That’s why we’ve come up with a personalized style guide to the best fashion boutiques in Tel Aviv to fulfill your shopaholic needs. Leave the cash at home, this trip will need some serious platinum.
Fierce and fabulous Israeli fashion designers
Though internationally known for its wedding dress designers, Israel’s fashion scene stretches far beyond chiffon and tulle. From Maya Negri to project runway winner Alon Livne, Israeli fashion designers are making their mark in the industry as they dream up new collections and seasonal styles that don’t require a reservation. With elegant evening wear, casual flare, and accessories to match, step into the boutiques of these top Israeli fashion designers to get a taste of their artistic genius.
The ultimate guide to Neve Tzedek
Shabazi Street, the main axis of Tel Aviv’s breezy Neve Tzedek neighborhood, is brimming with covetable local and international fashion brands, designer houseware, and a touch of je ne sais quoi. From its humble beginnings as Tel Aviv’s very first neighborhood, its ever-charming real estate has soared in recent years, making it one of the White City’s most eclectic and indulgent shopping destinations, and a hub for French expats.
Israeli designers you'll want to know
Since the age of 17, Alon Livné has worked in premiere luxury European houses to become one of Israel’s most prestigious fashion designers, having trained at Alexander McQueen in London and Roberto Cavalli in Florence. After winning “Project Runway” in Israel, demand for Alon’s work skyrocketed. In February 2013, he was invited to participate in Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week where he presented his Fall-Winter 2013 collection at Lincoln Center. The collection was described by critics as, “a darkly beautiful and wonderfully constructed collection of evening looks…well-tailored and chic.” Alon Livne presents his collections regularly at MBFW New York, and his Bridal line “Alon Livne White” is recognized worldwide for its luxurious, innovative and outstanding designs. Those searching for pieces from one of Israel's finest and most well known dress and womenswear designers should have no problem finding their dream piece here.
Gadi is one of the leading stylists in the Israeli fashion industry with seventeen years of experience. His lifelong work includes productions for television, movies, magazines, catalogs and personal styling for leading artists and celebrities.This season, Gadi Elimelech presented an unbelievably stunning bridal collection characterized by a classic minimalist design and an emphasis on detail. The dresses are delicate with artistic ornamentation around the hip, neck and arms. Gadi chose fabrics consisting of Chiffon and crepe white silk to create wearable dresses for brides desiring a simple, carefree, yet elegant style.
Tres as a brand is an effortless choice for Tel Avivian woman. Their flattering pieces are impeccably tailored and geared towards the urban and fearless stylish citizens of Tel Aviv. The brand’s wide range of products gives clients of any age and style a variety of clothing choices for all hours of the day. While the variety of styles is large, two things are guaranteed in every product: quality and sophistication. The current collection includes evening and day dresses as well as individual pieces. Aimed at pleasing the fashion forward clientele, Tres’ philosophy is to create garments that make women feel beautiful, confident, and most importantly, uniquely Tel Avivian.
Only one year after graduating with honors from the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in 2006, Anna Fleet opened a studio under her name in Tel Aviv with a couture ready-to-wear bridal line. Born into a family of sculptors, Anya developed aesthetic sensitivity and a fascination for art & fashion design from a very young age. Stemming from a wide range of inspirations, she uses the finest fabrics to add sophistication and elegance to each gown. Each dress is meticulously handmade to measure, using various combinations of lace, ornate beading and hand embroidery.
Aviva Zilberman fulfilled her ambition to offer definitively modern fashion by founding her own high-end ready-to-wear house. Since the brand launched, its mission was to create a day wardrobe that will allow women to reveal the elegance that they all possess, even if it is challenging to express it. Her vision of fashion is the result of the continuous effort to create the perfect structure of garments and her concern of realistic proportions and sizes for women. She creates elegant collections that contain powerful and delicate structures, where a masculine strictness and a feminine sensuality are clearly present, and where outfits lay on the body with extreme precision. Come by the stunning boutique to browse through the selection of memorable items.
The best boutiques in Jerusalem
A pinch of nostalgia, a generous helping of romance, and a sprinkle of vintage and retro make up Naama Bezalel. This boutique store solidifies Naama's passion for fashion. The Jerusalem-born designer, who graduated from Shenkar College of Design, is a senior Israeli fashion designer in the industry. Her love of aesthetics was inherited from her mother and shines through every colorful clothing piece she sells. Today, she runs a chain of nine stores and a spacious studio that sells feminine and flattering collections for daytime and eveningwear. Her brand features loose cuts and comfortable garments for modern women to feel stylish. Own a little piece of "Naama nostalgia" today.
