Donna Karan is leaving her signature brand, Donna Karan New York, as well as DKNY, to focus on philanthropic work. Her new venture into philanthropy will entail working with her organization, Urban Zen Company and Foundation, which specializes in health care and cultural awareness.
Donna Karan New York first debuted in fall 1985, featuring a collection of women’s high end clothing. After being inspired by her young daughter, Donna Karan launched DKNY in 1989 as a more affordable, ready-to-wear division of the fashion label. Since then, the brand’s notoriety has continued to skyrocket, adding more divisions such as DKNY Jeans and DKNY Beauty and Home. DKNY has also featured a long list of campaigns with some of the biggest celebrities in the industry including A$AP Rocky, Cara Delevingne, and Jourdan Dunn.
As of now, Donna Karan will not have a successor. With her departure however, the brand will be overseen by Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne. The company’s licensing business as well as the affordable division of clothing will be handled by LVMH, the group that also oversees Louis Vuitton, Moet, and Hennessy. The 30-year veteran brand in women’s and men’s fashion will be suspended while the company reorganizes. The Fall 2015 and resort 2016 collections will be the company’s last under Donna Karan’s creative direction.
Looking to the future, the Urban Zen Company and Foundation primarily seeks to further the well-being of children and to tackle whatever obstacles may come their way, whether that being familial issues or social. It also connects with urban communities to preserve the cultural identities that inhabit the area.