Sr. Design Director, Handbags

Tory Burch
New York, New York, United States
18 Jun 2021
31 Aug 2021

The Sr. Design Director, Handbags, oversees all design activities for one third of the Mainline Handbags sku's and is responsible for creative vision, design process, product elevation, and collaboration across multiple teams in the US and overseas. This candidate must develop concepts that are fashion driven and reflective of the creative vision and Tory Burch aesthetic. The candidate must be organized & detail oriented, proactive and adaptable to shifting priorities. The Sr. Design Director will be a part of a dynamic, creative environment where they will collaborate with talented designers and cross-functional partners in the business.



  • Serve as the Design lead for one third of the mainline Handbags Design sku's
  • Identify emerging trends; recommend those that are appropriate for Tory Burch through seasonal research and travel for competitive shopping and exploration of ideas with the company's overseas manufacturing network
  • Interpret trends in a brand-appropriate execution.
  • Oversee seasonal conceptualization and creation of design concepts for specific handbag groups within Tory Burch Mainline collection
  • Continue to elevate, refine and expand the assortments, while simultaneously maintaining consistent Tory Burch aesthetic
  • Responsible for delivering product that meets both sales volume and gross margin goals.

  • Partner with Handbag merchants and designers to ensure alignment of product across categories
  • Continue to drive product elevation across the collection
  • Develop strong relationships with Merchandising, Sourcing and Product Development to ensure that business needs are understood and addressed in advance of the seasonal design process and that calendar handoffs are accomplished on time.
  • Ensure handbag lines for all sales channels and geographies are developed according to the development calendar and the parameters of the brand platform as well as the merchandising category needs and attributes.
  • Ensure cross product alignment via actively communicating and collaborating with all other design teams

The Calendar

  • Key partner to the Calendar Operations team to execute Design deliverables throughout the product lifecycle calendar and ensure that the process stays on time and milestone deadlines are met.
  • Lead and attend key meetings with Merchants, Product Development, Planning, and Sourcing and travel as outlined in the development process calendar.

Team Leadership
  • Promotes an environment that fosters the respect for the ideas of others and supports ongoing collaboration to execute business strategies; measures own success by the team's success.
  • Leads by example and operates effectively in the face of continuous pressure imposed by the work environment.
  • Provide leadership within the Design team by directing, focusing, and motivating team members to keep their efforts on track.
  • Monitor development and performance of direct report through regular meetings to discuss performance and development compared to goals
  • Continuously looks to innovate and improve our business and business processes.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Design or related field
  • Minimum 13 years of experience designing handbags within a luxury retailer
  • Ability to provide portfolio of past work is required
  • Ability to hand sketch both technical drawings and freeform renderings
  • Experience developing product directly with factories; understanding of development from concept through engineering
  • Understanding of materials, hardware, leather, and handbag construction required
  • Strong working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Global viewpoint, cultural sensitivity, and adaptability a must.
  • Strong communication and leadership skills; ability to form partnerships to collaborate, influence and drive change.
  • Ability to travel internationally


  • Adaptable - Change before you have to
    • Changes course easily - Knows when to be patient and when to push - Works well in the gray - Shows grace under pressure - Owns mistakes and learns from them - Balances multiple priorities
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit - Own it
    • Takes initiative, doesn't wait for direction - Builds for the future - Takes personal ownership and accountability - Is resourceful in getting things done
  • Collaborative - No "I" in Tory
    • Is self-aware and open-minded - Integrates the perspectives of others - Is direct but respectful - Communicates cross functionally - Knows when to get people involved and when to make a decision - Takes an inclusive approach
  • Client & Brand Focus - Put yourself in Tory's shoes
    • Passionate about the brand and the work - Creates a transformational client experience - Makes decisions in the best interest of the company and our customers - Focuses on internal and external customers
  • Live the Values - Being "Buddy"
    • Keeps the "Buddy Values" alive (Kindness, humility, warmth, honesty, loyalty, compassion, integrity, and passion) - It's not just what you do, but how you do it - Contributes to a positive and productive environment
  • Functional Expertise - Know Your Stuff
    • Has the skills necessary to perform the job - Keeps current on trends, skills, and practices - Puts learning into practice
  • FOR PEOPLE MANAGERS: Team Builder - It's all about "We"
    • Sets team goals and roles - Develops, motivates and empowers - Delivers constructive and encouraging feedback - Holds people accountable for results - Recognizes high performance
  • FOR PEOPLE MANAGERS: Change Leader - Change is the essence of life
    • Challenges the current point of view - Puts changes in context for the team - Executes changes that impact the business - Is proactive and positive - Listens to and keeps the team up to speed

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Tory Burch LLC is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to an individual's age, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy) or sexual orientation, gender expression, military status, marital status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, disability or membership in any other protected class under applicable law. Likewise, we will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring, Ordinance No. 184652. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records for employment.

Disability Accommodation

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