Design Director

New York, New York


The Design Director will define and oversee the strategy, vision, and execution for an independent business unit or department.  

Key Accountabilities:

·         Partner with cross functional management to drive company’s strategic initiatives

·         Direct the overall design process to ensure that the design team is successfully meeting business needs according to the design time-and-action calendar

·         Work closely with licensor to understand the brand aesthetic and seasonal strategy to effectively lead and present concept and strategy to the design team in developing clothing lines that are trend right, meet sales needs and are brand appropriate

·         Conduct market research and identify current trends and competitive data as it relates to their assigned brand to establish key objectives for the season

·         Partner with Sales and Brand Management teams to conceptualize and launch clothing lines for several levels of distribution

·         Manage the division’s store purchased samples, sampling, design supply and travel calendar

·         Travel to factories to oversee development of samples and production

·         Set the vision for department/showroom merchandising for seasonal markets

·         Attend trade shows and industry events to remain current in the market

·         Supervise design staff and provide direction and management throughout the design process

·         Recruit top talent, train, develop and motivate team members

·         Special projects as assigned

Required Skills/Abilities/Education:

·         Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design

·         10+ years of experience in the fashion industry (children’s wear knowledge a must)

·         Ability to travel as needed

·         Strong communication, presentation, and organizational skills

·         Must be a strategic thinker, persuasive and collaborative

·         Proven ability to lead and develop a team of designers

·         Brand appropriate aesthetic


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