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May 22, 2015 12:40 PM

Three decades after she launched her “Seven Easy Pieces” line and rose to fame as the Queen of Seventh Avenue, fashion designer Donna Karan is still in awe of her own amazing journey.

“Who would have thought a nice Jewish girl from the Five Towns on Long Island would take a journey from Versailles to Hollywood to Haiti? I’ve done it all: married the love of my life, raised a daughter and a company, dressed a president, and became best friends with my childhood idol Barbra Streisand,” she reflects in a statement to PEOPLE. “From the very start, it’s been an amazing ride.”

Fashion fans can look forward to reading all about that ride in Karan’s forthcoming memoir, My Journey, which will be published in 2015 by Ballantine Books.

My Journey by Donna Karan
Courtesy Random House

The book, Karan’s first, features a foreword by her best friend Streisand, the publishing company tells PEOPLE. (Streisand’s own long-awaited memoir is coming in 2017).

In My Journey, Karan, 65, reflects on her coming-of-age on Long Island as the daughter of a tailor and a Seventh Avenue saleswoman, her nearly five-decade-long career, motherhood, and her spiritual journey.

She also discusses her two marriages and the loss of her second husband and business partner Stephan Weiss, who died of lung cancer in 2001.

“Our lives are guided by what happens to us, and we choose which roads to take,” Karan says in a release for the book. “As I look back and reflect on my journey, I see how one chapter led to another, how something ended and something else began. I’m very excited to share my story.”

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