NEW YORK, N.Y. - An organization that works on global development through fashion plans to honour Donna Karan for her work with artisans in Haiti and around the world.
Fashion 4 Development, a partner of the United Nations' millennium development initiative, will award the New York-based designer its medal of honour at a luncheon Sept. 23 at The Pierre hotel.
Karan's work around the world aimed at fostering sustainable economies, creating jobs and developing art education were cited for the honour. Her foundation, Urban Zen, develops markets and presents the work of artisans in Haiti in the U.S. and elsewhere.
She has designed and curated an artisan collection called "Naturally Haiti," working with artisans who create recycled T-shirts, handbags, tobacco leaf vases, wood chandeliers and horn jewelry sold in Urban Zen stores and her retail partners.
Urban Zen has a partnership with artisan Paula Coles in Haiti for a vocational education training centre to open next spring in Port-au-Prince. The training centre is a commitment Karan made through the Clinton Global Initiative to train artisans in creating jewelry, handbags, accessories and other items.
Karan has shot two ad campaigns in Haiti starring model Adriana Lima, showcasing the country's beauty and creativity. She is an honorary U.S. ambassador to the country.