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Job Title
ASSOCIATE DESIGNER – Leather Accessories
New York, New York
Zip/Postal Code
United States
NY Metro
Reference Number
AssocDes - StylCar
Position type
Job Function
Design - Fashion/Product

ASSOCIATE DESIGNER – Leather Accessories

Department: Design
Reports To: Design Director of Leather Accessories

Purpose and Scope

John Varvatos is seeking a skilled leather accessories designer
to join our Design team. Our ideal candidate will be
responsible for creating innovative, unique men’s leather
designs true to John Varvatos aesthetics and creatively
differentiated in the marketplace.

Job Responsibilities

• Participates in conceptual development of line from start to
finish, focusing on specific classifications

• Proactively drive the innovation and creative direction of
accessories line, in alignment with strategic goals and
overall creative direction

• Works closely with the Design Director to create innovative
product designs that appeal to targeted consumers and
John Varvatos’ design image and product performance

• Develops concepts reflecting seasonal fashion trends
boards and presentations

• Must have previous Product Development and Production
experience to receive all prototypes and assist team with
corrections and timely completion of product

• Researches concepts, materials and color trends

• Prepares design presentations for review meetings

• Ensures product reflects brand DNA

• Communicates construction adjustments and/or pattern
adjustments to factories overseas

• Travels to factories to ensure proper construction

• Special products and projects as assigned

• Must have working knowledge of accessory construction;
requires a knowledge of Bags, Belts, and SLG’

Position Requirements

• Strong work ethic

• Strong communication (written & verbal) and organizational

• Resourceful, hands-on, and able to sense urgency

• Demonstrates knowledge of materials, pattern making and
construction/manufacturing of leather goods

• Must have the ability and experience to hand sketch leather

• Ability to work in a fast paced environment

• Knowledge of CAD, Photoshop and PLM

Education and Training

• Associates degree required/Bachelor’s Degree in design
strongly preferred


• 4-5+ years’ experience in Design

• Strong understanding of Leather Accessories construction

• Must have the ability and experience to hand sketch
handbags/small leather goods

• Strong hand sketching and illustration skills

The heartbeat of any brand is its people. The John Varvatos
culture is full of passion, creativity and rock ‘n’ roll! With
many opportunities for growth and career development, we are a
company that has ambitious plans for growth, and each individual
plays a vital role in achieving our goals. We recognize each
individual’s contributions and treat each other with dignity,
respect and fairness.

Your application, resume and qualifications will be reviewed by
the Human Resources Department. If your skills and experience
match the requirements for the position, the Human Resources
Department will contact you directly. John Varvatos Enterprises,
Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.