My name is Donna Jean Baxter.
I have been using my creativity and imagination in the fashion industry for over 15 years.
Upon graduating from F.I.T., I started my own clothing label Caroline Hedaya and was chosen our very first season in 2003 by ELLE as one of their new favorite designers. I am proud to say we were featured in WWD, NYLON, OK MAGAZINE, ELLE, REFINERY 29, TEEN VOGUE, DAILY CANDY, MTV, GOTHAM, TIME OUT NY, NEW YORK POST, and SHAPE. We sold in Henri Bendel, Shopbop, Intermix, Saks Fifth Avenue, Dolce Vita and many boutiques worldwide.
I then became co-owner of the incredible clothing boutique Darling located in a townhouse in the heart of the West Village, NYC. A very special two level boutique filled with a curated selection of over 50 of the best local and international designers, including Darling's own private label 'Kisses by Darling' which I designed and produced right here in NYC. Frequented by amazing celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Susan Sarandon, Lupita Nyong'o and Kate Baldwin and named by Time Out in the Top 50 Clothing Stores in NYC, Darling was an important staple for the fashion community and was a constant reminder of how shopping can be fun in the first place!
For me, its very important to set the creative tone for myself each day, so I start off every morning with a fashion illustration. I use fun mediums like glitter and food coloring to create memorable and emotional pieces. My illustrations have been recognized by amazing companies such as Nasty Gal, ModCloth, Valentino, Marc Jacobs, Jonathan Saunders, J.W. Anderson, Mara Hoffman and Marchesa. I have also been featured on many online art galleries such as Nawden and ArtSnapper.
Most importantly: I am forever on the hunt for gold.