Fashion Designer Donna Karan: How I’m Helping Haiti

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At Miami’s Little Haiti Cultural Center on May 17, Donna Karan wasn’t showing her latest runway collection. The designer was showcasing artisanal wares made by people from Haiti and other parts of the world. 

She explained why the campaign is so near and dear to her heart. “The beauty of Haiti is they have a soul, they have a spirit,” the 64-year-old designer told at the opening of a Little Haiti Cultural Center exhibition of goods sold through her Urban Zen Foundation. “This is an awareness campaign. All the money goes back to the people to help them develop it further. It’s about putting commerce and philanthropy together.

“These are the possibilities of Haiti, endless,” she continued. “My mission is to get people to ask ‘Where did you get that?’ Haiti.” 

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Karan with Haitian singer Emeline Michel and Haitian artist Philippe Dodard, at a cocktail party sponsored by Grey Goose

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A selection of the Urban Zen wares

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