Title of Position: Associate Designer - Sportswear Bottoms - Women's Retail Brand Department: Design
Reports To: Design Manager
Supervises Direct Reports: No
Format: Onsite Temporary/Freelance (40 hours/week)
Work Location: Southwest Florida
Relocation Support? Yes: Travel, housing, vehicle.
Our client got their start nearly thirty years ago as a small women's boutique offering an exclusive collection of women's apparel and accessories. Through the years they have continued to leverage elegant yet simple themes. Throughout the journey, their passion has always been to make women look and feel beautiful. Today, they operate more than 400 boutiques and over 45 outlets across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This distinctive women's apparel company lives and breathes fashion, and takes great pride in the personal development and guidance of their associates to be the best they can be. They are currently seeking an Associate Designer for Woven Sportswear Bottoms.
The Associate Designer will continuously create and develop unique product that is brand appropriate, modern, fashion forward and also balances core and trend items which are enhanced through details, setting the product apart from other brands. The designed product will complement the balance of the assortment and will create an imaginative, cohesive collection that reinforces the seasonal and monthly mood and direction. The Associate Designer will be a part of a highly creative and energetic team.
-Interpret trends through the design and development of brand appropriate assortment for sportswear bottoms areas, including all design elements, which make the product unique and special, such as, trims, labels and details, while maintaining a balance between fashion and core items.
-Manage multiple seasons at different stages of development, while keeping to the development calendar and adhering to the T&A Calendar.
-Support the research and development of key fabrics, print and pattern, trims, working with Fabric Team and CAD Artists. Have basic understanding of pant fits.
-Stay keenly aware of trends both directional and at the retail level; evolve the product by updating, embellishing and eliminating appropriate product to ensure a balanced fashion right Woven bottoms assortment.
-Meet with Creative Team on monthly concepts to help create and implement direction and mood for the company.
-Maintain awareness of the direction of other classifications in order to use knowledge and apply to the bigger picture.
-Partner with Product Managers and communicate on a regular basis with vendors on the development of product throughout the design process
-Partner with Merchants throughout the development process and know sales of categories and apply them to future seasons.
-Help present product during review meetings and update all line sheets thereafter.
-Some travel to stores to shop for vintage pieces and samples.
-Coach and develop Assistant Designers to ensure continued bench strength.
-Four year college degree in Fashion Design
-3-4 years in the apparel design industry preferably in the contemporary market
-Outstanding hand and computer sketching skills
-Excellent written and verbal communication skills
-Exceptional taste level and an eye for today's top designer labels
-Strong understanding of current trends in bottoms and how they relate to comprehensive collection trends.
-Solid understanding of fabrics, finishes, details, trims, fit and construction
-Excellent silhouette and trend forecasting ability
-Strong sense and passion for print, pattern and details that make the brand and product unique
-Affinity for working in a team environment
-Computer proficient in Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and Flex PLM
Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled