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.”