Associate Designer, Handbags

Tory Burch
New York, New York, United States
10 Sep 2021
11 Oct 2021

The Associate Designer, Handbags is responsible for collaborating with the Senior Designer and peers in the creative process, development, and maintenance of handbag designs from concept through production. The ideal candidate must be passionate about the product and have an elevated aesthetic to match the Tory Burch brand.


  • Help to create seasonal design boards and keep them up to date
  • Update sketches and boards as the development progresses
  • Collect, track and ensure all information is compiled and easily accessible related to each style
  • Sketch real size sketches and details construction by using illustrator for tech packs
  • Color cads using Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Assist in showroom samples alterations
  • Take notes on updates to design/sketch during meetings
  • Organize and prepare samples and protos for review

  • 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.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Accessories Design or related area and/or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum of 2 years handbag design experience working for a luxury retailer
  • Must provide digital portfolio of work
  • High proficiency in Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop and Microsoft office
  • Strong hand and Illustrator sketching & specing experience
  • Must be able to build all tech packs and pass specs in a detailed, organized and clear manner for factory proto sample making
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Willingness to learn and take on new challenges
  • Previous experience in PLM is a plus

  • Positive attitude, passion, and integrity
  • Action oriented and strong work ethic
  • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent illustration skills
  • Superior multi-tasking skills
  • Understanding of material viability and construction
  • Paying attention to detail while working in a fast-paced environment
  • Design ability to imbibe and promote the Tory Burch brand aesthetic
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Collaboration and team-spirited approach
  • Personal commitment to continuous self-improvement

  • 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 .

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