Visual Merchandising Manager

New York, New York, United States
09 Aug 2022
13 Sep 2022
Full Time
Maison Margiela is a Paris-based fashion house founded in 1988 by Belgian designer Martin Margiela. Celebrating unconventional aesthetics and embracing the philosophy that fashion is an art of expression rather than a cult of personality, Maison Margiela offers haute couture, ready-to-wear for women and men, contemporary line MM6, footwear, interior design, and accessories, including leather goods, fine jewelry and fragrance.

John Galliano was named Creative Director of the house in 2014, bringing his sense of spectacle and creative mastery to the unique ethos of Maison Margiela. Whilst developing his own vision for the house, John Galliano has entirely respected the Martin Margiela state of mind, creating a fascinating organic process.

In 2002, the French house became part of OTB. Along with sister brands of the group, Maison Margiela continues pushing the boundaries of modern fashion while preserving its distinctive identity and heritage.

We are looking for someone who is ready to make a difference, in an intercultural environment made of love and passion, talents, and out-of-the-box thinkers. Maison Margiela is looking for a Visual Merchandising Manager to join our team!

Job Responsibilities Include, But Are Not Limited To:

In-Store, Shop-in-Shop
  • Implementation of the Margiela USA Visual Guidelines in the following areas
  • Partnership & collaboration with the Marketing Department as needed
  • HQ In-store POP Directives, Local Adaptations
  • HQ Brand Campaign, Creative, and Key Seasonal Concept Materials
  • Partnership with Local Professional Vendors: In-store POP & Communication Production
  • Ensure brand image is represented and enhanced at all times within the Department Store Shop-in-Shops
  • Responsible for partnering with Head Office and HQ to understand all In-store POP Directives and requirements as well as collaborating on any adaptations that will further enhance the in-store environment.

Visual Merchandising & Styling
  • Monthly Installations
  • Review and utilize all tools, partnering with the Manager to set priorities and expectations for all delivery installations.
  • Partnering with the Manager to plan and execute all floor moves providing team needs for timely execution.
  • Debrief and complete installation recaps with Manager, including but not limited to floor pictures and installation feedback.
  • Weekly and Bi-weekly Responsibilities
  • Responsible for continuous maintenance and refreshing of merchandise displays and mannequin styling based on the needs of the business and company directives.
  • Review weekly communications with Manager to execute directives in accordance with brand guidelines

Creativity & Inspiration
  • Responsible for staying up to date on the local market, doing competitor and inspirational store visits.
  • Responsible for coming up with creative ideas, solutions, visual techniques and any visual merchandising opportunities
  • Monitor competitors visual merchandising techniques and incorporate effective techniques in business Brand Protection
  • Consistently represent and understand the Margiela USA Brand Values and communicate them visually through construction materials, composition and overall aesthetic decisions. Be aware of our competitors and their creative approach.

Resource Material Development & Management
  • Collect all Measurements & Photos of all In-store & Shop-in-Shop Focal Areas
  • Create and Manage an Organized History of all Creative Directives, Final Planned Actions and Executions
  • Collaborate with all necessary departments regarding all in-store & shop-in-shop POP budget spending

Relationship Management
  • Maintain and communicate a thorough understanding of all relevant company, store, brand and creative information.
  • Understand, abide by and communicate all Margiela USA Policies and Procedures.
  • Weekly touch base with Manager to discuss all current projects, opportunities and solutions.
  • Reach out to HQ, Head Office, and Store as needed to support projects.
  • Create detailed proposals for all in-store and special projects that will be shared with HQ, USA CEO and Directors in order to brief and collaborate on agreed final actions.
  • Monthly touch base with wholesale RMM to address visual needs and follow up on any outstanding issues

Preferred Skills
  • 5-7 years of creative experience: retail merchandising, styling and/or art background
  • Clear understanding of composition, space, color, materials, and lighting
  • Willingness to travel
  • Proficiency with Microsoft (Word & Excel), Mac (keynote, Photoshop, iphoto, icalendar), Adobe Photoshop Preferred
  • Strong communication and networking skills, with ability to motivate, persuade, and instill enthusiasm
  • Understanding, communicating and adapting to a specific group of visual aesthetics that provide an overall feeling of a brand or experience
  • Passion for the brand and ability to serve as a brand ambassador
  • Ability to communicate visual concepts to kinesthetic & audio learners

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