Fashion Designer Wovens

Jigsaw
Kew, Richmond TW9, UK
Posted 21 hours ago
Full time

JOB TITLE:Wovens Senior Designer

REPORTS TO:Head of Wovens

JOB TYPE:Full Time, Permanent

LOCATION:Kew Gardens

ROLE PURPOSE:

We are looking for a highly creative Womenswear Designer who isversatile and strong inoutwear & tailoring, who can also think out of the box. You will have an elevated aesthetic and experience in the premium & luxury sector. You will be responsible for designing stunning woven garments in collaboration with the product development and technical teams; driving the creative process working closely with the Head of Wovens.

You will be a key contributor in building an innovative, sustainably sourced, commercially balanced range, consistently introducing fresh ideas to the product assortment and delivering a collection that is true to the Jigsaw design aesthetic

You will have a strong design identity, a high level of awareness of seasonal shows and knowledge of current and future trends, as well as a strong understanding of what customers want to see online and instore.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work collaboratively with design, buying and pattern teams from concept to completion aligning on seasonal direction, trends, timelines and customer insights.
  • Research seasonal theme and inspiration, fabric and colour concepts in collaboration with the Design team via fabric fairs, shopping and visual research, galleries etc.
  • Developing design through sketching, draping on the stand and other creative mediums.
  • Produce clear illustrations and technical sketches, communicating details of which to the pattern room in order to develop accurate first prototypes and creating specs/tech packs for factories.
  • Work closely with Product Development, Garment Tech teams and Atelier, managing the shape development and fittings process making sure the critical path is adhered to.
  • Participate in fittings with a high level of confidence, developing styles from sketch to sealing.
  • Work closely with the Product Development team to ensure they are up to date on sketch development, passing correct tech packs and instructions for fabric and trim.
  • Maintaining contact with external suppliers, visiting when necessary, and ensuring they have all relevant design information to make samples.
  • Work on colour palettes and put lab dips into work in correct yarns and fabrics. Work on prints and trims for the collection in collaboration with the print designer.
  • Maintaining awareness of market information influencing consumers and knowing the company best seller products in order to filter into the design process.
  • Work with the broader design teams to ensure that there is a clear definition between the departments and that we offer true choice to the customer.
  • Work with merchandising on planning the range in line with buy plan.
  • Work with other members of the team to prepare line sheets for buy meetings with relevant information such as prices, lead times, minimum order quantity, surcharges etc.
  • Preparation for presenting collections to the Creative Director and Merchandising teams at buy meetings and actioning any subsequent amendments.
  • Input into copy for online selling, ensuring the marketing teams have all the correct product information.
  • Check the Jigsaw website and flag any product information or description discrepancies.
  • Regular visits to Jigsaw stores and concessions to remain in touch with the shopping environment.
  • General day to day administrative duties, archiving collection work, maintaining samples, keeping design boards and working space tidy.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Graduated from a Fashion Design BA course or MA course
  • Significant experience in a womenswear designer role in the premium sector
  • Highly creative and strong understanding of customer needs
  • Excellent research skills
  • Excellent technical hand drawing skills
  • Expertise in working on the stand with drape and shape making
  • A good technical knowledge of garment construction, fit and fabric
  • Excellent sensitivity to fabrication, colour detail and proportion
  • Strong grasp of sustainable fashion solutions, material innovation and product development
  • Ability to work well in a fast paced and creative environment
  • Good knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Microsoft Office suite
  • Written and oral fluency in English

BEHAVIOURS FOR SUCCESS

  • The successful candidate should be self-motivated, organised be able to work independently within a fast-paced creative team environment and have a good understanding of the brand’s aesthetic.
  • Excellent communication skills with an organised and structured approach.
  • High work ethic, good time management skills
  • Work to deadlines
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Champion of the business and brand aesthetic

ON APPLICATION PLEASE INCLUDE:CV and Portfolio including examples of your work

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