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  • Freelance Designer, Men's Sweaters

    Job Location US-CA-Los Angeles
    Position Type
    Temporary Full-Time
  • Overview

    Established in 2002, Vince is a leading global luxury apparel and accessories brand best known for creating elevated yet understated pieces for every day. The collections are inspired by the brand’s California origins and embody a feeling of warm and effortless style. Vince designs uncomplicated yet refined pieces that approach dressing with a sense of ease. 

     

    Known for its range of luxury products, Vince offers women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags, and home for a global lifestyle. Vince products are sold in prestige locations worldwide. The Company operates 44 full-price retail stores, 14 outlet stores and its e-commerce site, vince.com. The Company is headquartered in New York and operates a design studio in Los Angeles.

     

    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.

     

    Organizational Structure:

     

    The Freelance Designer, Men's Sweaters will report into the VP, Men’s Design. 

    Responsibilities

    • Exemplify the Vince Values – Vision, Integrity, Passion, Collaboration and Excellence
    • Brand Vision and Directives: In partnership with the VP of Men’s Design
      • Define the conceptual development/style of the Men’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 VP of Men’s Design and Creative Director
    • Process Development and Implementation
      • Implement a process which ensures effectiveness and productivity
      • Direct all phases of the creative process of Men’s Sweaters from concept through design production including market research, mood board creation, designing, and sketching
    • 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 5 years of Men’s sweaters experience
    • Must have a deep understanding of the US market trends and customer demands in both retail and wholesale
    • 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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