Mrs. Karan was born on October 2, 1948 in Forest Hills, New York, United States. From an early age Donna Karan, who grew up in Hewlett, Long Island, was immersed in the world of fashion. Her mother worked as a model and had also worked in designer Chester Weinberg's showroom. Her father was a tailor and haberdasher who died when Donna Karan was three years old. Mrs. Karan and her older sister Gail were raised by their mother in Woodmere, in the Five Towns region of Nassau County, New York. Her mother then married for the second time. Mrs. Karan's stepfather made for a living, working as a suit designer.