Rihanna Partners With Parsons School of Design For A Good Cause
Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation are teaming up with a handful of students at the Parsons School of Design, along with Donna Karan and her Urban Zen Foundation, to create merchandise to benefit the children of Haiti who are in desperate need.
Parsons students will collaborate with local artists at the Design, Organization, Training (D.O.T) Center, a vocational training center in Haiti co-founded by Karan, Parsons school, and designer Paula Coles. The students will get the opportunity to travel and work in Haiti through the school's Design Fellowship. Rihanna will be given an award at the Parsons annual benefit on May 22 for her charitable work. There she will reveal the students that will be a part of this project.
“We are ecstatic that our students will have the opportunity to work with and develop a merchandise line for Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation, that, like Parsons, shares a strong commitment to creating positive social change,” Alison Mears, director of the Healthy Materials Lab at Parsons and helped launch D.O.T., said in a statement. “Through this partnership with Donna Karan and Urban Zen, students will live Parsons’ mission, taking a multidisciplinary collaborative approach and utilizing local sustainable practices and healthier materials to create products that benefit Haiti and the Clara Lionel Foundation."