Lead Accessories Designer

Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh (GB)
25 May 2022
02 Jun 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

About Us:

Proudly Scottish at heart, but with a keen international outlook, Strathberry creates unique luxury pieces, handcrafted in Spain using only the very finest quality leathers and finishes. Known for its instantly recognisable bar closure and minimalist design aesthetic, Strathberry’s elegant lines and exceptional attention to detail have led to a global following.

Strathberry is especially grateful for its strong celebrity support, with HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, HRH The Duchess of Sussex, Lady Gaga, Katie Holmes, and Alessandra Ambrosio amongst many to carry the brand. The brand is stocked in over 33 retailers worldwide, with flagship stores in London and Edinburgh. With new investment in place to accelerate the next phase of expansion, there has never been a better time to join this dynamic business.

About the role:

We are looking for a passionate, organised and experienced handbag designer to lead the accessories team. You will need to be up to date on the latest trends and have a great eye for detail which takes Strathberry designs to the next level. You need to be a flexible team player with strong communication skills. The role will be based within our beautiful town house based in the heart of Edinburgh. 

NOTE: To apply please submit your CV accompanied by either a short portfolio (max 10 pages) or containing a link to an online portfolio. Application deadline is 5pm on 2nd June.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Sharing ideas with the team and steering design 
  • Recognising gaps in the market and creating designs to fill these gaps
  • Giving design presentations and creating competitor reports to advise on future trends and key product direction
  • Developing sketches and specifying these in line with a set design brief to create a capsule collection from start to finish.
  • Collecting inspiration for mood boards and contributing ideas.
  • Working with the team towards researching inspiration that is in line with the brand.
  • Producing boards for the season and ensuring they are up to date prior to sign off
  • Liaising with factories on all developments.
  • Researching market trends
  • Sending sample comments including making any amendments if needed to improve the fit, print or look of the bags
  • Creating tech packs on Adobe Illustrator to send to factories.
  • Creating artwork for prints and other techniques used within the seasonal range on Adobe Illustrator 
  • Organising and expediting timely arrival of prototypes and photo samples
  • Working with colleagues to create the product look book


  • 5+ years of working experience in Women's Accessories
  • Bachelor's degree in Fashion
  • Ability to sketch both technical drawings and freeform renderings
  • Knowledge of suitable supply base for Bags and SLGs
  • Highly skilled in Illustrator and Photoshop (3D design is a plus)
  • Strong technical knowledge of construction and excellent material and hardware knowledge
  • Able to work to a design brief with global needs and price point targets
  • Able to write full tech packs to communicate with sourcing offices
  • Able to collection plan and build at the highest level, maintaining a balance of commercial and creative
  • Confident in presenting to upper management
  • Able to communicate with collaboration partners and guide their design choices
  • A positive, can do attitude

Come work with us and enjoy the following benefits:

  • 29 days annual leave, plus 3 fixed bank holidays
  • Never work on your birthday! Additional day holiday on your birthday
  • Company bonus scheme
  • Long service recognition
  • Employer pension scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Staff allocation of Strathberry products
  • Weekly fruit platters and monthly treats in the office

NOTE: To apply please submit your CV accompanied by either a short portfolio (max 10 pages) or containing a link to an online portfolio. Application deadline is 5pm on 2nd June.