Design Director, Apparel - New York


: $90,320.00 - $152,950.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Executive Management

The Design Director, Apparel will drive the seasonal trend development, including concept direction boards, sketch, prototype development, costing modifications, execute commercial product for DTC and wholesale businesses. This person will forecast trends in fabric, color, and silhouette and will manage line development from initial concept through production phases, including design (sketch through sample) and technical packages. This person will be responsible for over-seeing 18-24 distinctly unique product assortments per year. The Design Director, Apparel will also be responsible for giving print and artwork direction to the Graphic/Textile Designers for each delivery. This role works closely with the Head of Product to ensure correct product assortment and well-balanced lines. This individual will be responsible for shopping the market for trend information, inspiration, and ways to continue to grow the business, as well as, review competition as it relates to product, quality, and aesthetic. Ability and passion to work in a fast-paced, small start-up environment is essential.

Job Requirements:

BS/BA degree with 7+ years experience designing apparel, preferably focused on the female gender

A minimum of 3 years management experience managing a team of at least 4 6 people, from Sr. Designer to Design Assistant

Knit experience is a must

Mandatory: Fully proficient with Photoshop and Illustrator. Ability to use In-Design, Kaledo, PLM a plus

Ability to identify broad apparel and fashion trends, disseminate that information into viable, creative conceptual presentations that both inspire the executive investment stakeholders (CEO, and Senior level cross functional partners) and provide creative, clear design direction to the designers

Experienced working with the merchandising / sales team to identify areas of growth, or potential growth

Ability to strategize in partnership with merchandising to find new, creative ways to grow the business by introducing on-trend\", viable new product ideas while maintaining cost targets

Excellent color sense and ability to create saleable seasonal color palettes that flow seamlessly from season to season while still providing a vision of newness to the customer

Ability to identify print and graphic direction that continues to refresh the product while at the same time builds upon a general, yet distinct brand point of view

Experience collaborating with design team and cross functional team members to ensure that the design and product sensibility compliments the other products offered within the brand

Successful experience working with production and technical design teams to ensure accurate and cost effective execution of designs

Ability to call upon past experience to trouble shoot and/or creatively solve product development/bulk production issues when and if they arise

Experience working with overseas vendors and traveling abroad to production facilities. In depth knowledge of fabrication (knits) and graphic and print production utilized on the types of garments produced for the brand

Must have strong communication and organizational skills with the ability to troubleshoot problems

Be able to work in a fast-paced, start-up, dynamic environment with the ability to meet deadlines and work with all levels of the organization

Requires a hands on approach (designing actual product as well as directing)

Experienced and comfortable giving presentations to the Executive/CEO level

Experience traveling domestically and internationally to identify trends and select inspiration samples to bring back to communicate future ideas to the sales / merchandising team. This role will be required to travel internationally at least 2 times per year and domestically 2-4 times per year

Associated topics: design, designer, esthetic, esthetician, fashion, fashion design, stylist * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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