Tel Aviv is a shoppers’ paradise. Home to the renowned Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Tel Aviv is a hotbed of young, new designers who set up studios and stores all over town, selling their work in jewelry, handbags, shoes and clothing. Wherever you walk, you’ll find someone’s atelier. Whatever you buy, you’ll return home with something new that will have your friends asking where you bought that in Israel.
For shopping efficiency and a chance to check out the local chain stores, try a few of the local malls. Look for Fox, Castro, Renuar and Gazith, in addition to Honigman, Golf and Teva Naot.
Dizengoff Center, 50 Dizengoff Street, Tel Aviv
Azrieli Center, 132 Begin Highway, Tel Aviv
Ramat Aviv Mall, 40 Einstein Street, Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv
Mika, 28 Iyar 5 Street, Hamedina Square, Tel Aviv, 03-546-8150
Mika Bashan is a well-established designer of leatherwear. Look for high-styled garments that are carefully detailed and finished.
DL, 34 Basel Street, Tel Aviv, 03-544-0573 and 35 Sheinkin Street, Tel Aviv, 03-629-4044
Daniella Lehavi designs leather bags and shoes for women like her – strong, independent, and with a well-developed sense of style.
Del-arte, 9 Ashtori Hafarhi Street, Tel Aviv, 03-546-6993
Former scenery designers, Eran Litbak and Shahal Snir love the quirky and whimsical for the home. From clocks, light fixtures and mirrors to jewelry boxes, dolls and jewelry, you’ll find something original to bring home from your trip to Israel.
Tovale, 220 Dizengoff Street, Tel Aviv, 03-524-9929
Tovale Chasin is one of the pioneers of the Israeli designer community and a recipient of an Israeli Oscar Award design. Her line is of original pieces – each piece is unique.
Yoshef, 213 Dizengoff Street, Tel Aviv, 03-529-8991
Yosef Perez, one of Israel’s most successful designers, burst onto the Israeli fashion scene in 2000 when he won the Promising Israeli Designer award. He concentrates mainly on eveningwear, some handmade, with a focus on colorful and flowing styles.
Katomenta, 173 Dizengoff Street, Tel Aviv, 03-527-9899
Haya Nir’s shop sells her own work as well as that of other Israeli designers. The shop attracts stylists and photographers who appreciate her attention to current trends.
Banot, 212 Dizengoff Street, Tel Aviv
Lolo Liam’s work is influenced by her work as designer for dance company Maymouna, as well as her experience in both men’s and women’s fashion. Liam’s collection has a soft and sexy look – colorful and sophisticated.
Couple Of, 207 Dizengoff Street, Tel Aviv, 03-527-4335.
Sheli Satat and Eilon Kombor met in the jewelry department of the Bezalel School of Art, but as luck would have it, ended up shoe designers. Every shoe in their store is charmingly original and designed for both comfort and style.
Sigal Dekel, 21 Shabazi Street, Tel Aviv and 228 Dizengoff Street, Tel Aviv
A graduate of Shenkar, Dekel’s look distills Israelis’ love for layering garments with a modern approach.
Gideon Oberson, 36 Gordon Street, Tel Aviv, 03-524-3822
Gideon Oberson, one of Israel’s leading swimwear designers, was born in Italy and studied in Paris. He has lived and worked in Israel for many years, and is known for his modern shapes, well-designed suits and beachwear as well as a smaller eveningwear line.
Salon Salome, 25 Gordon Street, Tel Aviv, 03-527-4150
Stop in at Salon Salome and pick up clothing from the current line as well as vintage Israeli pottery, furniture and special picks from local flea markets. Meital Levy and partner Della Berger bring together work from local designers not seen in other stores.
In Neve Tzedek
Mizo, 51 Shabazi Street, Tel Aviv, 03-616-4105
Head to Mizo for a look that combines Asian sensibilities, street fashion and the world of dance. Designer and former dancer Inbal Ben-Zaken and partner Ido Ben-Khorin create modern, theatrical pieces that are surprisingly versatile and wearable.
Agas v’Tamar, 43 Shabazi Street, Tel Aviv, 03-516-8421
For truly unique jewelry, stop in to admire Einat Agassi and Tamar Harel-Klein’s designs. Gold, silver, unpolished stones and old are combined into classic pieces with a modern appeal.
Over in Gan Hahashmal
Frau Blau, 8 Hahashmal Street, Tel Aviv, 03-560-1735
Frau Blau is for those who like to offer a sense of humor in what they wear. Helena Blaunstein and her partner, graphic designer Phillip Blau, sell clothing that both flatters and offers a sense of irony.
Ido Recanati, 13 Malchei Yisrael Street, Tel Aviv, 03-529-8481
Ido’s designs are colorful, with a bent toward asymmetrical cuts and unfinished hems, offering offbeat options for street-wear as well as a night on the town.
Delicatessen, 4 Barzilay, Tel Aviv
Idit Barak’s work tends toward vintage inspirations – cotton shirtwaist dresses for summer and delicate blouses with a retro feel and modern construction. Idit also stocks bags and costume jewelry by local artists.
Kisim, 8 Hahashmal Street, Tel Aviv, 03-560-4890
From her famous Cube leather bags to the line of more inexpensive pleathers, Yael Rozen Ben-Shahar creates bags that serve their users from dawn to dusk, whether you’re a schlepper or love a simple clutch.
Hagar Satat, 13 Levontin Street, Tel Aviv, 03-560-6095
Pick up a simple necklace or bracelet from Satat’s unique combinations of leather, stone and costume metals that make for affordable and wearable everyday pieces.