Director, Sample Room

Tory Burch
New York, New York, United States
30 Dec 2021
09 Apr 2022



Seeking a highly experienced Sample Room Director with strong leadership skills to oversee the RTW Pattern Room. The qualified candidate will serve as a liaison between the atelier (including Patternmakers, Sewers, Fabric Management, Cutters) and Head Designers ensuring timely and efficient processes and perfectly executed products and patterns.

  • Fully accountable that all samples meet quality specifications and deadlines for meetings, shows, and Design deliverables
  • Partner on a daily basis with SC and Design teams to manage capacity and workflow
  • Ensure all products meet Tory Burch execution levels and all patterns to local and overseas suppliers are accurate and production-ready

Oversee and manage Sample Room support team throughout the cycle that begins with the creation of initial development and muslins the first Proto through fit samples and final commercial sample for handoff to factory for Pre-production approval
  • Responsible for all evolving sample needs and evaluating workload/staffing level of the Sample Makers and necessary support staff on a weekly, monthly annual basis
  • Coordinate with Pattern Makers, Technical Design and Product Development in order to ensure samples are ready for scheduled fittings with Designers and all Design needs for meetings as well as external, celebrity, Tory personal and PR events
  • Available for seasonal evening and weekend hours as needed and possible travel 2x / year for celebrity or VIP fittings

Manage Sample Room Process Flow
  • Manage and effectively communicate with direct reports and across teams so there is clarity with regards to directives and daily scheduling and deadlines
  • Ensure teams are following established product specifications standards (finishing and construction)

  • Minimum of 10 years progressive experience working in a luxury Sample Room leadership role
  • Pattern making experience
  • Experience with Optitex and Clo (or Gerber or Lectra as back up)
  • Expert knowledge of physical draping as well as pattern to production experience
  • Must be able to interpret design intent and create alternative solutions
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-end Sample Room and in partnering with cross-functional teams to resolve problems with a demonstrated ability to problem solve, commercialize and execute
  • Dedicated team player with an understanding of managing both direct reports and communicating effectively across an organization
  • Ability to manage under pressure with tight and shifting deadlines and an understanding of calendars and "drop dead" dates
  • Comfortable multi-tasking through overlapping seasonal deadlines at every point in development, fitting and commercialization

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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