Two years ago a magnitude seven earthquake devastated Haiti and although the country has slipped from the news, it is still recovering from the disaster. Fashion designer Donna Karan, moved by the plight of the countries continuing struggle is pushing Haiti’s cause to the forefront with her charity, the Urban Zen Foundation. For Christmas, hundreds of plain papier-mâché hearts made by Haitian artisans will be on sale at DKNY’s Bond Street store. Customers can put their own artistic stamp on the hearts and support a worthy cause while creating personalised Yuletide decorations. To celebrate the Hearts for Haiti project, photographer Rankin has designed an installation using the hearts that will adorn DKNY’s windows until after Christmas. But get there quick; this will be a diminishing display, with customers encouraged to pluck and buy the heart they like. Among the blank white hearts there will be a colourful collection designed by 40 celebrities. Having put their artistic skills to the test, these decorated hearts will go to auction in the early new year.
The hearts for Haiti will be sold at all DKNY stores for the price of £5 throughout the Christmas period with all proceeds going to the Urban Zen Foundation. urbanzen.org