Donna Karan

Donna Karan
Donna Karan

Donna Karan

From the house founded by Donna Karan in 1984, DKNY emerged in 1989. Since its inception, DKNY has been synonymous with New York. The label continues to merge aspiration with practicality, and modern tailoring with sophisticated ease.

Creation date: 1984
CEO: Caroline Brown
Head office: 240 W. 40th Street New York NY 10018 – United States of America


As a veritable icon of the New York fashion scene, Donna Karan fully embraces her global – some would say ‘holistic’ – vision of design.” When she founded her House in 1985, she created the Seven Easy Pieces, a system of interchangeable essentials designed to be used in infinite combinations. This wish to simplify life for modern women without sacrificing elegance or sensuality would never go out of fashion. Donna Karan set out her basic principles very early on: the universal language of fashion, the fluidity of soft fabrics that sculpt the body, and a New York palette of black, beige and red. Perfume, shoes, home accessories, etc.:  Donna Karan has grown into a whole universe of products that symbolize a busy, urban lifestyle and fully embrace their femininity. Today, the journey continues under the creative direction of Maxwell Osborne and Dao Yi Chow.

1994 DKNY Campaign © Peter Lindbergh


A bodysuit, a tailored jacket, a skirt, pants, a cashmere sweater, a leather jacket and an outfit for the evening. Launched in 1984, Donna Karan's Seven Easy Pieces revolutionized the contemporary wardrobe. Based on an intuitive understanding of the needs and desires of busy women, they combine seven easy to wear garments.

Models wearing bodysuits, Donna Karan show, spring 1986 © Courtesy of Donna Karan New York


© Santiago & Mauricio

“We both grew up in NYC and DKNY has always been part of the landscape of this city in our formative years as designers and as New Yorkers. It is one of the brands that helped change the game for us and for American fashion. It evokes everything our city was always about – energy, disruption, new thinking and transcending all boundaries.”


DKNY finds inspiration in its own backyard. In the sophisticated ease of the modern girl as she moves though the city. Blurring the lines between aspiration and practicality, DKNY embraces duality and tension. This is a girl who is not defined by what she’s done, but by what she’s about it to do.

The famous DKNY “Soho Wall” on Houston Street in So Ho, New York © Courtesy of DKNY
The iconic Donna Karan Bridge image © Courtesy of Donna Karan New York


Donna Karan was one of the first American designers to open a store in Asia in 1993. Twenty years later, the House has stores in more than 25 countries around the world. Under today’s creative direction, DKNY will open their first concept shop in March 2016.

Key figures

  • 300 DKNY stores around the world
  • 1,300 worldwide employees
  • 1,823,923 “Likes” on Facebook