On a crisp winter morning, I attended a press preview at the Urban Zen Marketplace, a seasonal offshoot of the shop owned by Donna Karan. It's a lovely open space full of exotic treasures and decorated with pine boughs and candles. Plates of fresh fruit and delicious muffins were strewn about and guests were encouraged to sip hearty mugs of steaming coffee and tea while perusing the merchandise. For those who prefer cold start to the morning, there was chilled Organic Avenue juice in Royal Red and Green Love.
Donna Karan made an appearance, wandering through the awestruck crowd pointing out handmade items from Haiti (like Pascale Theard's keychains and bags)and regaling us with stories of her daughter and granddaughters raiding her closet. Also in attendance were designer Bonnie Young (whose work benefits Fashion Fights for Children's Rights), PJ Gach, Courtney of That Girl at the Party, Jared Allred of Guilty and Glamorous, Kelly from Island Chic 77, John Woody of Fashion Reverie, and Raymond G. guesting for An Editor's Pick.
The point of the Urban Zen Marketplace is to create a soulful economy, a retail environment that enriches and reaches out with every sale. The books, furnishings, and clothing are their to bring joy and comfort to the consumer, while shedding much needed light on troubled lives, like the beaded necklaces and bracelets from Same Sky. Every purchase buys an artisan 2 weeks of clean water, so for $50 you can help someone and their children have potable water to drink and cook with.
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Monday to Wednesday 10am to 6pm, Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday 10 am to 6pm, Saturday 11m to 6pm, Sunday 12pm to 6pm. If you need directions you can call them at 631.725.6176.