The CoutureLab Coalition Launch

Donna Karan, Carmen Busquets and Livia Firth launch a new platform to support Latin American artisans and independant designers


The CoutureLab Coalition was launched during a cocktail reception hosted by Donna Karan at her iconic Urban Zen space in New York last night.

The initiative, made up of both people and businesses including Carmen Busquets, Livia Firth, Donna Karan, Petra Nemcova and Lucy Siegle, aims to foster sustainable practices and improve the lives of artisans and creatives in Latin America.  It was formed following the sustainability-focused summit Omina, held in Costa Rica earlier this year, in recognition of the need to support artisans through collaborations and knowledge sharing.

The event also celebrated Carmen Busquets’ receipt of this year’s Fashion 4 Development Award at the First Ladies Luncheon earlier in the day.

Livia Firth with Ulric Jerome, CEO of MATCHESFASHION.COM
Livia Firth with Guatemalan designer Isabella Springmühl, who met at the Omina Summit earlier this year, pictured here with Isabella's mother, Isabel Tejada
Livia Firth, Isabella Spingmühl, Carmen Busquets and Donna Karan