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GOTTEX SWIMSUITS | Tel Aviv Beach

Updated on August 29, 2015
Gottex Swimwear
Gottex Swimwear

Gottex Swimsuits from Tel Aviv Beach

View 2015 and 2016 Gottex Swim Suits, Profile by Gottex and watch the Swimsuit Fashion Show videos. See Tel Aviv Beach, the home of Gottex and swimwear inspiration.

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Situated on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and home of Gottex designer swimwear, Tel Aviv, Israel, enjoys a moderate climate, pristine beaches and a string of five-star hotels. A year round tourist destination, Tel Aviv is but a short drive from nearby International Ben Gurion airport.

A favorite port-of-call for cruise ships touring the Mediterranean, Israel offers sand beaches in Tel Aviv, night clubs on the North Tel Aviv beach, and a shopper's paradise in the city. (Shopping in the Gottex Factory Outlet is a must-do when visiting Tel Aviv!)

Archeological sites abound in the South Tel Aviv port of ancient Jaffa (Yafo), a natural boat harbor in continuous use for more than 5,000 years. It is believed by many to be the oldest port in the world. King Solomon, 3,000 years ago, used this port to import cedar from Lebanon to build the First Temple in Jerusalem.

Lonely Planet rated Tel Aviv as one of the three top tourist destinations in the world. Its Bauhaus architecture is listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.

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Tel Aviv Beach

The Gottex Company

The Gottex Swimsuit

Gottex Swimsuit Design

Swimwear

Gottex at Fashion Week 2015 Video

Profile by Gottex

Gottex Founder Lea Gottlieb

View of Tel Aviv Beach from the David InterContinental Hotel
View of Tel Aviv Beach from the David InterContinental Hotel
Gottex
Gottex
Gottex Pandoras Box Swimsuit
Gottex Pandoras Box Swimsuit

Gottex

Tel Aviv is the home of the world renowned swimsuit design house, Gottex. From its humble beginnings near the ancient port of Jaffa in 1956, Gottex quickly dominated the swimsuit industry in Israel and became the world's largest exporter of swimwear in 1984.

Swimsuits top the list of necessities for visiting Tel Aviv, whether for the beach, the pools in luxury hotels or the magnificent spa treatments available in the city. And the number one swimsuit designer in Israel is Gottex.

Elizabeth Taylor, Natalie Wood, Diana Princess of Wales, Jackie Onassis, Princess Lee Radziwill, Britain's Princess Anne, Brooke Shields, Queen Sofia of Spain, Barbara Walters – all have been photographed wearing their own Gottex swimwear. Gottex is regularly featured in the famous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, worn by top models such as Bar Rafaeli, Heidi Klum, Kate Upton, Anne V. (Vyalitsyna), and Irina Shayk, among many others.

Gottex was one of the first swimsuit designers to incorporate jewelry on bathing suits. In the industry, this embellishment is known as hardware. But in a Gottex bathing suit, only the term jewelry is appropriate.

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Gottex Swimsuit
Gottex Swimsuit

Gottex Swimsuit

The classic Evening Rose swimsuit takes its cue from an elegant cocktail dress. This slimming black suit has added tummy control and an optical illusion embedded design that flatters any waistline.

With a jewelry clasp at the waist, this is the perfect basic black suit for your swimwear wardrobe.

The suit comes with soft cups and the straps are adjustable, assuring a comfortable fit.

Gottex Pandoras Box Swim Suit
Gottex Pandoras Box Swim Suit

Designer Gottex Swimsuit

Jewelry is a picture on the fabric itself in the Pandoras Box designer suit from Gottex.

This suit is ideal for smaller bust lines because of the design embellishment.

Gottex Swimsuit Colors
Gottex Swimsuit Colors

The Gottex Swimsuit Design

1. Fabric and Fit – One of the hallmarks of Gottex design is the fabric. Spandex was, in fact, invented in Israel and was first used in the company's swimwear. The perfect fit of a Gottex swimsuit owes much to the generous use of spandex, which is in a greater percentage than other manufacturers. Gottex was also the first to introduce the in-suit bra.

You will think that Gottex is haute couture, if you've ever stepped in to one of its swimsuits.

Nothing fits like a Gottex.

2. Print Design – But the high quality of the fabrics is surpassed by the beauty of the fabric designs. All designs are created by Gottex and used exclusively in the firm's swimwear line. Some of the fabrics look like paintings by Matisse or Renoir.

Company founder Lea Gottlieb (1918-2012) explained her use of colors as:

"the aqua of the Mediterranean, the golden yellow of the desert, the blue of Lake Tiberias [the Sea of Galilee], the pink of Jerusalem stone and the greens of the Galilee."

