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Product Development and Design

Employer
Muzungu Sisters
Location
Notting Hill
Closing date
20 Feb 2023

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Job Details

Muzungu Sisters is an artisan-produced ethical fashion brand looking for a dynamic, precise, creative and professional womenswear designer and product developer to join the team.

 

This candidate will directly report to the founders and creative directors, and work closely with the Production Manager and other members of the team.

 

You will:

- Work closely with the founders and creative directors and sign off the seasonal calendar according to the international market framework
- Respect all deadlines and be responsible for production deadlines, guaranteeing an exceptional quality of work
- You will conceive, refine, and execute innovative products together with the co-founders 
- You will create mood boards and gather inspiration following the creative directors' guidelines
- You will ensure the delivery of commercially viable, high quality products and collections in line with budgets and market opportunities
- You will contribute to commercial decision-making relating to cost and retail pricing
- You will actively research and identify new product opportunities to support the growth and expansion of the business
- You will be required to support the brand creatively, ensuring that the company's creative vision is clearly communicated to and executed by the other teams (communication and sales) in the products being delivered at the standards required
- You will liaise with suppliers and factories 
- You will manage sample making to a defined schedule with the ability to trouble-shoot, identify and resolve any potential fit, function or costing issue
- You will oversee the process and progress of all new product lines
- You may also design and be responsible for some VIP and bespoke clients' projects. 

 

The right candidate: 

-You must have experience in a similar role 
- You must have an exceptional understanding of production cycles, process, and critical path
- You will have a flexible approach to the role and to the company
- You will be organised and possess clear communication skills 
- You must be able to source sustainable fabrics, trims, components, and the knowledge of how to source factories suitable for the business
- You must have excellent knowledge of costing and pricing structures
- You will be a team builder and you will encourage a collaborative and creative environment

Company

Muzungu Sisters is Dana Alikhani and Tatiana Casiraghi, friends since 2002 and business partners since 2011. 

Muzungu Sisters strives to uphold cultural respect and social responsibility, abiding by the principle of leaving behind no 'human footprint'. All of the goods featured on Muzungu Sisters are produced under ethical working conditions. 'We guarantee responsible sourcing practices and do our utmost to ensure that all our suppliers are treated in accordance with internationally recognised standards of human rights'.

Our producers are varied: some are individuals who are taught their craft as a means of empowerment or income; other represent entire families of artisans who have inherited their skills from previous generations. 'In any case, many of our items represent the sole means of revenue for the artisans and others in their communities.' By exposing their products to an international audience and new markets, we are able to guarantee that the artisans sustain their personal and communal livelihoods in a manner that respects their own cultural practices. While all our producers may not have fair-trade certification, our close ties with the craftsmen allow us to ensure that fair labour practices are sustained throughout the supply chain. All of the artisans we work with are directly paid a living wage for the goods they produce for us.

 

OUR BELIEFS 

Muzungu Sisters pieces are timeless heirlooms that are designed to be kept for generations. We have held this conviction since day one, and we have never forgotten it. We have traveled across the world to find the most unusual, beautiful, sustainable, fabrics; the best embroiderers, weavers, and ateliers. Our items never go out of style, and are designed to be worn year after year. 

 

OUR PROCESS

Muzungu Sisters only uses natural, sustainable, biodegradable materials that leave minimal trace on our environment. Just as our pieces are designed to be kept for years to come, we believe in a conscious, conservative approach to consumption. 

Muzungu Sisters pieces are ethically handmade, handwoven and hand-embroidered only in small ateliers, fully certified ethical production facilities exceeding ILO (International Labour Organisation) standards, or cottage industries of women working from home to sustain their livelihoods while looking after their families. 

Muzungu Sisters continues to value and champion hand-embroidery, which is sadly a dying art due to the increase in popularity of machine-embroidery.

Find Us
Website
Telephone
+44 02031767990
Location
118 Westbourne Studios
242 Acklam Road
London
Greater London
W105JJ
United Kingdom
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