Menswear Designer

The Apparel Group, Ltd
Lewisville, TX, USA
Posted 15 hours ago
Full time

At The Apparel Group we believe that our people are our greatest asset…and we make a difference for our customers across the world.

Since 1947, our parent company, TAL, has led the industry in technology and innovation to meet our customers and their consumer’s needs. We believe in the right way of doing business – involving sustainability and environmental leadership.

Our U.S. Men’s division is based in Lewisville, TX. where our employees are committed to innovation, creativity and collaboration….and above all else…winning. We are recognized by our private label and branded customers as an industry leader by offering our menu of services: Sales, Design, Fabric Sourcing Manufacturing, Analytics and 3PL capabilities.  If you’re looking for a new opportunity, this is a great place to make an impact and grow your career.

Role Overview

The Menswear Designer is responsible for executing their Role Responsibilities to deliver the Design Department’s Goals and Key Objectives, which are as follows.

  • Gain a good working knowledge of the brands we work with, their market position, selling history, brand aesthetic and placement strategy, price point strategy, competitive landscape, and white space opportunities.
  • Design, in collaboration with our customers, a range of men’s products across; sport shirts, bottoms, knits.
  • Design product which achieves the BU (Business Unit) volume, customer cost targets and BU profit goals.
  • Consistently propose new ideas for product that will drive volume, create program opportunities by enhancing our customer’s core and/or fashion assortment.
  • Conceive design concepts under direction and independently.
  • Have complete knowledge and experience in; fabric, performance features, finish, fit.
  • Have current awareness of competitive intelligence in the market place.
  • Develop relationships with cross functional partners, factory, mill and other key vendor partners that advance our capabilities.
  • Adhere to calendar expectations.
  • Develop relationship with key customer contacts
  • Be able to create and articulate a design presentation, articulating key trends and product concepts
  • Do all of the above in order to establishes our organization as “The Experts in all that we do.”

Responsibilities

  • Ongoing and constant analysis of future trends and current trends including having a supply of ‘stockpiled’ fabrics, patterns, style images, color inspiration, trims and marketing pieces.
  • Always looking to learn ‘who’s hot?’ and why?’, plus identify how BU can benefit from this information within current business, or how this knowledge can create new business.
  • Ability to formulate design ideas that will drive volume. This may be for existing Core or Core Plus styles, or for new program concepts that can create a new Core or Core Plus program
  • Ability to formulate design ideas that focus on the appropriate fashion trends that will connect with a specific Brand and its customer base
  • Participate in ideation and creation of seasonal trend and other media presentations through the use of illustrator, photo shop, or power point
  • Take direction from the VP and Director and expand on the direction/inspiration. It is important that the designer have a voice and vision of their own.
  • Take trend and market research and work innovative designs into brand appropriate styles

·       Understands target customer and product vision

  • Analyze past best sellers and identify what made it successful
  • Analyze worst sellers and identify what made it underperform
  • Able to use this intelligence to maximize successful formulas, minimize misfires, and know how to apply it to designs that will deliver volume product and meaningful programs to our customers
  • Prepare Design portion of costing sheets for submission to PD

·       Understand various fabric types, yarn qualities, fabric and garment finishes and their applicable value

·       Collaborate with Sales to analyse and engineer how designs can achieve target costs

  • Review sku plans to formulate needed design work for upcoming season.
  • Collaborate on the creation of viable brand appropriate designs with the Textile-CAD Designer
  • Design new models; collar and cuff shapes, contrast details, packaging, etc.
  • Develop new trims and buttons
  • Utilizes illustrator/photo shop to create art work that will enhance design presentations
  • Guide the intern on the design and vision of presentation boards
  • Present design product to VP, Director, Sales, and Senior Executives
  • Coordinate and prepare new development hand off with overseas SMM/CS teams
  • Review development submits (as necessary) H-looms, Lab Dips, A/W submits, etc.
  • Monitor Time and Action calendars to ensure on-time deliveries

·       Responds to daily e-mail and phone communication within 24-48 hours and communicates with a succinct and efficient style that focuses on advancing design and development to a more complete stage.

Education, Knowledge and Skills

·       Ability to work independently with minimal supervision in a fast-paced setting.

·       Ability to communicate and interact in a professional and effective manner with all team members.

·       Ability to learn new skills, and adapt to change as our customer’s needs or our business model changes

·       Team player with the ability to partner with others to effect solutions.

·       Strong organizational and time management skills and attention to detail.

·       Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.

·       Bachelor’s Degree or 5-7 years product development experience in apparel or textiles-related field

·       These are outlined in the Role Overview, and Role Responsibilities portion

Software

·       Excel, Word, PowerPoint

·       Microsoft Outlook (e-mail)

·       Salesforce.com / Chatter

·       Lawson – PLM

·       Working knowledge PowerPoint, Photoshop and/or Illustrator

NOTE: Training will be provided on Lawson PLM, Business Objects, Microsoft Outlook, Salesforce.com, and Chatter by The Apparel Group Ltd.

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