Donna Karan and Urban Zen have come together to create a unique holiday shopping experience.
This holiday season when you’re buying a present, think about selecting a gift that gives back. That idea is behind the concept of the Urban Zen Holiday Marketplace. Located at 705 Greenwich Street in New York City, Urban Zen is a philosophy of living by Donna Karan. She gathered 28 designers: Ana Srdic, Burkindy Jewelry, Bonnie Young, CariniLang, Celine Cannon, Elizabeth Jordan, Elvis And Kresse, Elizabeth Martin, FEED, From The Road, Furniture Garden, Girlie by Debra Rodman, Jan George, Jason Ross, Jennifer Anderson, Jewelry For A Cause, Just Shea, Kahina, Laurin Copen Antiques, LemLem, Lole, Melete Mercantile, Nomad Two Worlds, Playing Mantis, Ruby Beets, Same Sky, Sheila Johnson Collection, Tripoli Patterson, Urban Zen, and WAKA WAKA.
Each of those designers or companies has allied themselves with a cause they believe in. During the holiday marketplace, Urban Zen is contributing 10 percent of the net proceeds to benefit the Urban Zen Foundation. It promotes well being, empowering children and preserving cultures.
Donna Karan was at the press preview. At one point she and I were chatting and she said to me, “My dressing is easy; black in the winter and white in the summer.” She told me how her daughter would go into her closet and pair an expensive beaded gown with cowboy boots, then go off to school in the outfit. And now, her granddaughter is going through her closet too! I told her I did the same, "And the best store in the world is mommy’s closet.”
As I walked through the marketplace during the press preview, I noted that you could decorate your home with the furnishing, adorn yourself with jewels and clothe everyone in your family. There were so many fascinating, gorgeous items to feast your eyes on.
Two companies really caught my eye: Elvis And Kresse and Jewelry For A Cause. Elvis and Kresse creates bags and accessories from fire hoses. Not only are the objects durable, they’re gorgeous. Jewelry for A Cause is showcasing jewelry (bangles and cufflinks) from their Caliber Collection. Made from bullet casings taken from the streets and serial numbers from illegal guns taken by the Newark Police Department, 20 percent of the proceeds of each sale funds future buyback programs in Newark, New Jersey
The marketplace is open now through New Year’s Eve. For hours and directions, call them at 631-725-6176.