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Local swimwear brands heating up the Israeli summer

Here are some local swimwear brands that are on fire

By Elianna Bar-El

With miles upon miles of coastline, more sunny days than we can count and a summertime that starts in April and lasts well past September, Israeli swimwear brands are primed and ready for the season with a host of vibrant and stylish cuts, colors and textures. So plot out your patch of sand at any of Tel Aviv's beaches, get your other vacay essentials at the ready, including those sunnies and mix and match these styles for months to come. Beach Season is upon us!

Swim your way through summer

Ugly Duckling
Ugly Duckling
© Michel Topyol

1. Ugly Duckling

Shopping Designer White City

Ugly Duckling is the swimwear line of designer Gal Angel, combining her two greatest loves: fashion and the sea. The line aims to give Tel Aviv a fresh interpretation of swimwear, inspired by fashions of the past and present. The collection is distinctive with a retro-chic flair, using high quality materials that efficiently challenge Israel’s strong waves and sandy locales. Ugly Duckling also features lingerie, lounge wear and summer dresses - crafted with all the playful fun and humour Gal Angel is known for.

2. BiliBlond

Shopping Lingerie and swimwear Tel Aviv City Center

Based in Tel Aviv, Biliblond's unique swimwear styles blend Mediterranean culture with a timeless fashion sense. The line is both classic and edgy, inspired by Tel Aviv's rich cultural diversity, fast-paced urban flair and laid back beach vibe. Designed to flatter the female figure, there are collections for adults, children and babies, to ensure all the girls in the family can flaunt their own personal style.

Gottex FB page

3. Gottex

Shopping Designer Tel Aviv City Center

One of Israel’s major design champions, Lea Gottlieb immigrated to Israel from Hungary after WWII and founded one of the largest swimsuit companies in the world: Gottex. Said to have even sold her wedding ring to raise money to by fabric for her then-burgeoning company, Gottex is now one of the leading exporters of fashion swimwear to the United States, and has a host of stores scattered across Israel. With suits that are bold and glamorous, it is the perfect place to spruce up for beach season. The various collections contain something for everyone, with both revealing and more conservative styles aimed to make any woman feel comfortable in her own skin. Each suit is made with fabrics providing sun protection, chlorine-resistance, less water retention and comfort, so in other words, they are built to last. 

Levitex FB page

4. Levitex

Shopping Lingerie and swimwear Rishon LeTsion

Levitex is a local chain of swimwear and beach clothing shops with a wide range of high-quality, flattering styles, inlcuding maxi dresses, breezy pants, bright accessories and more, The one stop shop will have you ready for the summer all in one dose. With seven stores and an online shop, it's a convenient stop over for all your beach essentials

Esprit de Vacances
Esprit de Vacances
© Miri Davidovitz

5. Esprit de Vacances

Shopping Lingerie and swimwear

Local brand Esprit de Vacances swimwear is a refreshing combination of both style and function. The collection features a full range of various styles and tastes, from classic navy stripes to slinky faux snake skin or a velvet one-shoulder piece - all crafted with the same supreme quality and fit. A fashion design graduate of Shenkar College, the local designer’s first priority is her customers. “My goal and greatest challenge is how to make women feel exactly like their everyday selves - just on the beach,” she says. The designer’s swimsuits are made from top tier materials to ensure the most flattering and invisible-feeling outcome possible. Adorned with French or Italian accessories, each suit is tailored with the utmost care and attention to detail. Crafted to suit women of all ages, shapes and sizes, the Esprit de Vacances collection changes the way you feel in a bathing suit - making the beach your runway.

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