Doesn’t this weather make you want to play hookie today? If you’re in San Francisco, here’s a good reason to sneak out a little early: Donna Karan launched her Urban Zen collection at Carrots in Jackson Square—the only place you’ll find the pieces in Northern California. Pop in for a peek at the heathered jersey dresses, drapey leather jackets, bold oversized jewelry, and Hatian-made housewares.
The prices hover around $800 for skirts and tops, and go up to $2,500 for a leather jacket. But you can feel good about your expensive purchase because 1: the pieces are the gorgeousely comfortable kinds of things you’ll wear again and again and, 2: Ten percent of every Urban Zen purchase goes towards Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation, a healthcare program that kicked off in 2009 with an $850,000 grant from the designer. Among other things, the initiative trains “integrative” healthcare providers to take a holistic approach to patients. They augment traditional medicine by determining whether patients might benefit from gentle yoga, aromatherapy, or just someone to sit with them. Karan was moved to start the program after losing her husband to lung cancer in 2001 and after her best friend succumbed to brain cancer in September 2008. Before you call it woo woo, know that it’s been endorsed by Madame Secretary Hilary Clinton.
All profits from the housewares handcrafted by Hatian artisans will go towards Karan’s Hope, Help and Rebuild Haiti initiative. The woman is philanthropic machine! You gotta love her for making you feel great about buying gorgeous clothes.
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