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Donna Karan

After 15 years at Anne Klein, Donna Karan launched her eponymous label, which has grown into a global lifestyle brand.

Vital statistics

  • 1984 Established
  • Private Type
  • New York, United States HQ
  • LVMH Moët Hennessy - Louis Vuitton Parent Group

Key people

  • Mark Weber Chief Executive

Company Snapshot

Company Snapshot

Donna Karan is a New York-based fashion house specializing in fashion goods for men and women (ready-to-wear for men, women and children, accessories) founded in 1984 by Donna Karan.

After 15 years at Anne Klein, ten of which as head designer, in 1984 Karan and her late husband Stephan Weiss were offered the opportunity to start their own business by Takihyo LLC, owner of Anne Klein. The company became a publicly traded venture in 1996, and in 2001 it was purchased by French corporation Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy.

Donna Karan's mainline label Donna Karan New York debuted for Fall 1985 with the women's collection Seven Easy Pieces, "where a handful of interchangeable items work together to create an entire wardrobe that goes from day to evening, week day to weekend, season to season". In July 1991 she launched her first menswear collection.

Inspired by her daughter Gaby, Donna Karan founded DKNY in 1989 as a younger, more affordable fast fashion diffusion line to run alongside her existing Donna Karan New York label. Many labels have branched off of the original DKNY brand, including DKNY Jeans, DKNY Active, DKNY Underwear, DKNY Juniors, DKNY Kids, and DKNY Pure. DKNY Men, launched in 1992, consists of tailored suits, dress wear, formalwear, casual wear, sportswear, and shoes.

The Donna Karan Beauty collection, which specializes in fragrances, was launched in 1992. In 2001, the Donna Karan Home collection, which includes traditional luxury bedding and accessories, and DKNY Home, which has more contemporary and fashion-forward bedding, were introduced.

Source: Wikipedia

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