Kellwood

Director of Sweater Design, LA

US-CA-Los Angeles
Position Type
Regular Full-Time

Overview

Vince is a leading contemporary fashion brand best known for modern effortless style and everyday luxury essentials. Established in 2002, the brand now offers a wide range of women's and men's apparel, women's and men's footwear. Vince products are sold in prestigious locations worldwide, including approximately 2,500 points of distribution across 38 countries. With corporate headquarters in New York and its design studio in Los Angeles, the Company has 41 company-operated full-price retail stores, 14 company-operated outlet stores, an e-commerce site, and in international business with a showroom in Paris.

 

Vince is searching for talent to contribute to the future development of the brand who have passion, creativity, and an entrepreneurial spirit. As a company, we are committed to offering our employees a challenging and rewarding work environment, opportunities for growth and development, a customer focused culture, a community to “give-back”, and competitive pay and benefits.

 

Position Description:

 

The Director of Women’s Sweaters Design will report to the Creative Director, Women’s Design. In partnership with the Creative Director, he/she will be responsible for: leading and managing the Women’s Sweaters Design Team in the process of design creation for Women’s RTW collections at Vince.

 

Responsibilities

  • Exemplify the Vince Values – Vision, Integrity, Passion, Collaboration and Excellence
  • Brand Vision and Directives

In partnership with the Creative Director:

  • Define the conceptual development/style of the Women’s Sweaters line which will delight the customer and drive the growth of our overall business
  • Ensure that all designs adhere to the brand image and overall brand identity
  • Ensure that product is consistent with market trends as well as business strategy; interpreting domestic/international concepts and fashion trends as they relate to demands in the market, the brand image, and the business strategy
  • Prepare presentation materials for line previews and buy meetings
  • Present design direction to the divisions and Senior Executives
  • Process Development and Implementation
  • Implement a process which ensures effectiveness and productivity
  • Direct all phases of the creative process of Women’s Sweaters from concept through design production including market research, mood board creation, designing, and sketching
  • Leadership/Team Building
  • Provide strong direction and leadership to the Women’s Sweaters design team
  • Train, motivate and evaluate the team and continue to provide top quality designs and product
  • Manage Designers throughout the sampling process
  • Cross-Functional Partnership
  • Create and maintain strong, positive relationships with cross-functional partners
  • Partner with the Merchandising and Product Development teams to determine a strategic direction of sweaters that will help develop the business further

Qualifications

 

  • BA/BS/BFA Degree required
  • Must have Contemporary Apparel experience in sweaters and knits
  • Must be a talented designer with at least 7 years of Women’s sweaters experience
  • Must have a deep understanding of the US market trends and customer demands in both retail and wholesale
  • Must have experience working in a Global Brand
  • Strong understanding of the Contemporary Market, Vince brand and our female customer
  • Must be focused on results
  • Clear understanding of developing and implementing process and P2M calendar
  • Must have a balance between creativity and strategic mindset
  • Strong management skills with an understanding of end-to-end design process
  • Ability to lead, grow, and develop designers at all levels
  • Experience developing a brand identity as it relates to ready to wear
  • Understanding and knowledge of fabrics, sketch potential and color potential
  • Strong conceptual creative ability
  • Strong collaboration and influencing skills
  • Must be driven, with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Ability to multi-task and create multiple lines at once
  • Clear communication skills
  • Proficient in Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and MS Office

Compensation:

 

The successful candidate will enjoy a competitive compensation package which may include short and/or long term incentives, clothing allowance, and merchandise discount, in addition to base salary and full health and welfare benefits. 

 

Vince strives to maintain a diverse workplace and does not discriminate against any employee or job applicant because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, physical or mental disability, or age.

 

Vince is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer, M/F/D/V

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