Handbag Designer

13 Jan 2021
13 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

This is a very exciting opportunity at the core of our design team. The Handbag Designer will have a very important impact on the collections that are launched and produced, providing a great sense of ownership and achievement.  It will also allow the Designer to learn about the different aspects of the company and be part of a very committed and enthusiastic multicultural team.


- Reports to the Creative Directors of Manu Atelier 

- Manages the handbag design and product development of 4 seasonal collections a year, in addition to any special projects from initial concept, sourcing and development stage, through to production sign-off (leather goods and custom hardware development)

-  Sets out the critical path for each collection/project and ensures the timeline is followed closely to deliver on time

-  Researches new trends and materials and prepares brainstorming sessions with the Creative Directors

-  Creates collection plans and overviews, sketches, CAD renderings and technical specifications

- Creating and maintaining cads/tech packs 

-  Assesses all development prototypes and final samples, and resolves any product development or quality issues 

-  Works closely with our Production team and suppliers in Istanbul

-  Provides costing calculation for each new product

-  Orders raw materials for collection samples

-  Works with the Management team to understand customer buying trends

- Works with the Marketing and Graphic Design teams to provide input on the seasonal line-sheets to present to buyers

-  Works with the Production Manager and Coordinator to set up new products and raw materials in Zedonk

-  Works with the Customer Service team to answer any queries relating to design and quality

- Participates in the weekly meeting to provide updates on collection developments and share learnings across areas 

Skills & Experience

-  Bachelor Degree in Fashion or Design Arts

-  A proven track record of 4+ years of design and development success across handbags and small leather goods

-  Trend catcher, materials and details researcher

-  The highest level of attention to detail

-  Great sense of ownership

-  A team player with a go-getter attitude

-  Excellent working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign)

-  Has a solid design opinion and can communicate this through sketches and ideas.

-  Must be an independent self motivated person who is confident to bring forward ideas.

-  Good work ethic and understanding of delivering on dates subject to the critical path for the season. 

-  Experience presenting to senior members of staff.

-  Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English

-  Positive attitude and enthusiasm