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Fashionista Donna Karan to Unveil Urban Zen Boutique in Aspen

Donna Karan

U.S. fashion designer Donna Karan will open a pop-up boutique in Aspen, Colorado on Monday, Women’s Wear Daily said on December 18, adding that the shop is a reflection of her desire to give back to the community.

The 2, 500-square-foot boutique is scheduled to be open through mid-April. Located at 501 East Dean Street, it will sell men’s and women’s apparel, home décor, leather goods, art and jewelry.

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Karan designed an exclusive collection for the boutique called Silver Snow, featuring white, grey and silver cashmere. The line’s sweaters, sweatpants, leggings and suede, shearling and down pieces are to be be priced from $995 and $5, 995, Fashion Times said.

The fashionista feels a special link to Aspen, a world-class ski resort and a prominent winter playground for the rich and famous.

“I’ve spent endless holidays there with my family and have so many friends who live there, ” she said. “My new Urban Zen store is my way of dressing and addressing a community that’s given me so much love and enjoyment – in the same way as my West Village and Sag Harbor stores.”

The boutique is in the retail area of The Residences at The Little Nell and within walking distance to Aspen Mountain’s Silver Queen Gondola, the report said.

Karan’s Urban Zen shops offer clothing, jewelry and home design products inspired by her exotic travels. A percentage of the sales benefit Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation, a non-profit that works to raise awareness and inspire change in healthcare, education and the preservation of cultures.

The fashion industry has long benefited from the concept of pop-up shops, or short-term retail, Fortune said in an article in April.

Karan is one of the most visible American fashion designers of her generation, along with Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. Earlier this year her brand celebrated its 30th anniversary. She sold her namesake company in 2001 but remains creative director and is still fearless when it comes to experimenting with new ideas, the New York Times said in its profile of Karan in June.

Karan was born to Jewish parents and raised in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens, N.Y.

In 2007 she visited Israel’s Shenkar College of Engineering and Design to accept an Honorary Fellow award, teach a master class, set up a scholarship and open an exhibit showcasing her work and design philosophy.




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