Heather Barksdale


Open to Opportunities

Heather Barksdale

Creative Director / Head of Design / Design Director / Creative Consultant

Current Location

Paris, France

Heather is open to new work opportunities

Heather D'Addona is a design professional with over 20 years of experience, working for International brands such as Tara Jarmon, Banana Republic, Elie Tahari, Nicole Miller, and Apostrophe. As a creative head with assured skills in forecasting trends, she brings the ability to create a strong brand identity with a proven track record in promoting company growth. Her experience as an innovative leader managing design teams, sourcing development and working collaboratively, creates unique and brand-right concepts that result in incredible fashion collections.

  • Brands Heather has worked with
    • Tara Jarmon Officiel
    • Banana Republic, Gap Inc.
    • Elie Tahari
    • Nicole Miller
    • HMB Paris
  • Heather's past titles
    • Senior Designer
    • Senior Designer
    • Womenswear Designer
    • Designer
    • Designer
    • Creative Director
Work Preference
Location Preference

Open to relocation

Work Pattern

Open to Full time or Part time work

Employment Preference
  • Freelance Assignments
  • Permanent Positions
  • Hourly Consulting

Creative Director / Creative Consultant

HMB Paris

Jan 2017 - Present

Led development of luxury handbag collection, made in Italy, from design concepts, material sourcing, to visual identity and branding
Awarded place in Creative Link business mentorship program, Creati...

Senior Designer Accessories and Ready to Wear

Tara Jarmon Officiel

Feb 2018 - Mar 2023

Lead the conceptualization and design of leather goods, footwear, and jewelry, including the creation of a new line of premium leather handbags
Sourced production partners and materials to ensure hig...

Sr Designer/ Design Studio Manager

Tara Jarmon Officiel

Jan 2011 - Jan 2015

Managed work flow of designers to create and develop full ready-to-wear collection, involving line plan creation and product analysis
Conducted fabric research and development, selected color palettes...

Sr. Designer Women's Wovens /Women's Knits

Banana Republic, Gap Inc.

Jan 2002 - Jun 2008

Directed the concept and design of dresses, tailoring, skirts, and cut-and-sew knit collection
Conducted seasonal research and product development, including fittings, fabric, and trims
Achieved 50 p...


Elie Tahari

Jan 2001 - Jan 2002

Designed collection including outerwear, jackets, dresses, pants, denim, & leather
Managed design team on embroidery layouts and swatch development direction
Collaborated with cross-functional teams ...

  • Creative Direction


  • Design Direction


  • Team Management


  • Product Development


  • Fashion Design


  • Apparel Design


  • Leadership


  • Accessories Design





Work Proficiency



Rhode Island School of Design


Apparel Design

1994 to 1998

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