Technical Design Assistant, Handbags

New York, New York, United States
Closing date
28 Oct 2023

Job Details

Coach is a global fashion house founded in New York in 1941. Inspired by the vision of Creative Director Stuart Vevers and the inclusive and courageous spirit of our hometown, we make beautiful things, crafted to last-for you to be yourself in.

Coach is part of the Tapestry portfolio - a global house of brands committed to stretching what's possible.

A member of the Tapestry family, we are part of a global house of brands that has unwavering optimism and is committed to being innovative and wholly inclusive. Visit Our People page to learn more about Tapestry's commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity.

Technical Design Assistant, Handbags

  • Key communicator of technical information to achieve design intent.
  • Maintain all elements of a Design Card through development process and commercialization including detailed sketches of all views, dimensions, proportions, materials placement, hardware and thread lists. Maintain clarity of information througought the process.
  • Review samples for corrections including aesthetics, dimensions, hand feel, functionality and workmanship.
  • Create full scale technical sketches and specs to build cohesive collections.
  • Own design card review on behalf of Design for technical accuracy, suggest options to achieve aesthetic intent and ensure design elements are consistent across collections.
  • Maintain integrity of the product by applying established standards, details, and workmanship callouts.
  • Contribute insight into new silhouette development , providing technical callouts while reviewing the line to ensure consistancy in design language.
  • Create CADs for color options, color blocking, and platform animations.
  • Create full scale sketches as needed for design review. Examples include detailed specs, proportions, artwork layouts and placements, embossing scales and layouts, and embellishment placements.
  • Provide options, mock ups, and revisions as needed during the development process.
  • Partner with Product Development teams to identify and resolve technical issues, provide options to meet margin targets while preserving design intent. Ensure all comments are clearly communicated to appropriate teams and partner to meet shared goals.
  • Responsible for delivering all design cards for handoff milestones.
  • Create, update, and maintain master silhouette templates utilized across seasons.

  • 0-2 years work experience in technical design with focus on handbags/leathergoods.
  • Thorough understanding of the design & development processfrom inception through production; experience working with global factories a plus.
  • Leathergoods product construction and engineering knowledge required. Broad knowledge of industry construction standards and manufacturing, including materials. (hardware, leather, fabric)
  • Advanced proficiency in Adobe Illustrator; ability to CAD in fast paced environment.
  • Keen attention to detail as it pertains to individual products and the line as a whole.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast paced design environment.
  • Excellent problem solving abilities, resourcefulness, and organizational skills. Ability to take initiative on projects and design solutions.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Our Competencies for All Employees
  • Courage: Doesn't hold back anything that needs to be said; provides current, direct, complete, and "actionable" positive and corrective feedback to others; lets people know where they stand; faces up to people problems on any person or situation (not including direct reports) quickly and directly; is not afraid to take negative action when necessary.
  • Creativity: Comes up with a lot of new and unique ideas; easily makes connections among previously unrelated notions; tends to be seen as original and value-added in brainstorming settings.
  • Customer Focus: Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; gets first-hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services; acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.
  • Dealing with Ambiguity: Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn't upset when things are up in the air; doesn't have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.
  • Drive for Results: Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
  • Interpersonal Savvy: Relates well to all kinds of people, up, down, and sideways, inside and outside the organization; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably.
  • Learning on the Fly: Learns quickly when facing new problems; a relentless and versatile learner; open to change; analyzes both successes and failures for clues to improvement; experiments and will try anything to find solutions; enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks; quickly grasps the essence and the underlying structure of anything.

Our Competencies for All People Managers
  • Strategic Agility: Sees ahead clearly; can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; has broad knowledge and perspective; is future oriented; can articulately paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods; can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.
  • Developing Direct Reports and Others:Provides challenging and stretching tasks and assignments; holds frequent development discussions; is aware of each person's career goals; constructs compelling development plans and executes them; pushes people to accept developmental moves; will take on those who need help and further development; cooperates with the developmental system in the organization; is a people builder.
  • Building Effective Teams: Blends people into teams when needed; creates strong moraleand spirit in theirteam; shares wins and successes; fosters open dialogue; lets people finish and be responsible for their work; defines success in terms of the whole team; creates a feeling of belonging in the team.

Coach is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and we pride ourselves on hiring and developing the best people. All employment decisions (including recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, transfer, training, discipline and termination) are based on the applicant's or employee's qualifications as they relate to the requirements of the position under consideration. These decisions are made without regard to age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic characteristics, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship, disability, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or any other legally-recognized protected basis prohibited by applicable law.

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Tapestry, Inc. will provide applicants and employees with reasonable accommodation for disabilities or religious beliefs. If you require reasonable accommodation to complete the application process, please contact Tapestry People Services at 1-855-566-9264 or

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