10 Israeli designers sold internationally - from Dodo Bar Or to Ronen Chen
Israel is rife with fierce and fabulous Israeli fashion designers, hand stitching and crafting everything from expensive Israeli Jewelry to affordable secondhand and vintage clothing. The longer the fashion scene persists in Tel Aviv and the likes, the more up-and-coming fashion designers like Dodo Bar Or blossom and are no longer up-and-coming. Eventually, that persistent uniqueness that made these creative minds successful locally crosses over to the international sphere. These 10 Israeli designers have made the plunge, selling their clothing abroad and gaining all the more success for it.
The best shopping in Tel Aviv for fashionable menswear
While many fierce and fabulous Israeli fashion designers focus on women’s clothing, designer menswear is on the up-and-up in Tel Aviv. From casual chic to Jaffa street fashion, we’ve toured the White City in search of the best fashion boutiques for men. From Showroom at the base of Rothschild Boulevard to Story in Sarona, these are the top five stores to frequent for menswear when shopping in Tel Aviv.
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.
A stroll down Shenkin Street - the shops that stood the test of time
Fleeting shops may come and go but the more things change, the more they stay the same. Shenkin street used to be the busiest and trendiest street as far as shopping in Tel Aviv went, but over the years, the rapid turnover rate and high rent has affected the success of many neighborhood boutiques. Just steps from the Carmel Market on one end and intersecting with Rothschild Boulevard on the other, the never-ending street has seen its fare share of shops open and close. However, whether it’s because of their booming success, some miracle act or a stubborn resistance to accept defeat, a handful of designer boutiques have managed to stand the test of time. These are four of the fashionable stores that are still going strong on the once-trendy straight away.
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.
Fairy tales and fashion find their fusion at PIOO PIOO
Mor Valin, the woman behind fashion brand Pioo Pioo, makes the world a happier place. Drawing on the playful side of fashion, Valin creates clothing with a magical touch, and a little bit of edge. Think dresses wrapped up in ruffles and asymmetric hems in fun prints — pieces that will ensure you stand out from the crowd, and earn you some major style points. Valin isn’t afraid to be bold and make a bang, in fact, the namesake of ‘Pioo Pioo’ stems from the childish mimicking sounds of a gun being fired. © Dana Waxler Whilst Pioo Pioo’s designs may be playful, Valin does not mess around. Armed with a degree from Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, she is responsible for many an Israeli celeb gracing the Best Dressed lists. Moreover, Valin appreciates the value of good customer service, making the shopping experience a true joy. © Dana Waxler Valin takes inspiration from all over; her 2017 Fall/Winter collection drew on a Russian legend. Fairy tale princesses, frozen winter landscapes and magical creatures were all channeled into a colourful collection, which mixed traditional Russian design techniques with modern, pop-style prints. Oversized, robe dresses with statement sleeves and sophisticated suits added a tougher edge. Tassels, synthetic fur necklines and bold prints ensure that every piece was unique, and would make a statement. This is the place to embrace femininity, have a giggle and indulge in some well-deserved ret
Wind of change: Myki fashion boutique migrates to the other side of town with a new collection and a new state of mind
Now that the glitter of Fashion Week is behind us and the models are all getting their beauty sleep, it's time to come back to real life and discuss wearable fashion at its best. A good example would be veteran store Myki, the brainchild of fashion designer and boutique owner Maya Zukerman, which has been around for some time now producing style-meets-comfort fashion. It started out in 2004 as Mayu, but after a few years and a few branches scattered around town, Zukerman and her partners agreed to go their separate ways. Maya decided to keep the store located on Rabin Square and rebrand herself as Myki. © Ksu Shachmester Today, with a new collection and a wide clientele base following her every move, it seems only natural that Zukerman would take the next step and separate herself completely from her old venture. The new store seems to be the exact change Zukerman was looking for. She dropped the all white designed boutique that was associated with the Mayu brand, moved to the heart of the city leaving the crowded area of Rabin Square behind, and as creative ambitious people tend to do, she is now making it better and well...bigger. Monochromatic colors, Japanese minimalism and respect for comfort are the core values of Myki. From dresses to pants, shirts, shoes and bags, Myki has it all in small quantities, but with a ton of style. Whether it’s her own collection or Myki’s well curated garments, the motto is the same: "clothes to be worn and not clothes for
Playing dress up: a mixed bag of stylish locals and personalities to match
