Senior Design Director (Rachel Roy, NY)

About Rachel Roy:

The Rachel Roy brand debuted in 2004 and for over a decade has been inspiring women to lead individual and limitless lives through courage, conviction and change.

The Rachel Roy brand includes the Rachel Roy Contemporary, Curvy & Dresses RTW collections, Swim, Outerwear, and Jewelry collections. Designed in Rachel’s studio in the heart of New York City, the collections capture the spirit of individuality and reflection of the ever-changing world.

Reimagined & re-launched in early 2016, RachelRoy.com is a digital flagship that presents an immersive and interactive ecommerce experience that brings together superior product and engaging content to create a vibrant community.

Philanthropy is at the heart of the Rachel Roy brand and through Rachel’s Kindness Is Always Fashionable initiative, artisans in developing countries can showcase their work and depend on sustainable employment that helps improve their lives and the lives of others.

Design, Concept, Vision and Inspiration

·         Provide design inspiration and seasonal design direction for RRR brand; design, concept, vision, inspiration, print and color

·         Responsible for ensuring product is consistent with market trends aligning with overall business strategy

·         Identify trends, seasonal “big ideas” and key silhouettes relevant to RRR brand

·         Market research and shop marketplace for competitive analysis and style trend; purchase samples within budget

·         Prepare presentation boards – concepts, color and inspiration

·         Participate and lead product design meetings

·         Adhere and enforce all design deadlines

·         Liaise with RR/VP of Merchandising on all aspects of design direction

Duties and Key Responsibilities

·         Lead and manage Design team (4 Designers, 1 Textile Designer, dotted line to Fabric R&D Manager)

·         Provide creative direction to Design team

·         Accountable for process improvement, growing business, streamlining efficiencies and seeking opportunities that positively affect the company

·         Train, motivate, evaluate and assess talent and team

·         Oversee execution of flat sketches, detailed illustrations, key points of measurements and trim for technical packages and line sheets

·         Adhere and enforce all design deadlines

·         Oversee and partner with Technical Design teams to ensure style details and fit from proto thru production stage

·         Partner with cross-functional teams to provide flow of information

Print

·         Oversee all aspects of print development from sample stage thru bulk production

·         Manage and direct Textile Print Designer

·         Meet with print studios; purchase artwork within print artwork budget

·         Work with Textile Print Designer to pitch prints and colorways

·         Oversee all print strike offs, duplicate print fabric yardage and bulk print approvals within calendar deadlines (minimum limit two strike offs)

·         Ensure bulk print fabric yardage is achievable target price point for garment margin requirements

·         Liaise with RR/VP of Merchandising for print vision and print direction for seasonal approval

 

Fabric

·         Oversee selection of all fabric, yarn and trim

·         Manage and direct Fabric R&D Manager

·         Oversee fabric sourcing/development is achievable target price point for garment margin requirements

·         Oversee lab dips and color approvals for proto, duplicate yardage and bulk production fabrications

·         Oversee ordering all proto and duplicate fabric yardage and yarns within calendar deadlines

Garment Fittings

·         Oversee attendance of all proto and bulk garment fittings

·         Partner with Technical Design team to confirm all garment spec measurements, design details, construction and trim for proto garment development

·         Partner with Technical Design team to ensure contemporary garment fit and troubleshoot any fit issues at store level

·         Oversee design follow up and updates from fittings with Design Team; changes need to be reviewed with Merchandising and Sales teams

Leadership Team Responsibilities

·         Partner with Leadership Team to strategize on overall big picture business plans – Sales, Design, Production, Merchandising and Marketing

Qualified Applicants please send resumes to careers@topsondowns.com