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.
Top ten Israeli designers to make it abroad
Berta Balilti founded her namesake brand in 2004. A graduate of Shenkar College of design, her sleek style and modern fits blend vintage with retro to create designs that are among the most praised in the world. Berta has been chosen as one of the best five wedding dress designers in the world by Elle Italy, and her collections can be found in famous stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue (New York), Nordstrom’s and The Wedding Club (London) to name a few. Her latest bridal collection features thirty new gowns that take their inspiration from floral and botanical diversity: just as flowers are diverse – each species unique – each of the pieces in the collection are as well. Kate Bock from Sports Illustrated, who was chosen to model for the collection, is as picture perfect as the bridal gowns themselves. Make your gown a Berta gown because as Berta says, ‘every bride should flourish’.
Inbal Dror is one of the leading bridal gown designers in Israel. A graduate of the prestigious Shenkar Fashion Art Academy, Inbal is a worldwide leader in the ultra competitive wedding dress industry. Each gown is an exquisite masterpiece, designed to flatter the female form and crafted with an expert eye for detail. After her studies in Israel, Inbal spent several years in Milan learning from the masters of the industry. Her experience in Milan paired with her Israeli upbringing shaped her magical and unique bridal collection.
Daniella Lehavi opened the studio that bears her name in 1990, with her first collection that consisted of no more than 10 bags, which soon became a large successful brand with a wide collection of handbags, wallets, belts and fashion accessories. Even though Lehavi established the brand over 20 years ago, she quickly became one of Israel’s leading designers. Each one of the collections tells a different story characterized by materials, colors and visual sensations, inspired by various sources and influences. Daniella’s designs are now sold in over 100 points of sale around the world, including the United States, Canada, Austria, Japan, and Korea.
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.
This mother-daughter duo is an expert when it comes to quality products as well as developing original Israeli creations. Sourcing the finest fabrics and materials, each gown is brought to life in a meticulously and thoroughly detailed process, including handmade embroidery, beading, and ornamentation. Each custom made-to-measure gown tells a story of a timeless fairytale, together with modern-day chic, leaving behind an aura of dazzle, sophistication, and sensuality. Sold at multiple boutiques around the world, the Zwillinger mother-daughter duo has managed to share their popular creations with many brides to be around the world.