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Designer-Women’s Knits (Cut & Sewn)

Region: Northeast | State: New York

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Cut and Sew Knits Designer will work closely with the Design Director to develop initial concepts and maintain inspirational and working design boards with a balanced assortment for cut and sew knit categories.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Trend identification/Research:

  • Consistently shop and research marketplace, including competitors for inspirations and opportunities in product, fabric, wash, color, and trims; identify and present trend direction.
  • Create and present design boards for each season, including mockups, reference garments, fabrics, and trims; pull research and trim options for design selection.
  • Work with Design Director to create concepts, select color stories, develop fabrics, prints, trims, and graphics.
  • Present designs and visual boards (with CADS, illustrations, fabrications, and garments samples) to cross-functional partners and design leaders.

Design/Business Strategy:

  • Oversee the day-to-day design for Cut and Sew categories, managing the design process from concept to completion while partnering with the Director to ensure alignment on business strategies, priorities, and trend direction.
  • Actively participates in the conceptual development of product lines (i.e., sells ideas/concepts and convinces others to adopt a course of action).
  • Plan the line according to sales needs, cost parameters, and emerging trends while maintaining customer appeal.
  • Showcase silhouette, fabric, print, pattern, and color range; work with Head Designers on possible color palettes for specific products.
  • Partner with merchandising to assort line and develop product appropriate for business needs.
  • Review weekly business and selling reports to improve the relevance of products in the pipeline.
  • Design and sketch seasonal collections, including tops, bottoms, skirts, shorts, jackets, and dresses.

Production:

  • Works closely with production partner to ensure design packages are complete and accurate with detailed garment views and flat “call-out” sketches to describe garment construction for factory technical packages.
  • Sketch modifications/ updates after design review in fittings to be sent with fit comments back to factories.
  • Work with cross-functional partners (Merchandising, Production, and Tech) to ensure product integrity from sketch, protos, and assortment samples to bulk.
    • Work with the Design Development team to gather the material needed for development.
    • Request fabrics for protos and samples
    • Request lab dips and strike-offs through bulk production.
    • Execute print and pattern with CAD teams.
    • Attend fittings with the tech team.

BACKGROUND PROFILE

Experience Requirements:

  • College degree in Fashion Design or a related field.
  • 7+ years design experience, experience with knit fabrication strongly preferred, but not required.
  • 5+ years Cut & Sew Design experience with a range of different types from active to novelty fashion knits, including graphic tee shirts.
  • Passion for tee shirts and tanks, hoodies and sweatshirts, and an eye for new and now fashion silhouettes.
  • Prolific in fashion shape and silhouette ideation with the skill to identify the in-the-moment details and trends specific to this category.
  • Ability to identify key trends and determine how they appropriately relate to the brand consumer.
  • Advanced contemporary aesthetic; strong knowledge of fit, fabric, construction details, pattern, and color; strong background is assorting tasteful color and pattern stories.
  • Able to design key items, modern and feminine fashion; have a broad hand to cover each of these aspects confidently.
  • Must have experience and success partnering with cross-functional teams including Merchants, Tech Design & Production.
    • Able to influence merchant partners in trends and big ideas they believe in.
    • Organized, articulate, and clear in decision-making when working with Tech Design & Production partners.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; able to present focused visual presentations and to speak to designs with clarity.
  • Strong problem-solving skills along with the ability to multitask and prioritize.
  • Ability to manage and help develop skills of direct reports; previous experience in managing assistants/support teams.

Technical Requirements

  • Strong design and drawing skills with the ability to communicate ideas through hand sketches.
  • Proficient sketching in Illustrator and working in Photoshop and InDesign.
  • Experience in a PLM/PDM system.
  • Max. file size: 500 MB.

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