Gottlieb also used color to accentuate features of the female form in a unique and sensual way as no other designer had dared to do before.

3. Ensemble Collections – Women the world over appreciate the ensemble collections that go for a swim, then to lunch on the beach, and on to dining in the evening. View the ensemble collections below:

Gottex Swimwear

Gottex Tropical Paint Swimsuit
Gottex Tropical Paint Swimsuit
Gottex Tropical Paint Swimsuit Back
Gottex Tropical Paint Swimsuit Back
Tropical Paint Pareo Gottex
Tropical Paint Pareo Gottex
Tropical Paint Pareo with Gottex Swimsuit
Tropical Paint Pareo with Gottex Swimsuit
Tropical Paint Pareo with Gottex Swimsuit Back
Tropical Paint Pareo with Gottex Swimsuit Back

Gottex Pareo Worn as a Dress

Tropical Paint Pareo Wrapped at the Top
Tropical Paint Pareo Wrapped at the Top

Gottex Tropical Paint Design

Susan Hersh
Susan Hersh

The Pareo for Gottex Swimwear

Gottex designer Susan Hersh explains the swimwear ensemble:

"A woman should always have a cover-up. I think that she should always have a pareo and if she has a large pareo, she can actually do a million things with it. She can wear it as a dress; she can wear it as a jacket and she can wear it as a pant. So, it's a versatile piece."

The pareo is a must-have cruise wear item and is always the correct fashion choice. Each pareo is made from a specially designed fabric to perfectly coordinate with each bathing suit in an ensemble collection.

Gottex Swimwear Ensemble

Gottex Shangri La Swimsuit
Gottex Shangri La Swimsuit
Gottex Shangri La Swimsuit Back
Gottex Shangri La Swimsuit Back
Gottex Shangri La Swimsuit with Palero
Gottex Shangri La Swimsuit with Palero

Gottex Shangri La Pareo as a Dress

Gottex Shangri La Pareo Tied at Top
Gottex Shangri La Pareo Tied at Top

So Many Looks with a Pareo

Gottex Women's Electric Vibe Pareo Swim Cover Up Multi One
Gottex Women's Electric Vibe Pareo Swim Cover Up Multi One

Amazing, sexy color patterns accentuate your femininity. Free shipping on this gorgeous pareo.

 

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Gottex Indochine Bandeau Swimsuit
Gottex Indochine Bandeau Swimsuit
Gottex Indochine Bandeau Swimsuit Back
Gottex Indochine Bandeau Swimsuit Back
Gottex Indochine Beach Dress
Gottex Indochine Beach Dress
Gottex Indochine Beach Dress Back
Gottex Indochine Beach Dress Back
Gottex Indochine Pareo Swimsuit and Pareo
Gottex Indochine Pareo Swimsuit and Pareo
Gottex Indochine Pareo Tied at Top
Gottex Indochine Pareo Tied at Top
Waist slimming style
Waist slimming style

This style puts the accents in the right places to enhance your figure.

Gottex Women's Chrystalis Surplice One-Piece Swimsuit
Gottex Women's Chrystalis Surplice One-Piece Swimsuit

This is the one-piece style with straps.

 

Gottex Okinawa Swimsuit Design

Gottex Okinawa Halter Swimsuit
Gottex Okinawa Halter Swimsuit

Accentuate your figure with the Gottex Lattice swimsuit.

Notice the figure-shaping fabric design.

The eye moves to every curve in this vibrant fuchsia suit.

This style looks fabulous from a distance and is sensual and sophisticated in close-up.

Go read the five-star reviews from women who have this fabulous Gottex creation.

This swimsuit comes with adjustable straps.

Gottex Swimsuits - Electric Blue Design

Gottex Swimwear Electric Blue
Gottex Swimwear Electric Blue

Electric Blue

This was a big hit for the Spring collection and is mostly sold out. A few shops might have one or two pieces left. If you find this design pattern in your size, consider yourself fortunate!

Gottex Black Dahlia Swimwear Collection

Gottex Black Dahlia Swimsuit
Gottex Black Dahlia Swimsuit

The Sultry Black Dahlia Collection

There is also a cover-up skirt and palero in the Black Dahlia collection.

Gottex Black Dahlia Skirt - Multi - M
Gottex Black Dahlia Skirt - Multi - M

This skirt is perfect to wear over your suit for lunch on the beach or at poolside.

 
Gottex elegance in all white
Gottex elegance in all white
Molly Grad
Molly Grad

Black Swimsuits

Molly Grad, Gottex Creative Director, has years of experience with top fashion houses such as Stella McCartney and Yves Saint Laurent.

