Donna Karan is Expanding Her Dedication to Artisans and Cultural Preservation in Collaboration with the Largest International Folk Art Market in the World. Urban Zen will host its annual Holiday Marketplace with International Folk Art Market (IFAM) creating a multi-dimensional cultural destination at the Urban Zen Center

The holiday collaboration is an evolution of Urban Zen’s recent work with IFAM and its ever-growing investment in artisans, where Donna Karan curated a group of artisans to highlight at the annual Santa Fe Folk Art Market this past summer. Karan has been a huge supporter of IFAM and its international artisans, as well as one of its best customers and partners.

“Urban Zen and International Folk Art Market have something important in common: we are both deeply in love with human creativity and culture. We see the same beauty in handspun fibers and natural dyes. We hear the stories told in the symbols woven into baskets and carved into wood. We take the same joy in listening to artists from around the world talk about why and what they make. Our partnership, because it is formed around these shared values, touches everyone involved, including people who will come to our December event at the Urban Zen Center in Greenwich Village to look, to learn, and to buy.” Keith Recker, Creative Director, International Folk Art Market

“I am so inspired by the artisans IFAM brings together from around the world. I love every single one of them and appreciate the heart and soul that goes into making these one-of-a-kind objects. Keith and IFAM are connecting the dots with us as we build a soulful economy at Urban Zen. It’s never about the me, but the we. How we can create a conscious community, where philanthropy meets commerce.” Donna Karan, Founder of Urban Zen

The holiday artisanal destination will highlight over 40 international artisans from countries like Colombia, India, Thailand, Madagascar and South Africa bringing to life each of these unique cultures, all in one space. Timed with seasonal shopping, shoppers will find everything from accessories, home décor, textiles, clothing, art and much more.

A series of events will bring like-minded individuals and organizations, for conscious conversations, panel discussions, mindful activations like meditations and healing rituals, and education workshops.

For the opening weekend December 7th – 9th, six artisans will be on site to engage with shoppers.

  • Marie Alexandrine Rasoanantenaina; Madagascar, products include baskets, carpets, bags, and runners
  • Bounkhong Signavong; Lao PDR, products include silk and cotton Lao loom woven clothing and accessories
  • Porfirio Gutierrez; Mexico, products include naturally dyed wool rugs and tapestries
  • Abduljabbar Khatri; India, products include Bandhani textiles
  • Farzana Sharshenvieva; Kyrgyzstan, products include apparel and textiles
  • Jabulile Nala; South Africa, products include Zulu pottery and ceramics


December 6th through December 29th (Marketplace closes at 3pm on Dec. 24th)
Urban Zen
705 Greenwich St, NYC

Mon-Wed, 10 AM – 6 PM
Thurs, 10 AM – 7 PM
Fri, 10 AM – 6 PM
Sat, 11 AM – 6 PM
Sun 12PM-5PM
Open to the public