On a side street off Santa Monica Boulevard, a whitewashed archway opens onto calm, tasteful space devoted to wellness. It's not another yoga studio; it's Donna Karan's new Urban Zen shop.
The just-opened boutique is the third location--after Manhattan and Sag Harbor, New York--for the retail outgrowth of Karan's philanthropic Urban Zen Foundation. One hundred percent of sales of artisan wares--such as Haitian box-top jewelry, tobacco-leaf vases and carved stone hearts--goes to the makers.
A brick path leads to a room set with horn and leather jewelry ($400 to $1,400), essential oils by Young Living ($60) and bath products by Como Shambhala ($15 to $80). Another room includes clothing exclusive to the boutiques: stretch-jersey affairs such as a long-sleeved twisted wrap dress ($1,095) and stretch linen skinny pant ($795) that remind us of Karan designs we fell in love with years ago.
The centerpiece is a courtyard with wooden furniture made in collaboration with Bonetti/Kozerski Studio, including a long table set for eight, perfect for the arts and charity events hosted here. "This looks just like Donna's house in Parrot Cay," says her longtime collaborator and friend Lisa Keshtkar. If that's the case, we've just found our new life coach.
Urban Zen, 9045 Nemo St., West Hollywood; 310-247-1255 or urbanzen.com