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Company is an American lifestyle brand that embodies the personal style and sensibility of its Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, Company. The collection, known for color, print and eclectic details, includes ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags, accessories, home and beauty. Art, music, travel, interiors and the designer’s own stylish parents are inspirations for the collection.
Our company launched in February 2004 with a single boutique on what was then a remote street in downtown Manhattan. Today, we are a global brand with a presence in more than 50 countries, but in many ways we are only just beginning. There is so much we want to do!
Brand integrity, global inspiration and beautiful products are integral to who we are as a company and what we have accomplished to date. Our incredible team is an equally important part of the equation. We believe that each of our employees play a vital role in our continuing efforts to grow and evolve.
The position will be responsible for managing the Mainline Shoe design process from concept to completion while partnering with the VP of Design to ensure alignment on priorities and direction.
Serve as the Design lead for the Mainline Collection team.
Identify emerging trends; recommend those that are appropriate for Company through seasonal research and travel for competitive shopping and exploration of ideas with the company’s overseas manufacturing network.
Interpret trends in a brand-appropriate execution.
Oversee seasonal conceptualization and creation of design concepts for shoes.
Continue to elevate, refine and expand the assortments, while simultaneously maintaining consistent Company aesthetic.
Responsible for delivering product that meets both sales volume and gross margin goals.
Partner with key merchants and designers to ensure alignment of product across categories.
Continue to drive product elevation across the collection.
Develop strong relationships with Merchandising, Sourcing and Product Development to ensure that business needs are understood and addressed in advance of the seasonal design process and that calendar handoffs are accomplished on time.
Ensure designs for channels and geographies are developed according to the development calendar and the parameters of the brand platform as well as the merchandising category needs and attributes.
Partner with merchandising to develop SKU count, competitive pricing points, concept and product flow.
Work with PD to develop profitable products while maintaining quality, design integrity and brand aesthetic.
Ensure cross product alignment via actively communicating and collaborating with all other design teams.
Help manage the design process calendar throughout the development cycle and ensure that the process stays on time.
Attend key meetings with Merchants, Product Development, Planning, and Sourcing and travel as outlined in the development process calendar.
Identify, train and cultivate a strong bench for future growth and expansion.
7+ years design experience working for a luxury retailer
A “self-merchandising” designer who can drive creativity while maintaining profit goals.
Experience managing design budget and calendar.
Vision and ability to conceptualize
Designer who is creatively driven while maintaining a business mindset as it relates to profitability and commercial acceptability.
Has worked closely with strong merchandising function ensuring profitability, appropriate gross margin, and maximizing sell-thru.
Self-merchandising, must understand commercial acceptability.
Ability to identify trends on a long and short term basis.
Must have an even temperament (not a big ego) and a willingness to roll up their sleeves and be part of a team.
Must be cost driven, methodical and calendar driven.
High and translatable taste-level.
Left brain/right brain.
Strong people skills with the ability to manage unique and diverse personalities.
Possesses inspirational and directional leadership skills.
Strong communication (both verbal and written).
Strong listening skills.
Ability to assimilate and promote the company’s culture.
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