Denim Designer : New York, NY : Full Time

Our NYC jeanswear client a has a great opportunity for a Denim Designer. This role is responsible for creating and executing original bottoms designs. The Designer will create products from concept through production with a focus on fit, fabric and finish. The Designer must be able to identify emerging fashion trends and business opportunities to be at the forefront of design in this zone. Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Research and identify trend directions

  • Create inspiration boards and participate in trend overviews for each season

  • Shop marketplace, our competitive set and for inspiration and product opportunities

  • Plan the line according to style plans, sales needs and emerging trends

  • Develop product, and marketing concepts for emerging categories or items

  • Develop fabrics, wash finishes, color palettes, special trims and styling details

  • Ensure product is being designed with in cost parameters

  • Create artwork for product packaging, labeling and hardware

  • Work with suppliers on execution to make sure the elements fall within our cost targets

  • Manage all overseas communication with sample facilities for sample execution

  • Attend all comparison fittings, first proto fittings and production fittings

  • Give concise feedback to technical design on how to adjust garments

  • Ensure production fits are to our specifications

  • Merchandise and style showrooms for presentations to sales

  • Partner with sales in presenting the line to buyers

  • Collaborate with marketing and sales on collateral for buyers and in store marketing needs

  • Build strong cross-functional relationships with sales, production, tech, fabric R&D and marketing

  • Adhere to time and action calendar

  • Work closely with Director of Design in all aspects of product development

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • BA degree from accredited art/fashion school

  • 5 +years of experience in apparel design

  • Proficient sketching in Illustrator

  • Create initial specs

  • Ability to interface with Department heads outside of Design i.e., Production/Sales to drive results

  • Ability to develop a line from concept to completion without supervision from supervisors

  • Ability to identify key trends and determine how they appropriately relate to the brand/consumer

  • PLM a plus but not required

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