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Rihanna is Designing a New Line of Merch to Benefit Haiti

The singer is partnering with Parsons and Donna Karan

BY HILARY SHEPHERD

NEWS  -  MAY 08

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Rihanna, perpetual Met Gala winner and fashion chameleon, has announced a collaboration with The New School's Parsons School of Design (where she’ll be honored later this month), Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation, and Haitian artists on a new line of merch. Proceeds will go directly to the singer’s Clara Lionel Foundation, a non-profit benefiting impoverished communities across the world.

A press release stated that over the summer, six to eight students from the design school will travel to Haiti to work with local artists at the Design, Organization, Training Center in Port-au-Prince, a vocational training center launched in 2015 by Karan, Parsons, and Haitian artisan Paula Coles. 

The news comes just after Rihanna was named Humanitarian of the Year from Harvard, and it follows another charitable endeavor put forth by Rih, in which a portion of sales from Dior’s “We Should All Be Feminists” T-shirt went to her charity. 

Watch this space for more updates on the project, and stay tuned for the Parsons Benefit on May 22—that’s when she’ll reveal the lucky winners of the Design Fellowship.

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