Donna Karan’s Travel-inspired Pop-up Store Will Make You Love Shopping for the Holidays Again
The Urban Zen Holiday Marketplace brings together 45 artisans from all over the world.
We’d all love to give that special someone on our list a lavish trip to Bali or an adventurous getaway to Peru, but an over-the-top holiday isn’t always in the cards (or more specifically, the checking account).
The good news is that if you live in New York City or plan on visiting during the holidays, you won’t have to settle for yet another fluffy robe for mom or a sleeve of golf balls for dad. Because this holiday season, a travel-themed pop-up concept has sprung up in the West Village, and beautiful, one-of-a-kind gifts start at just $25.
A partnership between iconic New York fashion designer Donna Karan and the International Folk Art Market (IFAM), the holiday market brings together 45 international artisans from countries all over the world. Browse intricate clay pots from South Africa, merino wool ponchos from Chile, resplendent silk saris from India, and, of course, stunning, globally-inspired creations from Karan herself.
"I've traveled to some pretty wild places," Karan told Travel + Leisure. "And wherever I go, I'm inspired by the people. So this marketplace is all about the talent and vision of these artisans."
Set inside the expansive former studio of Karan’s late husband, sculptor Stephan Weiss, where the designer’s Urban Zen store is located, the high-ceilinged space has been transformed by colorful, large-scale portraits of tribal and indigenous peoples from photographer Jimmy Nelson, an installation of vintage travel trunks and furniture from Bali.
The best part of all? There’s not even the slightest chance of buyer’s remorse or that dreadful feeling of empty consumerism, as all proceeds from the sales of these beautiful objects go towards the artisans themselves.
The Urban Zen Holiday Marketplace is open to the public through Dec. 29. Click here for store hours and more details.