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Design Lead, Soft Dressing

Ralph Lauren
New York, New York, United States
Closing date
26 Jun 2024

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Company Description
Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL) is a global leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products in five categories: apparel, accessories, home, fragrances, and hospitality. For more than 50 years, Ralph Lauren's reputation and distinctive image have been consistently developed across an expanding number of products, brands and international markets. The Company's brand names, which include Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren Collection, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Polo Ralph Lauren, Double RL, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Polo Ralph Lauren Children, Chaps, among others, constitute one of the world's most widely recognized families of consumer brands. At Ralph Lauren, we unite and inspire the communities within our company as well as those in which we serve by amplifying voices and perspectives to create a culture of belonging, ensuring inclusion, and fairness for all. We foster a culture of inclusion through: Talent, Education & Communication, Employee Groups and Celebration.

Position Overview
The Designer will lead and oversee design for Women's Polo Dresses. This individual will lead a team and work with the creative director to build a dress line that is reflective of the creative vision of Ralph Lauren while pushing the aesthetic in a fresh and current direction. The candidate must be a positive, team player who will collaborate with talented designers and cross-functional partners in the business.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

•Work with the Creative Director to define the soft dressing aesthetic for Women's Polo.
•Lead intensive soft dressing research to present to the Creative Director including vintage and modern shopping as well as tear and material research
• Lead the soft dressing team to create sketches and product prototypes throughout the conceptual design process.
• Create design flats, pattern layouts, tech packs, embellishment artworks using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
• Partner with senior management to refine designs, materials, trim, and color palettes for each season
• Build and update design presentation boards and lead the preparation for meetings
• Collaborate cross-functionally with Merchandising, Sourcing, and Product Development on regular basis. Participate in meetings with cross-functional category partners.

Experience, Skills & Knowledge

• Must be a collaborative, team player with great initiative
• Bachelor's Degree in Design or related field preferred
• Experience designing Women's RTW / Dresses
• Ability to build Tech Pack & Artwork of embellishment
• Ability to sketch both technical drawings and freeform renderings
• Extensive knowledge of garment construction, including pattern making, sewing and heavy draping and 3D
• Proven ability to sketch, spec, drape, embroidery, embellishment and communicate silhouette and ideas clearly
• Experience working with cross-functional teams
• Understanding of materials, hardware, leather required
• Strong working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, Microsoft Word and Excel #LI-CE1


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