Associate Designer, Small Leather Goods

Tory Burch
New York, New York, United States
18 Aug 2021
03 Mar 2022

The Associate Designer, Small Leather Goods (SLG's) will be responsible for working on multiple categories, including, mini bags, belts, money and tech, pieces hats etc., by collaborating with design team and Senior Design Director in the creative process, development and through production. The ideal candidate must have previous experience in handbag design, experience in belts and hat design is a plus.


  • Work with the design team in creating elevated products for small leather goods categories
  • Assist with the creation of seasonal design boards and keeping them updated
  • Sketch both by hand and by adobe illustrator, create technical packages
  • Collect, track and ensure all information is compiled and easily accessible
  • Create thorough tech packs with sketches, complete construction details, and provide mock-ups if needed
  • Create and execute color cads using Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Prep samples and proto for review
  • Compile trend research and suggest designs in line with trends and Tory Burch brand

  • Bring creative ideas to the table and properly translate them into an aesthetic that clearly reflects and elevates the Tory Burch brand.
  • Demonstrate resourcefulness and apply creative thinking to issues in order to pro-actively present solutions
  • Balance creative thinking with commercial viability while always evolving the product
  • Maintain excellent partnerships and clear communication with internal cross-functional and external teams
  • Adhere to seasonal and time and action calendars, ensuring that category meets deadlines
  • Ability to work on multiple seasons at one time
  • Able to take direction from Design team and work quickly, efficiently and thoughtfully.

  • 2+ years of experience in handbag industry.
  • Bachelor's degree in fashion design or equivalent work experience
  • High proficiency in Adobe illustrator and photoshop
  • Strong illustrator skills, sketching, cading and spec'ing experience
  • Must be able to build detailed and organized technical package
  • Passionate about design and willing to learn and take on new challenges
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills


Please note any skills/qualities you would want someone to have in this role in addition to our core skills:
  • 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

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

Tory Burch is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job or to perform your job. Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process or work procedures, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment. If you require assistance or an accommodation with the hiring process, please contact .

NYC COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Tory Burch requires new hires employed in New York City to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 per the order of the Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene to Require COVID19 Vaccination in the Workplace. Tory Burch provides reasonable accommodations consistent with legal requirements (e.g., for medical or religious reasons).

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