Senior Fashion Designer

St. John Knits
Irvine, CA, USA
Posted 23 days ago
$130,000 — $175,000 / year
Full time


The Senior Fashion Designer will combine an innovative approach to textiles with a practical view of the end-products as usable garments. The Senior Designer will oversee the development and sampling of their products. They will lead in creative concept and design of all day and evening categories. This will include style/yarn/gauge selection, specifications and complete day, evening, and knitwear with Merchandising/Design/Sourcing teams. This role reports into the EVP and SVP, Design.


  • Day, evening, and knitwear design from initial conception, revision, and development
  • Participate in weekly line review, departmental, and team meetings as needed to assure strong communication on all creative processes and product related issues
  • Ensure production fits are to our specifications
  • Attend all comparison fittings and first proto fittings on day, evening and knitwear styles
  • Give concise feedback to technical design on how to adjust garments
  • Research and identify trend directions and participate in trend overviews for each season
  • Collaborate with design teams of other categories of the brand for cohesiveness of products
  • Develop day, evening, and knitwear fabrics, color up prints, special trims, and styling details
  • Work to ensure deadlines are met to reach company goals and objectives
  • Work closely with EVP and SVP of Design in all aspects of product development
  • Collaborates cross departmental, Design & Manufacturing, to ensure day, evening and knitwear design development is leading edge in the industry, aesthetically aligned with St. John design concepts, cost effective, and continually assessing and improving processes
  • Support the product development team with tech pack creation
  • Build strong cross-functional relationships with sales and marketing


  • Demonstrates high degree of professionalism in communication, attitude and teamwork with customers, peers, and management.
  • Demonstrates high level of quality work, attendance, and appearance.
  • Adheres to all Company Policies & Procedures and Safety Regulations.
  • Adheres to local, state, and federal laws.
  • Additional responsibilities assigned by supervisor related to your position/department.
  • Ability to work varied hours, nights, days and weekends to support the business needs.
  • Travel throughout the domestic United States and Internationally as business necessitates

**Kindly provide a portfolio link within your resume submission


  • This position does not have supervisory responsibilities


  • Interacts with all levels throughout organization including employees and outside vendors

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The following are the minimum qualifications which an individual needs in order to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.


  • Communication
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Motivator
  • Associate Development
  • Business Acumen
  • Negotiating
  • Professionalism
  • Results Orientated
  • Solutions Orientated
  • Organization
  • Strategic Problem Solving
  • Teamwork
  • Time Management


  • 6 to 10 years of experience in the apparel industry in day, evening and knitwear design; women’s luxury a high plus
  • BA/ BS college degree in Fashion Design specializing in day, evening, and knitwear design
  • Strong experience in yarn gauges, yarn qualities, machinery, and manufacturing of day, evening or knitwear
  • Concrete knowledge of garment construction, fit and execution
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft word, excel, database systems, Photoshop, and illustrator
  • In professional experience traveled, sources & developed a network/contact base in the day, evening, and knitwear industry throughout the US, Europe, and the Far East
  • Ability to speak other languages, in addition to English preferred

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: In general, the following physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to allow differently-abled individuals to perform the essential functions of the job.

· Must be able to see, hear and speak in order to communicate with employees and other customers

· Specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus

· Manual dexterity required using hands to finger; handle, feel and type; reach with hands and arms

· Must be able to lift, move and carry up to 40 lbs

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