Manager, Materials Research, Shoes & Accessories Design - Calvin Klein

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Manager, Materials Research, Shoes & Accessories Design - Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein


New York, United States




Design (Garments & Accessories)



Full-time, Salary Unspecified

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Job Description

The Manager, Materials Research will direct all aspects of leather and fabric development for Shoes & Accessories. The principal function of the position is to globally source and develop leather and fabrics that work within company ascetics.

  • Responsible for researching and identifying seasonal fabric trends applicable to the CK Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein Performance and Calvin Klein Jeans business lines, driving innovation and newness while still maintaining brand DNA
  • Partner with design teams from the beginning of a season to understand seasonal concepts and design needs
  • Research international/domestic, and competitive markets to identify new trends, leathers, fabrics and techniques, while maintaining brand integrity
  • Source and maintain relationships with tanneries and mills and stay informed about prices, lead-times & material detail
  • Attend international and domestic tradeshows with the goal of identifying relevant trends and establishing new resources

The Ideal Candidate

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  • 4-6 years of demonstrative experience in shoes & accessories business, in a leather/fabric R&D role
  • Experience in Italy and China; understand quality from luxury materials and span to opposite end of the spectrum – knowledge of the requirements of each classification and price point.
  • Solid knowledge and understanding of leather/fabric construction, dye techniques, finishes and shoes & accessories manufacturing/sourcing processes required
  • Established relationships with tanneries and mills worldwide


  • B.A. (or higher) in Material Science, Textiles, or Product Development


  • Ability to communicate to senior management in a clear, precise, and effective manner
  • Must demonstrate curiosity and is motivated to learn new skills and knowledge
  • Employ a strong project management skill set (initiation, planning, execution, monitoring, closing) to handle multiple projects and objectives while maintaining flexibilities to changing priorities and demands.
  • Proficient in MS Office suites, Photoshop, Illustrator
  • Proficiency in Italian and Mandarin a plus

About Us

Provocative. Modern. Sensual. Iconic.  

Calvin Klein is a global lifestyle brand that exemplifies bold, progressive ideals and a seductive, and often minimal, aesthetic. We seek to thrill and inspire our audience while using provocative imagery and striking designs to ignite the senses.  

After nearly 50 years, Calvin Klein continues to be a cultural catalyst across the globe by embracing tension, sparking ideas and creating unforeseen realities. We believe in a culture that provokes discovery and brave thinking. We strive to make a positive impact on the world. We inspire passion in our people. We embody authenticity and embrace individuality.  

Founded in 1968 by Calvin Klein and his business partner Barry Schwartz, we have built our reputation as a leader in American fashion through our clean aesthetic and innovative designs. Global retail sales of Calvin Klein products exceed $8 billion in 2015 and were distributed in [over] 110 countries. Calvin Klein employs over 10,000 associates globally. In 2003, we were acquired by PVH Corp., one of the largest apparel companies in the world.