Haiti Artisan Project

Donna Karan was first introduced to Haiti by her inspiration, President Bill Clinton, and the Clinton Global Initiative. Instead of seeing the country’s devastation following the earthquake, Donna saw Haiti’s potential through the eyes of creativity and the spirit of its people. She immediately galvanized the design community and fashion world as part of her commitment to tell Haiti’s story through a new lens.

The Haiti Artisan Project, founded by Donna Karan, promotes economic development through job creation and vocational education, helps raise awareness and highlights the creativity of Haiti’s artisans.

“Where there is creativity there is hope and Haiti is the most hopeful place I’ve experienced.”
– Donna Karan

The journey began in Haiti for Donna

She was first introduced to Haiti by her inspiration, President Bill Clinton, and the Clinton Global Initiative. Instead of seeing the country’s devastation following the earthquake, Donna saw Haiti’s potential through the soul of its culture and the spirit of its people. In turn, the Haiti Artisan Project was born.

The Mission

Preserve Haiti's craftsmanship and highlight the creativity of its artisans.

The Artisan Community

As an ambassador to the preservation of Haiti’s artistry and expression, Donna Karan and our partners promote economic development through job creation and vocational education. We work one-on-one with artists who work with materials ranging from carved stone to horn, wooden bowls, made by hand beadwork from recycled materials, ironwork and metal transformed into chandeliers, steel drums etched and cut into tableaus, tobacco leaves sensuously wrapped in curvaceous vases and beyond.

15 + Artisans Have Joined Our Artisan Community

  • Caribbean Craft
  • Jean Paul Sylviance
  • Atelier Calla
  • Pascale Theard
  • Paula Coles
  • Apparent Project
  • Maritou
  • Wrought Iron by Cookie
  • Philippe Dodard
  • And more...

Soulful Give Back

10% of net proceeds from the Haiti Artisan Project support our foundation's efforts in Haiti.

Our Mission In Haiti