Content Tagged: Artisans

The December Issue: Vogue on Donna Karan, Bill Clinton & Haiti

We are thrilled to share some very exciting news with you: we’re in Vogue! On newsstands tomorrow, you’ll be able to pick up the latest issue of Vogue and read all about our Founder Donna Karan, our inspired collaboration with Former President Bill Clinton and our ever-evolving love affair with Haiti, all on the glossy… Read more »

FIVE DAYS IN HAITI: A PICTURE OF HAITI’S BRIGHT FUTURE

This trip to Haiti was different than anything else I’ve experienced before. There’s work and then there is show time – this was show time. Like so many other instances in my life, this was yet another powerful example of dots connecting and this time I was able to share the magic of Haiti with… Read more »

A PICTURE OF HAITI’S BRIGHT FUTURE: Day One

I had the unique pleasure of taking a new team of people on an excursion to experience Haiti through the Urban Zen lens. I was a tour guide of sorts, sharing my intense love and passion for all things Haiti. On day one, we hit the ground running in Port Au Prince by visiting Haitian… Read more »

A PICTURE OF HAITI’S BRIGHT FUTURE: Day Three

We began the day by visiting Shelly Clay, a truly inspiring woman behind the Apparent Project. The Apparent Project is an organization that uses recycled materials like cardboard and cereal boxes to produce gorgeous beaded jewelry; the result of this generates a revenue stream that takes care of orphaned children. Shelly is all about utilizing… Read more »

The Bridgehampton Polo Challenge: An Exchange of Inspiration

It continues to be a very exciting summer for Urban Zen. As we prepare for a new slate of programming for the fall, our July and August are dedicated to bringing our Hope Help & Rebuild Haiti (HHRH) initiative to the Hamptons. Each weekend of Bridgehampton Polo, pieces from the HHRH collection will be sold,… Read more »

RETURN TO HAITI: ART AND SOUL – DAY 3

Today, many artisans come to meet with us at our hotel, The Karbie in Port Au Prince. Nothing makes me happier than working with artisans. And this was a particularly great group: Christelle Paul who designs horn jewelry; Joelle Bonay, an amazingly talented silk scarf painter who I met on our last trip and whose… Read more »

RETURN TO HAITI: ART AND SOUL – DAY 2

We drive to Leogane, which is the stone-carving community where Urban Zen’s “Million Hearts for Haiti” come from. The people and their work is breathtaking. Raw, simple and expressive. Everyone there is eager to learn and help any way they can. We give them an inspiration and, minutes later, they come back to us with… Read more »

RETURN TO HAITI: ART AND SOUL – DAY 1

Haiti speaks to my heart. It embraces everything we seek to accomplish at Urban Zen – the need to preserve culture, a crisis of healthcare, and a way to educate children to help secure a future of sustainability. I traveled to Haiti in September as part of the Clinton Foundation to see where the opportunities… Read more »