This Week’s Community Highlights: Discussing the Importance of Meditation
Last Updated on Friday, 17 February 2012 12:28 Written by Urban Zen Friday, 17 February 2012 12:28
The importance of meditation was this week’s thread of commonality for the Urban Zen community. We tweeted the quote, “Any action done with awareness is #meditation,” and asked, “Do you agree? Or, should meditation require more ritual?” Friends such as @viltwitt and @SacredFoodGuru responded by sharing their thoughts on the expansiveness of meditation and how it can be practiced in a variety of ways, including in the heart of your kitchen. We especially loved @shantignr8tion’s wise meditation tip, “experience the Haunting Silence of your Rambling Mind!”
This Week’s Community Highlights: Culture & Conscience During Fashion Week
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 February 2012 11:43 Written by Urban Zen Monday, 13 February 2012 05:59
New York Fashion Week is upon us and the Twittersphere is abuzz sending out #backstage photos and highlights as seen from the front rows of some of the most sought-after shows. In the midst of all of the #fashion tweets, there was another conversation that rose to the surface, one that celebrates culture and conscious consumerism – two concepts we love at Urban Zen. Not only do we love chatting with our online community about these subjects, we love creating real experiences for our local community. This NYFW we’ve created an exhibition in the Stephan Weiss Studio that highlights that magic of Haiti and the ways in which this abundantly creative country has inspired our founder, Donna Karan, to expand her own creative expression.Learn More
Experience the Creative Spirit of Haiti at Urban Zen
Last Updated on Monday, 19 September 2011 02:22 Written by Donna Karan Wednesday, 14 September 2011 01:40
This week is all about celebrating the creative spirit of Haiti and sharing Haiti’s brilliant artisans with the fashion community. It’s Fashion Week and the city is buzzing with artistic ingenuity – the perfect opportunity to really unveil the extraordinary collaboration between Urban Zen Foundation and Haiti.
My work in Haiti has inspired every project and new venture I’ve taken on. As a designer and as a philanthropist, Haiti touches all that I do. The new Donna Karan collection is a perfect example of this – I was thrilled to showcase the artistic talents of Haitian artisan Philippe Dodard through the clothing, a perfect canvas for displaying the potential and possibility of Haiti.
To experience this rapturous energy, I invite you to stop by Urban Zen where you will be enveloped in the world and culture of Haitian artistry. In my travels to Haiti I have connected with brilliantly creative artisans to develop timeless, seasonless accessories and housewares – and 100% of the proceeds go back to the artisans of Haiti. These beautiful wares will transport you to the country’s lush richness. In the store’s gallery, you’ll find a fabulous tabletop covered in wooden bowls, tobacco vases, and beautiful beadwork. The room glows under the light of a dramatic chandelier made from reclaimed Haitian metal, crystal and weathered wood. The walls are accented by beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces from the Nomad Two World Haiti Project, a collaborative effort between photographer Russell James and select Haitian artists, including Philippe Dodard. Every piece is made lovingly by hand and is supported by Urban Zen to bolster Haitian artisans by creating a sustainable model of philanthropy and commerce.
Come and be my guest at Urban Zen. The creativity of Haiti awaits you.