Lady Gaga, gay pride and Tel Aviv: What do they have in common?

Gay fashion blogger Patrick T Cooper fell in love with Tel Aviv’s through a special tour he got from fashionista drag queen Nona Chalant


Tel Aviv walking city tour with drag queen Nona Chalant

Who isn’t gay? Well, if you are not maybe you should consider it! GAY = HAPPY. I don’t know about you, but ask Lady Gaga, she will tell you I was “Born this Way.” Cast away your judgments and join in on the happiness. Life is too short not to celebrate individuality and originality. Pack your bags and experience Tel Aviv. Travel is my fuel, take a sip and you may become intoxicated. My most recent visit to Tel Aviv was rewarding on so many different levels. The culture, community and the spiritual awakening during my journey left me renewed and recharged. From Jerusalem to the Dead Sea, Tel Aviv is teeming with countless opportunities for exploration. The Non-Stop City is jam-packed with beautiful people, great dining and unique cultural gems.

When Lady Gaga calls, you answer with great style. That is precisely what happened with designer Kobi Levi. Who would have thought a walking tour with local drag queen Nona Chalant would present a meeting with this fashionable shoe designer? Well, I guess being a member of the community has its privileges. From the impromptu moment, I stepped into the quaint atelier of Levi, I could feel the creativity. Explosive growth is an understatement for Levi. The overnight exposure brought Lady Gaga to use the design Double Boot in her “Born this Way” music video. The rest is history. Tel Avivian shoe designer Levi perfects the marriage of art and footwear.

Now that we can, let’s get married. Guys, wait your turn there are no tuxedos here. Oh well, who am I to say what your wedding day should look like, just make sure it is fabulous. If you decide on a dress, be sure to let the artistic hand of Yonav Rish guide you to the altar in style. Located in the heart of Tel Aviv is Rish. Chic and bohemian are true characteristics of this designer’s aesthetic. Yonav’s shy personality takes a backseat to his talent as a designer. From the ivy-covered chandelier to the attention to lace and appliqués, a bride will be lucky to wear one of this young designer’s frocks. Stop in and take a peek after you lie by the Mediterranean. The easy and laid-back vibe in the quaint studio will have you in harmony and relaxed if you are dealing with the stresses of your big wedding day. Rest assured Rish is rich with integrity and expertise to make you shine on your big day.

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