I do is a matter of heart, body and soul," says
Donna Karan, chief designer of the international company
that bears her name. "For me, designing is an expression
of who I am as a woman, with all the complications,
feelings and emotions."
In fact, Karan
credits her feminine instincts to the success of the
company she founded in 1984 with her late husband Stephan
Weiss, which went on to become a publicly-traded enterprise
in 1996, and then five years later, was acquired by
its present owner, the French luxury conglomerate, LVMH,
Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Says Karan, "That
I'm a woman makes me want to nurture others, fulfill
needs and solve problems. At the same time, the artist
within me strives for beauty, both sensually and visually.
So design is a constant challenge to balance comfort
with luxury, the practical with the desirable."