What do you get when you combine a start-up nation with some fashion-forward people? Well, many e-commerce entrepreneurs, and as you may have already guessed, countless online shopping options hailing from Israel! Check out our top 10 picks for buying apparel, accessories, home design and lifestyle products online.
Currently the leading online fashion brand in Israel, it was first established back in 2012 as a Facebook page selling fashion items imported from China, Vietnam and surrounding countries. Thanks to the founder Adi Ronen’s friendship with local celebrities, as well as her great understanding and use of social media as a way to promote the brand, it quickly became a leading Israeli fashion label, prompting a major boost in online fashion sales across the country.
Belle & Sue
Not many know this, but Belle & Sue was Israel’s first online retailer, launched in early 2010, and the first to bring together stylish, good quality everyday international brands to Israel. The brand started out with their online store, which is mostly focused on Jeans and tees and pop-up events but has since then evolved and lately even opened a flagship store on Shenkin St. in Tel Aviv.
Marmelada Market can be referred to as the local version of Etsy, being a marketplace creating a link between local creators and independent craftsmen – and buyers looking for a unique, one-of-a-kind product. The online store enables sellers to open their own store and present their products and for buyers to search a collection of unique products according to category, brand, price, style, etc.
Story is a more upscale fashion and lifestyle brand with several stores across the country, including a flagship store at the Saron compound in Tel Aviv. Story is a brand made up of carefully selected fashion labels imported from all over the world, as well as a collection of home design products and furniture mostly comprised of Scandinavian labels. Their online store is one of the best sources out there for trendy fashion and lifestyle products, for both men, women and children.
Golf & Co
Golf & Co Ltd. is the largest and leading retail company in Israel in the field of textile and home design, fashion and clothing, with over 280 stores spread out across the county. Established in 1987, the group now includes eight leading chains: Golf & Co, Golf, Golf Kids & Baby, Sprint, Intima, Polgat, Max Moretti and Blue Bird. Golf & Co is a lifestyle, home design and accessories chain, which has recently undergone a major change and transformed into a trendier version of the brand, and most of the products are now available on their online shop.
Yad2 translates to ‘second hand’ in Hebrew and it is indeed Israel’s main online second-hand marketplace. From jobs to furniture, appliances cars and all the way to real estate, Yad2 is the country’s leading and most prominent online bulletin board, serving as a medium to advertise, rent and sell, well, everything.
At 20 years old, Israeli girls Noa Beny and Neta Alchimister began creating fashionable swimwear for the young Israeli beach-girl, selling one-offs via email, but mostly gaining fame for their own modelling of the bikinis on Instagram, until they launched their own swimwear company in 2014. Along with their baNaNhot bikinis, which are all designed and manufactured in Israel, the founders also gained their status as successful Israeli models.
Israel’s most prominent fashion brand, Castro has over 180 stores, with locations in Israel, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, Thailand and Ukraine, as well as an online store shipping worldwide. The brand is known for having Israel’s most famous models as its spokesmodels such as Estie Ginzburg, Bar Refaeli and Gal Gadot (previously), and most recently, Rotem Sela and Aviv Alush, the lead characters in the Israeli hit TV rom-com, Beauty and the Baker.
Soho is an Israeli chain of lifestyle products, home and kitchen accessories, and plenty of gadgets and gimmicks – both Israeli and imported. Soho is basically a design, cooking and lifestyle lover’s haven, both in-store and online, and it is one of the best places to find products, jewellery, accessories and gadgets designed in Israel.
Here’s another online fashion and accessories store offering a variety of casual and party apparel and accessories. With a collection of affordable, trendy and young clothing and accessory line, Rockglam is a teenager’s dream come true.