Bad Karma?

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Update 12/22/2008: Donna Karan has announced that her fall 2009 lines will be fur-free and that she has “no plans” to use fur in the future! Read more.

I’m not quite sure what Sag Harbor Village, New York—a self-proclaimed “spiritually oriented” town—is thinking by welcoming Donna Karan into their peace circle. But they have, and they are allowing her to set up shop near the wharf. So amongst the yoga shops and raw-food eateries, there will soon be Urban Zen, DK’s yoga-inspired store, which plans to sell DK’s fashions, amongst other things. Catch the details here.

The nagging question on deck is: Why would someone so relentless in the promotion of fur and the killing of innocent animals for their skins have any interest in associating herself with yoga and its quintessential beliefs? One just doesn’t seem to go with the other. Yoga is, after all, a spiritual awakening and a practice of love and nonviolence. (Forgive me for getting all “hippie” on you, but it is.)

Somehow, I just don’t think the practice of yoga will cleanse the karma of a desperate, bunny-butchering fashion designer who continues to use real fur in her collections when there are so many great alternatives out there. There’s no violence in yoga, DK. And there definitely isn’t any peace for animals who are skinned alive and anally electrocuted for your clothes. However, we do have a suggestion for you to turn your bad karma good: Stop killing animals! I know, you’ve never heard that before, right?

—Jen

Posted by Jennifer Cierlitsky, Membership Correspondence Coordinator

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