Donna Karan’s Life
Donna Karan is an American fashion guru and the creator of one of the biggest clothing lines in United States, the DKNY or Donna Karan New York. Donna Ivy Faske was born on October 2, 1948 in New York. Donna’s mother is a model while her father was into tailoring. She studied designing at Parsons School of Design and worked for Anne Klein. When Anne Klein died, Donna became the head manager of the company’s designing team until she launched her own clothing label, DKNY. She was married to Mark Karan in 1970 and gave birth to a daughter, Gabrielle. Their marriage did not last long, so they decided to part ways. In 1983, Donna married to Stephen Weiss who became DKNY’s co-CEO.
‘ In 1985, DKNY first collection was launched.
‘ In 1962, DKNY for men gave an impulse to the fashion world.
‘ In 1988, DKNY for younger women was opened on cheaper price.
‘ In 1990, DKNY jeans were introduced in the market.
‘ In 2000, the Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton acquired the Gabrielle Studio (which was dedicated to Donna’s daughter) and the DKNY international for the gross price of $ 640 million. Other lines include DKNY handbags, jewelries, sunglasses, purses and other accessories.
DKNY handbags are one of the top selling brand items in United States. Available in varieties, DKNY bags are sold at cheaper prices. The slouchy hobo style DKNY bag is one of the favorites of women. DKNY’s first store was opened in 1996 in New York City. Meanwhile, DKNY flagship stores are situated in Madison Avenue and 60th New York. At present, the DKNY International CEO is Mark Weber with the company’s headquarters on Seventh Avenue, Manhattan. DKNY’s online shopping site was opened to public in 2005.
An animal rights group called PETA protested to fur-made products of DKNY, in addition to inhumane animal treatment. PETA was supported by other countries like India and asked Donna to stop the utilization of fur material. The protests lasted for two years. Donna made a press conference and committed not to use any more fur in their products, but numerous apparels have been still found out with fur fabric.
Donna Karan’s DKNY Recognition and Awards
‘ Coty American Fashion Critic’s Award, 1977, 1982
‘ Coty Hall of Fame, 1984
‘ Menswear Designer of the Year, 1992
‘ Women”s wear Designer of the Year, 1990, 1996