Senior Designer Accessories

Athleta
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted 1 month ago
Full timeProduct Design & Development
About the Role

As the Senior Accessories Designer you will work closely with the Head of Design and manage all accessories categories.* You will work collaboratively with Apparel Design, Merchandising, and Product Development to realize collections from concept to commercialization. You combine an intuitive sense for trend with active product use experience and a problem-solving attitude to create beautiful, technical, sustainable product.

Responsibilities will include (but are not limited to) trend and materials research, materials development, sketching, drawing CADs, building technicals, building seasonal color files, working within the seasonal calendar, coordinating with apparel designers and the cross functional team of merchants and developers.

*Accessories categories currently includes: bags, headwear, knitwear, socks, girls’ accessories, yoga gear and special projects.

What You'll Do
  • Research current trend for Accessories categories, with an emphasis on the intersection of performance and style
  • Competitive shop, inspiration shop and research marketplace
  • Collaborate with the Apparel Design and Concept teams to develop and communicate cohesive seasonal and sport trends and design direction to Merchandising and Marketing/Creative teams
  • Research current bestsellers and trends to develop appropriate style, design, and brand evolution
  • Build upon established product franchises by understanding their unique design lines and palette of materials
  • Collaborate with Merchandising team on architecture of collection
  • Develop seasonal briefs to direct vendors in co-creation styles, edit and comment on their designs in order to align with brand handwriting
  • Develop key trends and seasonal theme direction for silhouette, fabric and trims  
  • Work with product development and vendors to develop raw materials (fabric and trims)
  • Prepare and present thumbnail concepts and line drawings for silhouette review and selection
  • Collaborate with Merchant to merchandise your classification
  • Offer product color recommendations during line coloring process; communicate product-specific constraints to color team
  • Create first proto sample tech packs and dimension specs to facilitate sampling, revise tech packs over the course of the season in accordance with product evolution
  • Communicate details for bill of materials to Product Development
  • With the Merchant team, evaluate all first proto samples for adoption
  • Working with Product Development, evaluate all adopted styles for aesthetic, fit, construction, and quality
  • Along with the Merchant team, evaluate photo samples for accuracy and execution
  • Oversee concept board and divisional CAD development process for line review presentation
  • Mentor, give direction and share design expertise with team to encourage growth and build the brand
Who You Are
  • 6+ years of design-related experience
  • Strong storytelling / presentation skills and creative direction
  • Hands on design experience- flat and illustrator sketching a must
  • Strong organizational skills - proficiency in Microsoft applications
  • CAD proficiency - Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and/or CAD software a must
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work in a cross functional team environment
  • Athletic / performance design expertise a plus
  • Design Portfolio is a must

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