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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Donna Karan Urban Zen Philosophy & Fashion

Urban Zen is a philosophy of living by fashion designer Donna Karan.  More than a philosophy, it is also a store.  The Urban Zen stores offer a unique collection of luxurious women and men’s apparel, one-of-a-kind jewelry, handcrafted leather pieces, artisan furniture and home decor, as well as other soulful objects of desire.  Urban Zen’s products are developed in partnership with artisans who align with the soulful economy mission set forth by Donna Karan.

The Urban Zen Foundation creates, connects and collaborates to raise awareness and inspire change in the areas of well-being, preserving cultures and empowering children.  They design forums, partner with existing organizations and bring together experts to define solutions and implement action.

Their mission is to care for our children’s well-being and give them the tools to face obstacles and opportunities with love, compassion & strength. The Urban Zen Foundation collaborate with existing children’s organizations and create programs to enhance their spiritual, physical and emotional growth.

Donna Karan stated, “At some point in our lives, any one of us may find ourselves touched by illness, either our own or a loved one’s – as I learned when my late husband Stephan fell ill. Stephan’s illness opened up a whole new world to me, a world that I would never have sought or wished for, but one which taught me so much.  That experience and all I learned from it awakened me to what is missing from mainstream health care, and it inspired me to build a bridge to the health care of the future.”

Donna would like to invite you to join her in co-creating that bridge to the humane health care system we all want.  As Donna Karan mentions, “medicine is critical in treating many diseases, but our science does not embrace the spirit of wholeness essential to authentic caring for patients and their families.  Every one of us needs and deserves true caring at those times.  She goes on to explain that, “even a few simple acts of healing can soften and transform a painful experience into one of comfort and hope.  Just being present to listen and to share concerns is so powerful. Whether it’s offering the scent of a therapeutic oil or the healing touch of Reiki, there’s so much more we can do and must do for people facing illness.”

It is the calm in the chaos of life. A way of giving. An effortless dance of emotion, personality and lifestyle. Timeless. Seasonless. Endlessly expressive. A connection of mind, body and spirit. Touched and inspired by cultures and craftsmen from around the world.

The Urban Zen Foundation creates, connects and collaborates to raise awareness and inspire change in the areas of preservation of culture (Soulful Economy), Integrative Healthcare (Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program) and Education.

Does anyone know if proceeds from the product sold in the store goes to the foundation?  I was not able to locate that information on their website today.  My assumption is that portion of the proceeds would make its way to the charities, but I am currently uncertain.  If you know information about this, please add to the comments section below.

Learn more about Donna Karan on Apparel Search.  In addition to her profile page, you can check the Donna Karan definition section.

By the way, the word Zen means a Japanese school of Mahayana Buddhism emphasizing the value of meditation and intuition.  Zen developed in China during the Tang dynasty as Chán.  From China, Chán spread south to Vietnam, northeast to Korea and east to Japan, where it became known as Japanese Zen.

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