Donna Karan married artist Stephan Weiss in 1983, four years after her divorce with Mark Karan. A sculptor and painter, Stephen co founded the Donna Karan Company with his wife and helped the fashion house by negotiating licensing agreements and structuring the departments. Born in Manhattan, Stephen attended the Pratt Institute and in the beginning of his career, worked for his father's drapery company “I. Weiss & Sons”. The talented artist Stephen died due to lung cancer in Manhattan in 2001.