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Senior Design Director, Calvin Klein Accessories

Calvin Klein
New York, New York, United States of America
Closing date
7 Mar 2023

Job Details

POSITION SUMMARY: The Senior Design Director for Calvin Klein Accessories is primarily responsible for overseeing the in-house design of the seasonal collections for the Bags, Leather Goods, Belts and Soft Accessories collections.

  • Collaborates with the 'Accessories and Licensing lead' to provide overall creative direction and vision for new product design development focusing on brand business needs and future opportunities.
  • Collaborates with 'Accessories and Licensing lead' in translating seasonal message from Global Concept team to non-apparel division.
  • Participate in design leadership off-sites and workshops
  • Lead and develop the in-house Accessories Design teams, covering product for Calvin Klein NA, Calvin Klein Jeans and Calvin Klein Sport.
  • Leads the conceptual thematic concept boards and design concepts according to merchandise plans and schedules including: compiling material references and inspiration images, where applicable. Oversee the creation of all seasonal boards and presentations.
  • Partner with product development teams to maintain clear and concise communication to meet all product deadlines and keep programs on track.
  • Keep product development teams and merchants updated in all communications. Consult with product team prior to sensitive vendor communications if cost, lead-time or minimum implications exist.
  • Assign specific assignments to design staff and monitor accordingly for a cohesive presentation to Creative Leadership team.
  • Oversee revisions, correspondence and approvals. Maintain seasonal project communication consistent with brand standards.
  • Supervises research on design, fabric, and color trends for all accessory businesses
  • Build a strong relationship with merchant counterpart by developing strong understanding of business; industry trends and bestseller factors and specific product cost factors. Stay abreast of retail landscape for trend and product opportunities
  • Ensures alignment with global color and concept and as needed, other related businesses
  • Ensures timely development of line by adhering to time and action calendar
  • Leads presentation of line to senior management
  • Supervises and trains creative teams
  • Responsible for management of departmental budget


Experience: Minimum 8+ years of Accessories design experience, with 6+ years of experience managing a Design team

Education: Bachelor's Degree in Design or Art, preferably with concentration in Accessories design.

  • Excellent hand-sketching skills
  • Must be able to work in a fast paced, highly creative environment.
  • Possess high fashion aesthetics.
  • Must fully understand design needs for international markets in Europe & Asia, including Japan, and Far East.
  • Must operate effectively across cultural and time-zone barriers.
  • Flexibility to meeting strict deadlines.
  • Proficiency in Illustrator/Photoshop or similar programs strongly preferred
  • Must be proficient in Men's and Women's Bag and Small Leather Goods construction and knowledgeable about materials, skins, hardware and trim
  • Knowledge of forecasting and keeping current with trends globally
  • Strong leadership and communication skills
  • Excellent time management skills and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to travel as needed
  • Flexibility with working hours, including weekends & holidays as needed


Internal: Calvin Klein Global, Calvin Klein North America, Calvin Klein Sport, Global Design teams, Supply Chain and Product Development

External: Vendors, licensees, factories, and mills


Direct: Accessories Designers

Indirect: Freelancers, contractors

  • Sample budget
  • Payroll/overtime budget

DECISION MAKING: Primary responsibility for day-to-day direction of the design teams responsible for Accessories

RESOURCEFULNESS/CREATIVITY: This role must be highly creative in developing the vision for the team including coming up with new and innovative trends and concepts for the CK accessories business lines. Key decision-maker in determining creative direction of seasonal accessories collections

ENVIRONMENT: Highly creative, deadline- and calendar driven environment Highly collaborative, fluid, fast-paced, travel will be required.

Pay Range: $149,600 - $201,850
PVH currently provides base salary ranges for all positions-on job advertisements-in the United States based on local requirements. These ranges are based on what PVH reasonably believes that it will pay an associate for their base salary for said position at the time of the posting. Individual compensation will ultimately be determined based on a variety of relevant factors including but-not limited to qualifications, geographic location and other relevant skills. PVH is committed to providing a market-competitive total rewards package to eligible associates, which includes diverse and robust health and insurance benefits to meet the varied needs of our associates and an above-market 401(k) contribution to help our associates save for retirement. We also offer career growth opportunities, empowering our associates to design their future at PVH.

PVH Corp. or its subsidiary ("PVH") is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applicants for employment on the basis of their individual capabilities and qualifications, consistent with applicable law and without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, creed, national origin, citizenship status, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, military status or any other characteristic protected under federal, state or local law. In addition to complying with all applicable laws, PVH also has a strong corporate commitment to inclusion, diversity and to ensuring that all current and future PVH associates are compensated solely on job-related factors such as skill, ability, educational background, work quality, experience and potential. To achieve these goals, across the United States and its territories, PVH prohibits any PVH employee, agent or representative from requesting or otherwise considering any job applicant's current or prior wages, salary or other compensation information in connection with the hiring process. Accordingly, applicants are asked not to disclose this salary history information to PVH


For five decades, CALVIN KLEIN has been a cultural catalyst, creating a legacy of iconic imagery and provocative conversation while retaining its American DNA and youth-inspired designs. Our associates are a group of talented individuals with unique personalities and perspectives. At CALVIN KLEIN, we take risks, embrace differences and strive to make a positive impact on the world. Above all, we care passionately for the brand, our customer and each other. Founded in 1968 by Calvin Klein and his business partner Barry Schwartz, CALVIN KLEIN is one of the world’s largest and most successful designer fashion brands. We are driven by our associates, creating one of the most visionary workforces in fashion. We are proud of who we are, what we do, and the future we are creating. Global retail sales of CALVIN KLEIN products exceeded $8 billion in 2017, and CALVIN KLEIN branded products are distributed in 110+ countries. CALVIN KLEIN employs a worldwide network of over 10,000 associates and operates more than 2,000 free-standing stores globally. Calvin Klein, Inc. was acquired by PVH Corp. in 2003.

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