Trend & Concept Designer : New York : Freelance

  • Interpret seasonal fashion direction, assortment opportunities and merchandise trends as appropriate for the brand.

  • Set and drive the Brand's seasonal fashion direction (color, trend and vision).

  • Lead and execute research and development of seasonal trends.

  • Present seasonal trends to senior leadership and Executive Committee.

  • Partner with cross functional teams to share information on emerging trends to ensure synergy and consistency within a brand.

  • Partner with Merchants and Designers to drive and develop seasonal collections. 

  • Provide runway and trend reports to Design team and cross-functional partners.

  • Develop merchandise strategies and utilize trend information to develop cohesive collections.

  • Spend time in stores to best understand how the customer is responding to trends and concepts.

  • Shop competitive and aspirational retail, trade shows and markets for new merchandise, trend ideas, and design inspirations (materials, fashion, color).

  • Develop domestic vendor partnerships inclusive of design for the development of prints.

  • Produce cohesive product presentations, including boards, tear sheets and samples.

  • Ensure designs meet merchant line plans, assortment strategies, and overall creative direction.

  • Edit the product line with Merchant team ensuring program and style plans are supported by key items.

  • Collaborate with Marketing on development of new packaging, brand/label and hangtag needs.

  • Attend Brand Concept and Strategy Meetings.