Tel Aviv’s coolest fashion boutiques! Israel vintage & vegan clothes, Super Mario Nintendo nail art.

galit reismann, tlvstyle tours

Let’s continue my indie shopping tour of Tel Aviv! In part 1 of my TLV Style Tour, my guide Galit Reismann introduced me to a mad hatter and jewelry designer. Now, we’ll discover the sweetest twee and vintage fashion in Israel.

(Details of my Very Metal dress and Goth cross tights are in this outfit post.)

noga tel aviv graffiti

We began with a walk through the fashion-centric Noga district. Small clothing shops and cafes huddle next to pastel street art featuring eyeballs.

tel aviv vintage clothing store

Galit took me to Roni Kantor’s studio, which doubles as a boutique. I was charmed by Roni’s retro-chic designs, especially her reconstituted vintage dresses. This one perfectly matched my hair color.

vintage dresses israel

I was right behind her mission of upcycling and respecting living creatures. Roni is particularly loved for her vintage-inspired shoes, made from vegan leather in a family factory.

roni kantor vegan shoes

Galit, Roni and I twirled parasols for the travel video, which my team is working on now. In the foreground, you can see Roni’s darling footwear collection.

(Photography by Eric Bergemann and Melissa Rundle, who were hosted along with me on this press trip.)

pioo pioo mor bauer

Then, we took a short walk to Pioo Pioo, a gem of a boutique near the nightlife-centric Rothschild Boulevard. Try saying the name out loud. It mimics the sound of a laser gun!

rocketship dress, space jewelry

I instantly felt that designer Mor Bauer and I are kindred spirits. Absolutely loved her colorful rocketship dress with fringe at the bottom, creating the movement of a blast-off. Her rainbow jewelry would feel at home in Harajuku or Shibuya.

tel aviv fashion boutique

Mor’s tailoring is beautiful, and she uses fine materials like silk. The jacket’s striped interior reminded me of Beetlejuice.

custom designer clothing israel

Her clothes can be dressed up or down, suiting a variety of personal styles.

rainbow unicorn toys

The boutique is decorated with retro rainbow toys, an extension of Mor’s whimsical taste.

grapes leaves hairband

I particularly liked her grapes-and-leaves headbands, and fun embellishments like a baby’s head on a zipper.

polka dot crop top suit

Flower crowns, polka dots and crop tops.

wedding dress, unicorns print

Mor wore this creation when she walked down the aisle. Two unicorns are better than one.

wedding travel video

She’ll custom-make clothing for you, and specializes in sewing romantic, lacy wedding dresses.

pioo pioo israel, tailored jackets

I felt so much at home, at Pioo Pioo. Thanks to Galit for the custom fashion tour (find out more on her TLVStyle Facebook), and hugs for all the talented Israeli designers I met!

nintendo nail art, yoshi, luigi, super mario nails

Here’s a bonus photo of my Nintendo nail art, by Glam Nail Studio. I asked for green and blue designs from the Super Mario universe, to match my hair. See if you can spot Boo, Luigi, a Koopa turtle shell, mushrooms and a POW block in there.

black white checkered women's jacket

Do you ever wear vegan or vintage fashion? What do you think of the unicorn dress and Nintendo nails?

Sunday Times Travel Magazine, japan weird

PS: I wrote a guide to alternative Japan for the Sunday Times Travel Magazine, one of the world’s leading travel publications. My plush cat Basil Farrow is blocking my byline…

magazine cover, Sunday Times Travel uk

You can pick up the April issue about “Hip Cities,” in stores now. Looking forward to writing more for this UK-based magazine.

round cheeks cat, scottish fold

PPS: have you seen the photos of this fuzz-face on my @lacarmina Instagram, including a video of him jumping and wahh-ing?

Have a cute week!



  1. Hibari
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 3:28 am | Permalink

    I love the nails. My friend had something similar for a con we went to this weekend. Hers were Ninja Turtles and Pac-Man ghosts.

    By the way, I have a very similar jacket to the one you’re wearing in the last couple of pics. It made me do a double take. LOL

  2. hachiro yamazaki
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 5:10 am | Permalink

    You are so beautiful and your charisma is so amazing….you and seba made me realized that i wanna be a model someday….just wait you two….we can do some collaborations,,,the three of us….that would be fun….and i think its kinda impossible…but i’ll try…

    Just wait and stay healthy you two….i’ll pray to God that you two may have a long and happy life…

    -Hachiro yamazaki

  3. Cory
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    love what you do keep it up! you inspire me!

  4. Antonia
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    That’s cool~ xD

  5. David
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 8:34 pm | Permalink


  6. Michele
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    loved your article! Nice to see travel tips for Goths for a change

  7. Liz
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 8:34 pm | Permalink


  8. Tanja
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    The dress is beautiful!!but sure expensive?!

  9. bara
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    amazing fashion there in israel

  10. Ross
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 8:35 pm | Permalink


  11. Harriet
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    woow! That´s something

  12. Chou Yen
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    Cute super Mario Nintendo nail!

  13. Judy
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    I would love to go to Israel maybe one day.

  14. Ciara
    Posted March 19, 2014 at 9:20 pm | Permalink


  15. jason
    Posted March 19, 2014 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    So beautiful

  16. Jil e
    Posted March 19, 2014 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    coolness!! -Jil

  17. Amanda
    Posted March 20, 2014 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    I love your style and am super excited to keep my eyes peeled for your lovely face on tv too!

  18. medko
    Posted March 20, 2014 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    Swoon <3

  19. First Burst
    Posted March 20, 2014 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    I’ve been to Tel Aviv. It was quite a place to visit!

  20. Isabella
    Posted March 20, 2014 at 6:11 am | Permalink

    I would love having a rainbow of toads on my nails….out to buy more nail polish!!! ^.^

    • lacarmina
      Posted March 20, 2014 at 6:12 am | Permalink

      Ooh I’d love to see your Toad nails if you do it, post a photo!

  21. l0rdie
    Posted March 20, 2014 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    super fabulistic

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