With a background in theatre, Rina Zin started out in accessories and children's clothing design, where she opened her first brand store in Yavne, her hometown. Today, she owns four boutiques and an outlet shop in Israel and they are all thriving. The Jerusalem branch of Rina Zin is located in a beautiful antique structure, with a European historical atmosphere and an equally beautiful urban garden. It is a gift to own one of her special creations, designed from start to finish with the utmost thought and care.
This trendy fashion shop brings some of the most elegant and refined clothing and shoes from European designers to the Holy City. Rive Gauche redefines high-end couture in Israel, offering the hottest trends the minute they hit Europe right in our very own backyard. When you try on an item at Rive Gauche Jerusalem, you can feel the love that goes into the selection of every piece of clothing. No "fashion," just authenticity.
Noami Vintage (formerly "Now, Me")
Naomi Vintage sells secondhand clothing in Mahane Yehuda that looks and feels fresh off the hanger. The shop carries natural fibers like wool, cotton, linen, silk and leather. Beatrice Bellemere, owner and visionary of Naomi, explains, "I have a sense for quality-made items and enjoy helping my customers look good." While you feel as though you're dumpster diving for hidden gems in other secondhand stores, Bellemere helps her customers find flattering clothes in a calm, organized manner.
As Adi says himself, his store is "an unusual one." After returning to school at age forty to pursue his dream of shoe design and manufacturing, Adi Kilav opened his first shoe store. Today, twelve years later, he has two stores in Israel and an online local store as well as an Etsy account for international buyers. His classic contemporary take on shoes allows him to be daring with bold color choices while keeping his footwear comfortable. He runs a limited edition of his leather creations to keep ideas fresh and customers engaged.
The best malls in Israel
Ramat Aviv Mall
Looking for a laidback, relaxed environment, away from the bustling Tel Aviv’s city center? With over 130 shops, including Spanish chains like Bershka and Zara, a MAC counter, Diesel and G-Star, plus local gems like Cala and SOHO, Ramat Aviv mall has a lot to offer without the stressful crowds.
Tel-Aviv Azrieli Mall
Azrieli Mall is the place to frequent if you're a homesick tourist seeking some retail therapy. Glide up and down its escalators, and weave in and out of Gap and H&M to escape to anywhere, USA. But at the end of the day, its uniquely shaped triangular, circular and square towers are distinctly Tel Aviv.
Haifa Azrieli Mall
The location of Haifa Mall, part of the Azrieli Group, in the southern area of the city makes it especially accessible and attractive. The mall has hundreds of stores selling fashion, optics, shoes, toys, and a wide range of restaurants, coffee shops and entertainment venues fit for the entire family.
Alrov Mamilla Mall
This luxurious shopping avenue connects the city center with the Old City and walking through it will take you to Jaffa Gate. Beautifully constructed, Mamilla Mall is home to many international brands and designer stores. Between the shops are a handful of restaurants and cafes.
The best Israeli Markets
Specializing in fresh produce and clothes, Carmel Market is Tel Aviv’s largest and busiest market. With dozens of stalls selling fresh meat, fish, fruit and vegetables and the likes, you can take in all the sights, sounds and smells the Carmel Market has to offer while hunting for the cheapest bargain. The market is especially busy on Fridays, so be sure to get there early for your Shabbat fixings.
Mahane Yehuda Market
An intoxicating fusion of colors, scents and sounds, Mahane Yehuda is Jerusalem’s biggest and oldest market. The stalls here sell everything from fresh produce to clothing and in recent years, Mahane Yehuda has also become a yuppie hub with designer boutiques and top chef restaurants.
Jaffa Flea Market
Poor quality bric-a-brac lies alongside vintage treasures and antique furniture in Jaffa’s flea market. Of all the places to work your haggling skills, this is it. Even just wandering among the clothes stalls, traipsing around secondhand stores or grabbing some authentic street food is enough to make for a blissful day.
Sarona Compound, a 140-year-old former Templar colony, is the first culinary center of its kind in Israel. An 8,700-square-meter market houses dozens of specialty food shops from all around the world. Inside the market, you’ll find everything imaginable from Dutch cheese to waffle towers and even Asian buns. Just outside the indoor market, dozens of clothing, book and shoe stores line its lanes, interspersed with lily ponds and grassy areas to relax.
Old City Market (Arab Souq)
With a distinctive Arabian nights feel to it, the Arab market – or souq – located in the Christian and Muslim Quarters of the Old City is a labyrinth of alleyways lined with shops selling everything from handmade jewelry and exotic scarves to hookahs and ceramics.