NEW YORK — The Soulful Economy. It’s a movement Donna Karan is choosing to embrace wholeheartedly with her latest venture, the Urban Zen Holiday Marketplace. The pop-up shopping environment, which opened quietly this past weekend at the Urban Zen Center (i.e. the West Village’s Stephan Weiss Studio), aims to make a philanthropic difference with all kinds of artisanal pieces from around the world.
“I always feel it’s about the artisans,” Karan said during a walk-through of the space. “There are so many people who are really on this path right now so I said, ‘Why don’t we celebrate the whole concept of conscious consumerism, of buying something and giving back and making a difference in somebody’s life?’”
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"