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Giving Inspiration – Donna Karan

It’s our second week into the ViX Swimwear Giving Inspiration 2011 campaign and we’re committed to the season of giving by partnering with designer Paula Hermanny’s charity of choice, World Vision. We also want to share stories of notable women and their charitable causes, hoping it encourages others to give back.

Last week we highlighted the efforts of Diane von Furstenberg, and to continue the Giving Inspiration series, another fashion magnate comes to mind: Donna Karan. In Santa Barbara last month, the Dream Foundation honored Donna for her work through Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (UZIT). UZIT is an initiative of The Urban Zen Foundation, established by Donna after the loss of her husband to cancer. During that time she recognized the need for patients to be treated on a holistic level in addition to receiving medicinal therapy, firmly believing this would improve quality of life for the terminally ill and their family members.

The Urban Zen Foundation also supports the preservation of cultures and the empowering of children, with the most recent work involving the rebuilding of Haiti after the natural disaster of 2010. From her humanitarian work, Donna created a Haitian inspired clothing collection to draw attention to her cause and instill in people the idea that they can “buy a product that can change a life.”

A mother, a designer, an industry leader and a woman, Donna came from a family steeped in fashion and founded her company in 1984. Her domain spreads from clothing to home and beauty, however it is clear she has other, deeper passions when she declares, quite succinctly, that “I have spent decades dressing people. Now I want to address them.”

Find out more at the Urban Zen website and make sure to check back with us next week, as we continue with our Giving Inspiration campaign.

Donna Karan inspires ViX Swimwear Giving Inspiration through Urban Zen Foundation