Under the direction of the Design Director, lead the design of the assigned lucy product category, to create a directional and relevant collection from concept to reality. Utilize technical and creative design skills, knowledge of active product, patternmaking skills and production processes, to create innovative and inspirational designs for lucy. With the Design Director and the Merchandising and Production teams, develop the lucy brand as a leader in the Women’s Active Apparel marketplace – as the expert in style, fit and performance. Bring lucy’s brand vision to life through product.
Years of Related Professional Experience: 7+.
Bachelor's Degree in Apparel Design or equivalent combination of education and experience. 7 years related experience within apparel design. Must have experience designing activewear. Experience managing a design team is preferred. Knowledge of various sport categories is a plus.
Excellent illustration skills and formulating color palettes.
Strong patternmaking and apparel construction knowledge required.
Experience in technical and illustrative sketching.
Excellent knowledge of product cycles.
Need creative solutions that drive financial results.
Desire to work collaboratively with Design, Merchandising and Marketing Teams.
Must be comfortable in a fast paced, deadline driven environment.
Strong organizational and time management skills.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Ability to think creatively, focus on details, and possess a strong commitment
to quality of work.
Proficiency in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Experience in Web PDM a plus.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs and email applications.
Travel - 15%
1. In partnership with the Design Director, lead the design of women’s active product from vision, strategy to execution. Lead the design assigned category as defined by the Design Director. Incorporate innovative designs, appropriate to lucy, directional in the marketplace and relevant to the consumer. Design product in the category as well as managing other Designers in the category. With Design Director anticipate and identify trends and translate into meaningful product and merchandising concepts. Develop color palettes, fabric programs and graphic/print stories. Design and presentation of seasonal concept, trend and color direction. Responsible for preparing presentations and handout materials.
2. Lead seasonal task force to direct and manage special projects – for example: wear test and product innovation programs to elevate lucy label as leader in marketplace. Lead preparation of presentation boards for seasonal design Reviews. Design and maintain seasonal Merchandising boards and handout materials, to include visual line plan, collections by delivery, merchandise layouts. Collect trend information through trade shows, magazine and trend forecasting tools and retail store analysis. Sr. Designer will receive creative input and approval directly from the Design Director.
3. Act as a liaison between design, merchandising and production teams. Work closely with Production and Fit Specialist to produce tech packs for seasonal assortment. Responsible for managing technical line art, detailed drawings, fabric and trim details, construction/spec details, and color comps to complete tech packs. Ensure tech packs are complete, accurate and delivered in a timely manner to Production Team. Act as Design lead for category team in Fit Sessions, and manage follow through on all design updates to tech packs, merchandising boards, etc. Adhere to seasonal product process calendars, and meet all deadlines pertinent to lucy label design and development.
4. Build strong relationships internally and externally and know the business. Lead communication process with cross functional teams. Stay current with general product selling information for both lucy and brand. Communicate effectively across the company, act as Lead in portraying Design’s point of view. Actively share design vision and knowledge. Vision “what’s next” and act as lead resource to develop concepts. Understand GM%, sales goals, and incorporate seasonal learnings into improved design and product performance.