Design Director

New York City, New York (US)
14 Jan 2022
14 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Full Time


The Designer is responsible for working directly with the Senior Vice President of Design to develop collections that are grounded in modernity and sensibility.  This role is challenged to push creativity and boundaries in a way that supports the vision of the brand.  The Designer works closely in a tightly knit, collaborative environment of creatives that contribute to the overall collection, including the Creative Director, Styling Director and Art director.  This individual continually challenges the team around them to think in an unorthodox manner where pragmatism --- what makes sense--- leads the decisions and priorities over status quo or historical ways of doing things.  

Responsibilities: * Work directly with the SVP of Design to ideate new seasonal collections starting with initial concepts that are highly visionary but grounded. * Contribute to the creation and thought process behind the selection of materials, trims and color palette. * Responsible for working directly with textile mills, evaluating new fabric trends and working with SVP of Design to select the best materials to execute on the vision. * Partner cross functionally with planning, sales, marketing and finance to have a fully holistic understanding of the brand, the customer and the business needs. *Responsible for managing adherence to timelines and ensuring that production and tech design have all information required from design to execute their jobs. * Work on multiple seasons simultaneously whilst also reacting quickly to design opportunities that are outside of the fashion calendar. * Communicate regularly with in-house pattern makers, sewers and technical design team to ensure execution of vision from first drape to top of production sign off.  

Skill Set: * Excellent taste level * Experience with luxury design and execution

* Superior knowledge of tailoring and draping to allow for best communication with in-house pattern room *Understanding of materials and functionality

*A pragmatic, well-balanced style of communication that is direct, expressed with conviction and coupled with respect

*Ability to multi task

*Strength in articulation of vision and selling your ideas to your team members

*Excellent sketching skills - both flat and conceptual Education & Experience: *Degree in Fashion Design and/or equivalent work experience

*Minimum 5-8 years experience working for luxury or advanced designer brand

*Strong knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, Word and Excel.  RLM knowledge a plus.  

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