When it comes to people-watching, there is plenty of eye candy strolling down Tel Aviv’s eclectic streets. We’ve singled out a mixed bag of stylish locals and personalities to match - just in time for Purim - when crazy costumes and outrageous get-ups are all part of the wild fun parading around the country. Here is what they had to say about getting dressed up. Uriel Yekutiel Actor & Stage Artist, 28 @urielyekutiel Uriel Yekutiel // Happy Socks for Story What is your uniform? Most of the time I wear a tight black sweatsuit, a black shirt, a black coat and white boots. Brands or vintage? My vintage game is not very strong, so brands. Most precious item of clothing: My all white shoe collection. Favorite color/fabric? Black sweat suits. Best place to shop in Israel and abroad: I buy from Story, Gingi on Tchernichovsky, or Not For Sale. When I am abroad, I go to H&M and Topshop, and I get lost for like a whole year. Style icon? I’m really crushing on Chance the Rapper, even though I don’t dress like him at all. Worst fashion fail: When I was going out to the club in all white. Trend to bring back? Colored glasses like Anastasia. Trend to leave behind? Girls in drag makeup. Describe Israeli fashion in one sentence... ...Ummm…. Comfortable. What will you be for Purim? I am mostly working on Purim, but when I am not working, I lock myself in my house so no one will talk to me or ask me for help putting on make-up. ______ Jonathan Trichter, Artist, 18
The Contour jewelry label blends a stylish mix of geometry and design
Lior Shulak-Hai and Galit Barak – both graduates of the prestigious Shenkar Design College – have a knack for clean, minimalist designs with unforgettable twists. Relying heavily on architectural details and texture-inspired touches (think ruffled edges), the duo have both a costume jewelry and a fine jewelry line. Here, the designers let us in on their process, aesthetic, and what’s to come. Can you tell us a little bit about your background? We’re both honor graduates of the jewelry department at Shenkar and have a decade of experience in the jewelry field. We interned in London [Lior at Marks & Spencer and Galit at Meller] and each owned our own business before we merged. In 2015, we established Contour and opened our studio where our vision of bespoke handmade jewelry came into creation. What is your work process? We start with an inspiration board reflecting our current interests, shapes and layouts. We usually find our inspiration in architecture, art and industrial design. Then we sketch and work on a 3D model, enabling us to fully develop a piece, while checking scale, weight and deconstructing shapes. How would you describe your jewelry range? Our jewelry integrates clean and minimal elements with a fashion-forward approach. We have set ourselves a goal to stretch the boundaries of classic jewelry and to be an alternative for the urban woman who is looking for a combination of minimalism and sophistication. While our aim is innovation, it’s imp
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.
Liora Taragan’s designs dance the line between fashion and art. Each piece is born out of classic design conveying timeless beauty, mixed with new and powerful imagery. The items are made to last, to become that treasured article of clothing you’ll wear for years to come. At LioraTaragan, shoppers will find clothing and jewelry in a variety of styles and materials. Combining a love of crafts, designs encompass knitting, embroidery, and weaving. LioraTaragan uses high quality, eccentric materials such as gold, silver, enamel, satin chiffon, velvet silk, feathers, shells, and more. The inspiration is international, pulling from Ancient Egypt and Africa, Victorian England, and the punk scene. LioraTaragan’s fashion allows wearers to dress outside the box!
Sleek, classic, slimming, easy to accessorise - black is a style maven’s best friend. Enter in Mews, by Gal Shenfeld, a line of all-black luxury women’s wear. Based in Tel Aviv and founded in 2014, the label is comprised of essential, classic garments, crafted from only the highest quality materials. Inspired by culture, art, media, people, leisure and life, the line focuses on silhouette, texture, composition, volume and movement. Because of the breadth of influence, the Mews team is constantly designing and producing new items daily.
Idan Laros started his fashion career as an assistant buyer and stylist, keeping his design talents a secret and buying fabrics with no plans for their future. However, his first collection was a hit, cementing his reputation as the ‘hot new designer’. Laros says the woman he designs for “want to wear the clothes rather them wearing her,” stressing comfort above all else. The results are relaxed, laid back garments, that allow for maximum mobility. With bold patterns and colours fit to flowing, soft fabrics, Laros is a quality label with a bright future.
Launched in Israel in 1954 by Ruth Dayan, Maskit is a luxury women's ready-to-wear brand. The original idea behind the brand was to create work opportunities for new immigrants in the world of fabric and design. The head designer, Fini Laintersdorf, set off on a two-year journey of research throughout the Israeli landscapes to reconnect with the original roots of the brand. Ruth Dayan, age 96, collaborated with designer Sharon Tal to reestablish the brand and continue its legacy. Together they’re keeping its rich heritage alive, while remaining focused on delivering top quality and exclusive designs.
Shopping in Tel Aviv
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 outside the malls and 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 neighbourhood, is brimming with covetable local and international fashion brands, designer accessories, restaurants and a touch of je ne sais quoi. From its humble beginnings as Tel Aviv’s very first neighbourhood, 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.
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.
The best markets and malls in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv shopping offers a wide range of Israeli designer wares, big box chains, indoor and outdoor markets as well as artisanal merchants and flea market finds. Here is a list of the best shopping malls and markets in Tel Aviv – whether it is a special souvenir, handmade craft or just some simple retail therapy you are after. You'll need to refuel after your exhausting shopping spree. Why not sport your new jewelry and wardrobe with some fine dining at one of the best Tel Aviv restaurants.
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.