Director of Sweater Design

8 - 10 years experience  •  Financial Services

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 10/16/17
Los Angeles, CA
8 - 10 years experience
Financial Services
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 10/16/17

Position Description:

 

The Director of Women’s Sweaters Design will report to the Creative Director, Women’s Design. In partnership with the Creative Director, he/she will be responsible for: leading and managing the Women’s Sweaters Design Team in the process of design creation for Women’s RTW collections at Vince.

 

Responsibilities

  • Exemplify the Vince Values – Vision, Integrity, Passion, Collaboration and Excellence
  • Brand Vision and Directives

In partnership with the Creative Director:

  • Define the conceptual development/style of the Women’s Sweaters line which will delight the customer and drive the growth of our overall business
  • Ensure that all designs adhere to the brand image and overall brand identity
  • Ensure that product is consistent with market trends as well as business strategy; interpreting domestic/international concepts and fashion trends as they relate to demands in the market, the brand image, and the business strategy
  • Prepare presentation materials for line previews and buy meetings
  • Present design direction to the divisions and Senior Executives
  • Process Development and Implementation
  • Implement a process which ensures effectiveness and productivity
  • Direct all phases of the creative process of Women’s Sweaters from concept through design production including market research, mood board creation, designing, and sketching
  • Leadership/Team Building
  • Provide strong direction and leadership to the Women’s Sweaters design team
  • Train, motivate and evaluate the team and continue to provide top quality designs and product
  • Manage Designers throughout the sampling process
  • Cross-Functional Partnership
  • Create and maintain strong, positive relationships with cross-functional partners
  • Partner with the Merchandising and Product Development teams to determine a strategic direction of sweaters that will help develop the business further

Qualifications

 

  • BA/BS/BFA Degreerequired
  • Must have Contemporary Apparel experience in sweaters and knits
  • Must be a talented designer with at least 7 years of Women’s sweaters experience
  • Must have a deep understanding of the US market trends and customer demands in both retail and wholesale
  • Must have experience working in a Global Brand
  • Strong understanding of the Contemporary Market, Vince brand and our female customer
  • Must be focused on results
  • Clear understanding of developing and implementing process and P2M calendar
  • Must have a balance between creativity and strategic mindset
  • Strong management skills with an understanding of end-to-end design process
  • Ability to lead, grow, and develop designers at all levels
  • Experience developing a brand identity as it relates to ready to wear
  • Understanding and knowledge of fabrics, sketch potential and color potential
  • Strong conceptual creative ability
  • Strong collaboration and influencing skills
  • Must be driven, with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Ability to multi-task and create multiple lines at once
  • Clear communication skills
  • Proficient in Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and MS Office.
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