Designer i

L.L. BEAN
Freeport, ME 04032, USA
Posted 1 day ago
Full time

Company presentation

We invite you to be part of our team of trailblazers dedicated to helping people discover and enjoy the outside. Come join us. Because on the inside we're all outsiders. And if it's outside, we're all in.We invite you to be part of our team of trailblazers dedicated to helping people discover and enjoy the outside. Come join us. Because on the inside we're all outsiders. And if it's outside, we're all in.

L.L.Bean is currently searching for Designer II to join our Product Creation team located in Freeport, Maine. (Position requires relocation to Maine/Hybrid work schedule) This role will support the design process relating to Men's Apparel and Hunt/Fish Apparel.

A Designer I participates in the work of the Design area at L.L.Bean, focusing on a specific demand center. Design is responsible for the product aesthetic for all product categories (Core & Signature). Key accountabilities include: 1) Creating product aesthetic inclusive of color, pattern, and silhouette. 2) Partnering with Product Developers and Corporate Merchants in conducting market research to evaluate competitive set, identify seasonal trends, and decide on seasonal concept direction. 3) Collaborating with Product Development to select fabric color and trims & relate them to the product design, function, and silhouette. 4) Creating seasonal corporate color palettes and ensuring on-brand, commercial color direction and color compositions. 5) Creating and designing silhouette, silhouette direction and garment styling; collaborating with Corporate Merchants to recommend fit block to TD. 6) Creating and deciding on brand appropriate / viable surface pattern and print direction.

Job description

Responsibilities:

Strategy (Product Aesthetic, Seasonal Concept Direction, Product Strategy)

  • Builds and creates seasonal concept and mood boards to establish and identify key looks, trends, concepts, color, fabric, trim and silhouette direction.
  • Offers on-brand commercially viable product ideas.
  • Creates seasonal trend direction, seasonal trend presentation, seasonal trend, and vendor decks.
  • Identifies and communicates seasonal color palettes.
  • Supports creation of the product design strategy at a collection level, vs. an item level.
Market Research Aesthetic Inspiration and Trend (Conduct Market Research, International Travel)

  • Researches and develops brand appropriate trends and product ideas.
  • Conduct research on market and competitive brands - domestic travel for inspiration and trade shows (NY Spin Expo/Premier Vision/Print Source).
  • Travel to Asia to meet with mills and vendors for research and product development and to ensure all product is commercialized to the very highest standards.
Upfront Planning

  • Works with CM (Corporate Merchandise) Managers to ensure viability of products and product opportunity fills need within the assortment.
  • Selects fabric direction for handfeel, drape aesthetic and partners closely with Product Developers to ensure vision of design, margin and target price is met.
Core Work

  • Applies knowledge and expertise to ensure consistency and cohesiveness of line through perfect pairings and cohesive look of the collection and key looks.
  • Introduces new and on brand silhouettes and styling details every season.
  • Selects all materials and works with lab to ensure trim passes testing.
  • Works with graphics department to instigate graphic and surface pattern direction.
  • Present fresh and commercial color and pattern for key items and relist programs to ensure they look fresh and commercial each season.
  • Communicates with mills and vendors to ensure fabric and all surface pattern is executed to the very highest standard.
  • Send out color cards and approve lab dips, strike offs, etc.
  • Develop print/pattern/graphics packages for product and hangtags/packaging.
  • Present sketches and proto samples at appropriate check-ins and meetings.
  • Create and update an accurate pre-production BOM and CC in Lawson.
  • Pitches and calls out repeat with all requirements for patterns and prints.
  • Partner with PD (Product Development) to finalize product details with vendors.
  • In collaboration with PD, creates comprehensive development spec packages and selects Fit Block suitable for wearing occasion.
  • Ensures robust hand off to Technical Design.
  • Attends all fittings to provide relevant feedback regarding fit and styling. - Ensure integrity of design aesthetic and conformance to selected fit block suitable for wearing occasion.
  • Attends Retail walkthroughs to ensure retail presentation meets design intent.
General Meetings/M2M Meetings Responsibility

