Associate Designer - Wrangler Modern Mens (Greensboro, NC)

Kontoor Brands, Inc.
High Point, NC, USA
Posted 1 month ago
Full timeRetail Apparel and Fashion
Job Description

Kontoor Brands, Inc. (KTB) is a global lifestyle apparel company with a portfolio of some of the world’s most iconic denim brands: Wrangler®, Lee® and Rock & Republic®. We design, manufacture and distribute superior high-quality products that look good, fit right, and are crafted with sensitivity to our planet to give people around the world the freedom and confidence to express themselves.

Our global community of more than 15,000 employees fosters a culture of integrity, collaboration, performance and entrepreneurial spirit. We are looking for inclusive, humble, creative and forward-looking employees with a passion for creating innovative apparel products, accessories, and solutions that are both meaningful and purposeful for consumers and employees.

Associate Designer – Wrangler Modern Mens: Become the Newest Member of Kontoor Brands

This position reports to the Design Director and is responsible for leading all design activities related to Wrangler Modern Mens. The focus of this position is delivering a strong mens tops, knits, tshirts & outerwear assortment with an elevated aesthetic and with solid collaboration with the mens bottoms designers. Looking for a great understanding of consumer, sense of market, trend, print, & color, strong understanding of fit & construction, ability to build head to toe looks, and leverage innovation and root design with a sustainable core foundation.

This position is also to have strong collaborative competencies, be able to guide and follow a GTM calendar, deliver to costing targets, understand and translate a merchandising brief, ability to research to understand subtleties of regional needs, while staying true to the Brand DNA.

Key Responsibilities & Essential Skills

Creative Vision.Responsible for translating the Modern Brand creative vision to best in class product. Delivers heightened aesthetic from concept to product execution and actual assortment.

Strong Creative Contributor:Able to dream beyond current market. Be future facing and always challenge how to build new product ideas & opportunities that do not exist yet.

Presentations: Able to help deliver Clear, Strong, Compelling PowerPoint/Keynote visual presentations to Design, Merchandising, Marketing, & occasionally to Sales or collaboration partners. Able to share seasonal trend direction in fit & finish and seasonal concept direction and product ideas with broader audience.

Design Skills:Creative & skilled designer who develops and delivers innovative, brand right products which meet category and consumer business needs. Must have strong understanding of fabric, finish, techniques, fit development, and well as costing. Must have Adobe Illustrator and photoshop skills. Browswear 3D a plus. PowerPoint/Keynote, & Excel are also key skills.

Product Expert:Review and critique prototypes in conjunction with Design Director, for fit construction, & styling. Discuss and strategize style changes and line enhancements with Design Director in order to present to VP Design & to Regional Merchants.

Competitive Understanding:Researches emerging trends in fit, fabric, style, colors, & styling and has strong understanding of influencers and trend setters whether by brands, retailers, zeitgeist leaders. Maintain constant visibility to competition and understanding constant changes in the marketplace while also having and gaining strong understanding of target consumer.

Brand Consistency:Ensures all assortments deliver consistent color, trend, and creative direction align with the Brand DNA foundation that is Free, Strong, & True.

Problem Solving: Able to have ability to identify issues, collaborate with cross functional team, work towards solving outstanding issues with design & development, timing, and costing in order to maintain calendar deadlines.

Collaborator: Able to work well with Designers & Design Director and give clear direction, be open to listen and positive while building strong collaboration across Merchandising & Development.

Experience/Education

Years of Related Professional Experience:

3+ years experience in apparel design for a brand and being responsible for a product category. Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in fashion or apparel design

Special Physical And/or Mental Requirements

  • Traveling required, including travel to overseas to factories

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