Where to find the most unique gifts in Tel Aviv
One of the most satisfying feelings is scoring a gift for someone that you just know is going to be a winner. While Tel Aviv is rife with awesome indie fashion designers hawking stellar gift options, if clothes are not exactly what you're after, be sure to check out the local bounty of Israeli jewelry designers and, of course, Israel's markets, where you'll find flea market treasures and regional delicacies from olive oil to tehina and silan (date honey). Our ultimate guide to Neve Tzedek or a stroll down Shenkin Street will undoubtedly unleash a multitude of options as well. But for those seeking extra-thoughtful presents (think the latest Israeli cookbook for your foodie friends or Japanese cotton socks for your boyfriend's safta) these beautiful shops have something for all tastes, styles and homes.
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.
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.
Israeli designers you'll want to know
Dodo Bar Or
Dorit Bar-Or started out in the public’s eye as an actress that gradually turned to a fashion icon and designer. Her first brand’s name was ‘Pas Pour Toi’ ('not for you' in French), and for fashion week in Tel Aviv, she personalized her brand, using her nickname: Dodo Bar-Or. In her designs, Bar-Or held true to her unique taste and love for the spicy flavors of the Middle East. She likes to mix oriental and rock n roll. Her signature style is underlined by specifically detailed embroideries and hand-made stitching. Her Arabic Keffiyeh styled dresses have already made a name for themselves worldwide before she even branched out. Bar-Or started her international adventure in Parisand later got featured in magazines such as Vogue Paris, Vogue Italy and British Vogue. Celebrities like: Demi Lovato, Kelly Osborne and Selena Gomez love wearing her unique clothes, and the stores: Net A Porter, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorfgoodman, and many more are selling her authentic handwork, high quality fabrics and leather crafted designs.
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.