City Pulse

By Kiki Von Glinow

There are no two sides about it. Israeli designers are bringing a fresh yet culturally invested perspective to the industry and they’re doing it through coolil.com. Created in 2008, by an Israeli New Yorker who recognized the void of an outlet for Israeli designers to showcase their work, coolil.com bridges the gap between the Holy Land and the design market beyond it. The site showcases 11 different brands all with unique, culturally inspired products.

Coolil.com gives these talented Israeli designers the opportunity to reach an American and global marketplace while simultaneously spreading a wider acknowledgement and appreciation for Israeli designers. The site showcases jewelry, handbags, home décor, as well as children’s toys and more. From beautiful glass-beaded necklaces to sterling silver charm bracelets engraved with blessings, all of these pieces are grounded to the culture from which they emerged. Handbags, one of which was sported by Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City, are made from the finest leathers.

In the home décor section, check out Vazu vases – they’re as flat as a sheet of paper when stored but become full size when filled with water. Totally innovative, these vases are great for cramped Manhattan apartments. While you’re shopping, check out coolil.com’s blog which profiles up-and-coming Israeli designers and introduces new products.

Peruse their gift guide for some helpful suggestions like a leather necklace for the man in your life, a Red Dry Martini clutch for your sister, and don’t forget to show yourself a little love too! Best part is, all of the items on the gift guide are 20% off and each purchase comes with a gift from coolil.com itself – a free Vazu vase!

Also, don’t miss out on coolil.com’s Valentines Day sale running through February 14th. So, show some love this Valentine’s Day and treat your loved ones and yourself to the beauty of Israel.

Originally published January 2009
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