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Menswear Sr. Design Director

Smithe Studios
Los Angeles, California
150,000 - 250,000
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

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We seek an experienced Head of Design to help us grow our new-to-market brand, Role must be based in Los Angeles. No Hybrid and No Remote arrangements.

As a Designer at Smithe Studios, you will play a crucial role in creating and developing high-quality garment designs for our brand. 

Reporting directly to the Head of Menswear Design and CD, you will be an integral part of the design team, transforming creative concepts into tangible, innovative garments. Your expertise in garment construction techniques, attention to detail, and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment will contribute to Smithe Studios success in the fashion industry. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Design Development: Lead the design team to conceptualize, sketch, and bring to life innovative cut-and-sew designs that align with Smithe Studios vision.
  • Garment Construction: Utilize your in-depth knowledge of garment construction techniques to create detailed technical specifications, including patterns, measurements, and construction details.
  • Material Selection: Identify and select suitable fabrics, trims, and materials to achieve the desired aesthetic and maintain the highest quality standards for each design.
  • Trend Research: Stay updated on the latest fashion trends, industry developments, and consumer preferences to ensure that Smithe Studios 's designs are relevant, innovative, and appealing to the target market.
  • Sample Development: Oversee the creation of samples and prototypes, providing valuable guidance and feedback to pattern makers, sample makers, and manufacturers to ensure accurate translation of designs.
  • Quality Control: Conduct thorough quality checks on prototypes and samples to ensure they meet Smithe Studios' stringent standards for fit, construction, and overall design excellence.
  • Collaboration: Work closely with cross-functional teams, including production, merchandisers, and fabric sourcing, to ensure seamless execution of designs and timely delivery.
  • Presentation and Communication: Prepare and present design concepts, sketches, and technical specifications to the Creative Director and other stakeholders, demonstrating clear and concise communication skills.
  • Market Analysis: Analyze sales data, customer feedback, and market trends to make informed design decisions and identify opportunities for improvement or new design directions.
  • Brand Integrity: Uphold SMITHE STUDIOS' brand identity and design goals, maintaining consistency across all collections and ensuring designs align with the brand's vision and values.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Fashion Design or a related field (or equivalent work experience).
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience as a designer, preferably with a strong background in luxury apparel.
  • Experience functioning as a liaison between various internal and external contributors teams is highly desirable.
  • Proven experience as a Head Designer, preferably within the men's fashion industry.
  • Strong knowledge of garment construction techniques, pattern making, and sewing.
  • Proficiency in sketching and using design software (e.g., Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop).
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to work with precision.
  • A creative visionary with the ability to generate innovative design concepts.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines. Excellent communication and presentation skills to effectively convey design ideas.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and take direction and feedback/input from the CD.
  • Familiarity with leading a design team for a new brand.
  • Team Player

Great to Haves:

  • Entrepreneurial mindset, results-driven
  • Self-starter - the ability to act and operate independently with minimal daily direction from the manager.
  • Thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced, team-oriented environment.
  • Proven prioritization, time management, and project management skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build lasting relationships
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

TO APPLY: Please submit your resume and a short cover letter telling us about yourself and why you are an excellent fit at Smithe Studios!

Job Type: Contract, Full Time

Pay: Salary 

Benefits: Medical and Dental

Smithe Studios is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive workplace environment for all employees. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, or nationality. 


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