In the sleepy port town of Akko, where the ships of ancient Greece once docked and Knights Templars fought, a pan-Middle Eastern shuk (souk) spreads out along Market Street — a warren of booths and stalls operated by the same families for generations.
Locals often refer to Tel Aviv as the “Bubble,” because its heady mix of youth-driven prosperity and urban hedonism is not representative of the rest of Israel. Tel Avivians march to a different beat, and this is reflected in its fashion industry. “We are a young country, and we don’t rely on history for passion and culture,” says fashion buyer Galit Reismann. “We’re still defining ourselves. Most of the designers here are young.”
Where else can you see 10-foot-long beasts made from flowers, Benjamin Netanyahu reigning as king of a giant chessboard, and Angry Birds dancing atop a flatbed truck?