She emphasizes the classic beauty of black swimwear.

"To me it's really timeless pieces that really do stand out and have such a beautiful, chic aesthetic. I can see you wearing these in ten years' time or even fifty years' time."

Gottex Profile Tankini
Gottex Profile Tankini

Profile by Gottex

Gottex was the first design firm devoted solely to swimwear. Gottex invented the in-suit bra and is famous for offering hard to find D and E cup sizes.

The Gottex Profile Collection is made to mix and match tops and bottoms in different sizes, to achieve a custom fit for every figure type.

Popular in this line is the tankini top. The tankini top covers more of the torso area than a traditional two-piece suit or a bikini.

This style is preferred by women who have undergone surgery, women with long-waist figures, and women who prefer a less clingy swimsuit style. The tankini is also a flattering style for women with smaller breasts and some styles feature push-up bras.

To de-emphasize hips, choose a black bikini bottom with a flowered top.

The swimsuits below are all from the Gottex Profile Collection.

Gottex Profile Swimsuit
Gottex Profile Swimsuit
Profile by Gottex Women's City Lights Halter Tankini Top (10)
Profile by Gottex Women's City Lights Halter Tankini Top (10)

This suit from the Profile collection is pictured on the right.

This is just one of many styles in the Profile line.

You can also get the skirted bikini bottom separately and create your own great look.

 
Lea Gottlieb
Lea Gottlieb

Gottex Founder Lea Gottlieb

Lea Gottlieb was born in Hungry in 1918. Lea's husband Armin Gottlieb was sent to Nazi forced-labor camps during World War II while Lea and their two young daughters hid in Budapest. The family survived the Holocaust and settled for a time in Czechoslovakia where they established a factory for producing raincoats.

They immigrated to Israel in 1949 and soon found themselves without resources. The true story of Lea's rise from poverty has been told many times. Lea sold her wedding ring to buy fabric and borrowed a sewing machine. In her small apartment in Jaffa, she made her first swimsuit to sell.

In 1956, Gottex was founded. The name, Lea said, "is a combination of the words Gottlieb and textiles."

Throughout her life, Lea designed swimsuits with flower motifs. Lea once hid her head in a bouquet of daisies to divert the attention from Nazi checkpoint guards. She once said, "Flowers saved my life during the war."

Lea worked twelve-hour days at Gottex until she sold the company in 1997. After her no-compete clause with the new owners expired, she started a new swimsuit design business at the age of 85.

In November, 2012, Lea passed away at her Tel Aviv home at the age of 96. She is survived by one daughter, six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

The Design Museum of Holon, Israel, featured an exhibition in honor of Lea Gottlieb in May, 2013. The tribute was called Lady of the Daisies and you may view it online here.

The Lea Gottlieb Story
The Lea Gottlieb Story

The Lea Gottlieb Story

Author Helen Shuman writes: "Lea came up with an idea no one before had thought of: to inject glamour into women's swimsuits and beachwear."

The book traces the life of this remarkable woman who, with a borrowed sewing machine, created the world's number one swimwear exporting company.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi TirelessTraveler: I'm so glad you enjoyed reading the story of Lea Gottleib founding Gottex swimwear. Thank you so much for your comment.

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      These suits are stunningly beautiful. Very interesting story of Lea Gottleib. This article was well worth my time.

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      Writer Fox 4 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Glad you liked the swimsuits, DDE.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Gorgeous swim wear a benefit to almost every woman

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      Writer Fox 4 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Thank you, Audrey! It's a holiday week right now in Israel and tons of tourists are here flocking to the beach in Tel Aviv. It's a real Gottex fashion show and the weather is gorgeous.

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      Audrey Selig 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Writer Fox. Thanks for sharing this info on Gottex. I have worn several suits and found them better fitting and lovelier than other suits. Will be in touch. Sharing the beauty on my Pinterest board Everything is Beautiful. Audrey

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      Writer Fox 4 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      I'm glad you found this article, too. Gottex swimwear is the finest in the world.

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      women swimwear 4 years ago

      I am unable to read articles online very often, but I'm glad I did today. It’s a pleasure that I come across your article that has surfaced complete benefit to my knowledge.

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      Writer Fox 4 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      You're so right. She was way ahead of her time.

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Writer Fox,

      Wow, this was such a Treat to look at, and of course Educational as well. The Bathing Suits were Beautiful, as is Tel Aviv. Lea Gottlieb, was so ahead of her time. Thanks for sharing this Wonderful Hub.

      I now look forward to Following your Hubs.