  • Prepares and builds rigs and mannequins for all relevant meetings to clearly show seasonal direction and product ideas. - Ensures all milestones are achieved and successful. Attends to align on M2M key strategies, initiatives & actions.
Responsibilities:

Strategy (Product Aesthetic, Seasonal Concept Direction, Product Strategy)

  • Builds and creates seasonal concept and mood boards to establish and identify key looks, trends, concepts, color, fabric, trim and silhouette direction.
  • Offers on-brand commercially viable product ideas.
  • Creates seasonal trend direction, seasonal trend presentation, seasonal trend, and vendor decks.
  • Identifies and communicates seasonal color palettes.
  • Supports creation of the product design strategy at a collection level, vs. an item level.
Market Research Aesthetic Inspiration and Trend (Conduct Market Research, International Travel)

  • Researches and develops brand appropriate trends and product ideas.
  • Conduct research on market and competitive brands - domestic travel for inspiration and trade shows (NY Spin Expo/Premier Vision/Print Source).
  • Travel to Asia to meet with mills and vendors for research and product development and to ensure all product is commercialized to the very highest standards.
Upfront Planning

  • Works with CM (Corporate Merchandise) Managers to ensure viability of products and product opportunity fills need within the assortment.
  • Selects fabric direction for handfeel, drape aesthetic and partners closely with Product Developers to ensure vision of design, margin and target price is met.
Core Work

  • Applies knowledge and expertise to ensure consistency and cohesiveness of line through perfect pairings and cohesive look of the collection and key looks.
  • Introduces new and on brand silhouettes and styling details every season.
  • Selects all materials and works with lab to ensure trim passes testing.
  • Works with graphics department to instigate graphic and surface pattern direction.
  • Present fresh and commercial color and pattern for key items and relist programs to ensure they look fresh and commercial each season.
  • Communicates with mills and vendors to ensure fabric and all surface pattern is executed to the very highest standard.
  • Send out color cards and approve lab dips, strike offs, etc.
  • Develop print/pattern/graphics packages for product and hangtags/packaging.
  • Present sketches and proto samples at appropriate check-ins and meetings.
  • Create and update an accurate pre-production BOM and CC in Lawson.
  • Pitches and calls out repeat with all requirements for patterns and prints.
  • Partner with PD (Product Development) to finalize product details with vendors.
  • In collaboration with PD, creates comprehensive development spec packages and selects Fit Block suitable for wearing occasion.
  • Ensures robust hand off to Technical Design.
  • Attends all fittings to provide relevant feedback regarding fit and styling. - Ensure integrity of design aesthetic and conformance to selected fit block suitable for wearing occasion.
  • Attends Retail walkthroughs to ensure retail presentation meets design intent.
General Meetings/M2M Meetings Responsibility

  • Prepares and builds rigs and mannequins for all relevant meetings to clearly show seasonal direction and product ideas. - Ensures all milestones are achieved and successful. Attends to align on M2M key strategies, initiatives & actions.

Profile

Skills and Qualifications:

  • BA/BS required
  • 3+ years of relevant experience required
  • Denim experience highly preferred
  • 3D experience preferred
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Communicates to cross department group; makes presentations.
  • Highly effective relationship building skills
  • Ability to collaborate interdepartmentally and cross functionally
  • Strategic and tactical

If you feel like you would do well in this position please apply, even if you don't fill all of the qualifications.

If you care about the outdoors, joining L.L.Bean is a great way to feel good about what you do. Our benefits package makes a good thing even better, with programs and perks designed to support your health and financial goals. Plus, maintaining a healthy work-life balance and re-charging outside are all part of the plan. Because, when it comes to the outside-we're all in. Visit llbeancareers.com to learn more.

Being outside brings out the best in us, no matter where we come from or what we believe. At L.L.Bean, we value individual differences and encourage our co-workers to be themselves - because the uniqueness of each individual makes L.L.Bean better.

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