Senior Designer (Contemporary)

Recruiter
REVOLVE
Location
Los Angeles, California
Posted
04 Nov 2021
Closes
04 Dec 2021
Level
Manager
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Meet the Owned Brand division of REVOLVE:

REVOLVE is the next-generation fashion retailer for millennial and Generation Z consumers. As a trusted, premium lifestyle brand and a go-to source for discovery and inspiration, REVOLVE delivers an engaging customer experience from a vast yet curated offering of over 45,000 products. Founded in Los Angeles in 2003 by co-CEOs, Michael Mente and Mike Karanikolas, REVOLVE’s family of brands includes their luxury offering, FORWARD by Elyse Walker, and a portfolio of 24 owned brands such as Lovers + Friends, Tularosa, NBD and RAYE.

The Owned Brand division within REVOLVE is an industry-leading fashion design and production house based in Los Angeles. Leveraging the power of REVOLVE’s data driven merchandising, combined with raw creative talent results in an unparalleled ability to identify a specific market niches, developing brands that each have their own identity, designed with a distinct consumer interest and personality in mind.

At REVOLVE the most successful team members have the thirst and creativity to redefine fashion retail for the 21st century, making REVOLVE THE leading online retail destination targeted towards Millennial and Generation Z consumers seeking premium fashion.  With a team of 1,000 strong, we are a dynamic bunch that are motivated by getting the company to the next level.  It’s our goal to hire high-energy, diverse, bright, creative, and flexible individuals who thrive in a fast-paced work environment.  In return, we promise to keep REVOLVE a company where inspired people will always thrive.

Some of the sweetest perks we offer aren’t in a typical benefit package like hefty discount on items we carry – as in 50% or more off retail prices, free weekly lunches, and pretty rad company parties.

To take a behind the scenes look at the REVOLVE “corporate” lifestyle check out our Instagram @REVOLVEcareers or #lifeatrevolve.

Are you ready to set the standard for Premium apparel?

Main purpose of the Senior Designer (Contemporary) role:
This is full-time role for an experienced, talented Senior Designer for our Contemporary segment who is driven by on-trend design and concept. This position will report to the Design Director to lead the design for multiple labels. This Designer will be responsible for the research, development, sketching, and development of tech packs to execute on-trend styles on a seasonal basis.  The person in this role will work closely with vendors and cross-functional teams in developing product that caters to the Revolve customer. He or she will be an out of the box thinker and leader who exudes passion and knowledge, while also effectively collaborate with the existing team, outside vendors, and across all levels of the organization.

*Candidates must submit a portfolio or work samples to be considered.  A design assessment may be assigned. 

Major Responsibilities:
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Lead on the overall sketch creation
  • Have in-depth knowledge of and experience with aspirational designer level trend, fabrics, fit and construction
  • Have experience with and have an innate knowledge of Conceptualized Design and “Contemporary” brand aesthetics and vision
  • Develop technical flats and design sheets for each collection, utilizing the knowledge of brand vision
  • Oversee the concept development through studying sales data and trend research
  • Strong ability to create and execute on trend embellishment and embroidery layouts
  • Collaborate with multiple brands to ensure a cohesive concept for each season
  • Conceptualize and create compelling product for all monthly deliveries
  • Engage in all aspects of design process from development through production (including but not limited to sketching, swatch development, quality development, and fittings)
  • Collaborate with the Design Director and cross-functional team members to build brand specific product that supports Revolve’s financial and merchandising strategies
  • Attend fittings and provide effective feedback which includes potentially changing sketches as necessary
  • Identify key seasonal “Contemporary” trends and drive all corresponding development with overseas vendors
  • Engage with the Tech Design and Production team to ensure fit intent and consistency
  • Review development samples for approval
  • Ensure all calendar deadlines and productivity targets are being met
  • Facilitate deep integration to ensure alignment with the Buying team in order to craft a unique product mix
  • Research and analyze industry trends, shapes, market competition for materials, colors, etc.
  • Cultivate, interview, train and manage junior members which includes providing strategic and aesthetic guidance
  • Travel overseas as needed
  • Complete ad-hoc tasks and assignments as directed by management

Competencies: 
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Prior experience in effectively leading and managing others
  • Excellent ability to understand all stages of the design development process
  • Advanced knowledge of garment development process, fabrics, patterns and construction
  • Advanced knowledge of target specs and POMs
  • Advanced sketching and CAD ability
  • Strong creative ability that will translate forecast trends in relation to brand’s customer
  • Experience working closely with various cross-functional departments
  • Strong ability to lead, manage and train multiple levels of designers and multiple brands
  • Advanced communication skills
  • Advanced analytical and decision making skills
  • Proactive, self-motivated, advanced knowledge of how to delegate and still meet  deadlines with "get it done" attitude
  • Must have contemporary experience and have worked in a fast pace environment
  • Must be able to effectively communicate ideas and have a “big picture” understanding
  • Ability to work under pressure in an environment of constant shifting priorities and change
  • Ability to manage workload and people effectively
  • Must have a high sense of urgency, punctuality and timeliness
  • Must have a flexible personality willing to take direction and change as business needs change/grow
  • Must be able to thrive in a fast paced environment and short lead calendar (5 months)
  • Must be able and willing to lift and carry up to 10 lbs., perform frequent repetitive finger, hand and wrist motions, as well as bending, stooping, reaching, squatting, kneeling, pushing, and pulling
  • Must be able to sit for extended periods of time

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Degree in Apparel Manufacturing, Product Development or Apparel Design related field
  • 8-10+ years work experience in Design
  • In depth knowledge of textiles, materials, construction and fit
  • Computer sketching using CAD skills including Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, hand sketching, flat sketching
  • Experience developing tech packs 
  • Strong hand illustration skills
  • Advanced computer skills including experience using Microsoft suite, Adobe suite and Google suit applications

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience at luxury or contemporary brand
  • Experience leading a team and/or multiple categories

*Candidates must submit a portfolio or work samples to be considered.  A design assessment may be assigned. 

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