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Israel’s fashion and design scene, propelled by prestigious academic institutions like the Shenkar School of Engineering and Design and the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, is constantly churning out new and innovative talents. Inspired by Israel’s heritage, taking cues from age-old design techniques and textiles, or implementing modern technologies like 3D printing, the local fashion landscape is fresh and burgeoning.
Here are a handful to be sure to check out while visiting Tel Aviv.
Originally launched in 1954 by Ruth Dayan, the first wife of the late Israeli defense force general and politician Moshe Dayan, Maskit is a luxury women’s brand over half a century old that reinvented itself in recent years with designer Sharon Tal at the helm. Having worked for luxury brands like Alexander McQueen and Lanvin, Tal reestablished the brand and continues its legacy, keeping true to its rich heritage inspired by Israeli landscapes and the melting pot of cultures that blend hand-crafted details and quality fabrics.
An artful designer who showcases expert draping techniques, beautifully selected natural fabrics like linen, 100% cotton, and silk, Sasson has a true knack for constructing his signature “oversized” look that is as unique as it is comfortable. From bold, black and white prints to neutral, monochromatic versions, every garment is theatrical and dramatic in its presence – and all are built to last.
Known globally for his eclectic swimsuits and locally for his couture-styled collections, Oberson was the chief designer of the world-renowned Gottex Swimwear label for years. Now working with his daughter, Keren, on ready-to-wear luxury staples, bathing suits and beach cover-ups, the brand is effortless and screams “holiday!” From loose gallabias and bright colors to complementary accessories, the classic designs can be seamlessly worn from the pool to the bar.
Everyone from Beyonce to Lady Gaga and the Kardashians have sported Livne’s designs and while his main collection is bridal wear, he continues to craft otherworldly capsule collections featuring extremes like stand-out, futuristic ensembles and artful, romantic dresses perfect for special events. Having worked under Roberto Cavalli and Alexander McQueen, he developed his thoughtful aesthetic for meticulous detail from the best of the best.
The unassuming designer has won praise and recognition for his streamlined, unexpectedly fashionable menswear collections – melding a Japanese minimalism with European craftsmanship. Impeccably tailored and constructed, his work has been nominated for the prestigious 2019 LVMH Prize and he is currently a finalist in the competition.