Dawn Baker has more than 20 years experience in fashion merchandising and production as well as styling television personalities. Baker opened her beachside women's retail store, happy LA, in the Pacific Palisades in 2007 and oversees all aspects of the boutique's operation. Shortly after, she began designing and manufacturing her namesake line of essential wardrobe pieces, including a highly successful collection of cashmere sweaters, silk tops and dresses. In 2016, Baker launched a collection of fine jewelry focused on quality and style. Designed with the modern woman in mind, Baker creates a range of unique, contemporary, and versatile pieces.
Prior to launching happy LA, Baker worked as the costume stylist for The Ellen DeGeneres Show. In 2007, Baker was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design and Styling for her work on the show. She later took on the role of personal stylist for both Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi. Baker styled both women for special events, including The GRAMMYs, the Emmy Awards, the Screen Actors Guild Awards and The People's Choice Awards.
Before becoming a stylist, Baker graduated from Arizona State University in 1992 with a degree in textiles and clothing. She began her fashion career in New York City. Baker's experience began in wholesale sales at CP Shades. From there, she moved into production with JCREW and onto merchandising for the Isaac Mizrahi women's wear line, where she helped develop the collection from conception to the end of the line.
In 2000, Baker ventured into the global fashion world as the merchandise liaison for Nicole Miller in Japan, while With Sankyo Seiko Co. Ltd. In this role, Baker worked daily with Nicole Miller to create seasonal concepts, themes, trends, and general direction for all licenses. She traveled seasonally from New York to Japan to approve all licensed and sub-licensed products.
Baker also worked with renowned designers Calvin Klein and Donna Karan, where she made her mark as an intricate part of each designer's women's wear division, acting as a liaison between the design, production, and sales teams. She created and planned the fabric and garment buys for each season and produced the market line lists for both Calvin Klein's and Donna Karan's sales teams.
Dawn resides in Malibu, California with her two children.