Senior Designer, Handbags

Tory Burch
New York, New York, United States
10 Sep 2021
14 Nov 2021

The Senior Designer, Handbags will work with the Senior Director to initiate concepts each season that are fashion driven and reflective of the creative vision and Tory Burch aesthetic. The Senior Designer will be a part of a dynamic, creative environment where they will collaborate with talented designers and cross-functional partners in the business and must be organized, detail oriented, proactive and adaptable to shifting priorities.


  • Create sketches and product prototypes throughout the conceptual design process.
  • Partner with the Senior Director and design team to develop and refine seasonal concept, materials, hardware, and color palette for handbag collections.
  • Responsible for timeline adherence; ensure all design cards are completed accurately and delivered to Product Development on time; ensuring all prototypes are available for product presentation and finalization.
  • Uphold design integrity with high quality execution, and timeliness throughout the entire development process from concept through engineering and commercialization.
  • Partner cross-functionally with Merchandising and Product Development on a regular basis.
  • Participate in meetings with cross-functional category partners.
  • Successful working on multiple seasons at one time.
  • Adhere to seasonal and time and action calendar ensuring that the category meets deadlines.
  • Work closely with team members and junior designers to provide direction, guidance and to help build design skills.

  • 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.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Accessories Design, or related area
  • Minimum 5 years of handbag design experience
  • Must provide digital portfolio of work
  • Strong working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Ability to sketch both technical drawings and freeform renderings
  • Experience developing product directly with factories with cross functional teams understanding of development from concept through engineering
  • Understanding of materials, hardware, leather, and handbag construction required
  • Must be able to build all tech packs and pass specs in a detailed, organized and clear manner for factory proto sample making

  • Positive attitude, passion, and integrity
  • Action oriented and strong work ethic
  • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent illustration skills
  • Superior multi-tasking skills
  • 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
  • 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 esence 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

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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