DKNY is a fresh York City-based fashion house focusing on fashion goods for women and men, founded in 1984 by Donna Karan.
Karan worked for 15 years at Anne Klein, including 10 as its head designer. In 1984 Karan and her late husband Stephan Weiss were offered the possibility to start their own business by who owns Anne Klein, Takihyo LLC.
The business became a publicly traded venture in 1996.
In 2001 it had been purchased by the French conglomerate corporation LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy). In 2015 Donna Karan left as chief designer at Donna Karan International, to give attention to her Urban Zen brand and Urban Zen Foundation philanthropy. LVMH sold Donna Karan International, with the ‘Donna Karan’ and ‘DKNY’ brands, to the G-III Apparel Group in 2016 for $650 million. G-III, located in NEW YORK, is a manufacturer and distributor of clothing and accessories under their owned brands, accredited brands, and private label brands.
Donna Karan NY
Donna Karan’s mainline label Donna Karan NY, also referred as Donna Karan Collection, debuted for fall 1985 with the women’s collection Seven Easy Pieces, “in which a couple of interchangeable items interact to create a whole wardrobe that goes from day to evening, week day to weekend, season to season”. In July 1991 she launched her first menswear collection.
The “NY” part on the label will there be to create “the pace, the attitude” of the style house’s offering