Accessories Design Developer

Recruiter
A-Cold-Wall
Location
London (Greater) (GB)
Posted
29 Jun 2022
Closes
29 Jul 2022
Contract Type
Contract
Hours
Full Time

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Accessories Designer Developer to join the A-COLD-WALL* team in London on a fixed-term contract.

A-COLD-WALL* is a luxury menswear brand that takes an ergonomic approach to design, combining social consciousness with material innovation in order to optimise human performance. We pride ourselves in being highly-regarded amongst the most progressive, avant-garde brands within the fashion and design industries despite only just turning five years old.

We are seeking a seasoned candidate with a solid track record of design and development experience. The ideal candidate will have experience across a wide range of soft accessories categories including leather and non leather bags and small goods, knitted and woven accessories and headwear.

The successful candidate will be expected to deliver the highest calibre of work, supporting with the design of the seasonal soft accessories collection and taking responsibility for developing all styles to SMS. This will require an exceptional skill set as well as the passion and drive to bring a diverse range of products to market on time and on budget.

What your day to day will look like

  • To work alongside with the RTW design team on seasonal concepts and apply these to the design of the full accessories collection, ensuring the correct balance of creativity and commerciality is met to drive growth
  • Work closely with the commercial teams to ensure the correct product mix across the range, looking at categories, styles and pricing
  • Take responsibility for the development of accessories collection from tech pack through to SMS. Working with factory partners to prototype, build and commercialize products ensuring cost targets are met and margin expectation delivered.
  • Travel to tradeshows, factories and suppliers to investigate new material opportunities. Find ways to innovate in materials, process and highest level executions and become the materials & manufacturing expert for accessories
  • Reporting to the Head of Product

Main scope of role may include

  • Develop seasonal concepts based on accessories design consultants briefing, working closely with the RTW design team to define design direction, concept and colour
  • Research new trends and conduct market analysis
  • Work closely with the RTW developers and production team to source and select materials and trims, ensuring materials are sourced in accordance with target costs
  • Design and develop new hardware/trims as required
  • Creation of product tech packs, maintaining them through the season
  • Ownership of the seasonal development critical path ensuring timely delivery of all assets
  • Responsible for all communications with factory partners from product launch to SMS delivery, supporting suppliers on all design and technical questions
  • Responsible for all stages of proto sampling with factory partners, including product reviews, design/tech pack updates and communication of changes to suppliers

What you need to succeed

  • A proven track record of 8+ years of design and development success across a complete range of soft accessories categories (i.e. leather and non leather bags and small goods, knitted and woven scarves, headwear, gloves)
  • Ability to see both creative and commercial requirements to ensure products drive towards solutions that balance
  • Experience generating project timelines, creating detailed factory tech packs, to ensure delivery, cost, innovation & quality targets are met
  • Ability to communicate with detail internally and with manufacturers to ensure expectations, requirements and timelines are clearly understood
  • Experience working with factories in Italy, Portugal and FE
  • A detailed understanding of soft goods including patterns, construction, fit & size grading, and relevant materials, including textiles, leather, as well as production processes
  • Proven ability to work under pressure, to handle multiple projects and exhibit a high degree of flexibility and willingness to adapt
  • Experience traveling overseas and working with manufacturing partners
  • Strong organizational skills and exceptional attention to detail
  • Proven ability to create strong factory and supplier relationships
  • Fully literate in Zedonk, Excel, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop

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