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Associate Designer - SLGs
New York, New York
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United States
NY Metro
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Design - Fashion / Product

Associate Designer - SLGs


Crisp color, graphic prints and playful sophistication are the hallmarks of Kate Spade & Company. From handbags and clothing to jewelry, fashion accessories, fragrance, eyewear, shoes, swimwear, home decor, desk accessories, stationery, tabletop and gifts, our exuberant approach to the everyday encourages personal style with a dash of incandescent charm. We call it living colorfully.

Kate Spade & Company has more than 450 specialty and outlet shops in 47 countries around the world.  Our colorful products are sold worldwide, in every time zone and on every continent. Whether in San Francisco, Sao Paulo or Shanghai, our shops are always warm and inviting.

Welcome to Kate Spade & Company.



General purpose of the position is to conceptualize, create, and develop designs for outlet handbags and small leather goods.

  • Responsible for managing the design process from conception through production  
  • Responsible for market / trend research and the communication of       design ideas
  • Provide recommendations regarding seasonal themes, edits to line, new concepts, etc.
  • Ensure that product is of high quality and consistent with market trends, as well as business strategy
  • Work with pre-production partner for handbags to ensure design packages are complete and accurate
  • Work collaboratively with the design team to design/spec handbags and small leather good
  • Create highly detailed specs
  • Work with merchandising and sales teams and assist in determining sales needs
  • Collaborate and develop close working relationships with tech design, merchandising, production, the CAD team, sourcing offices and vendors to ensure the quality, delivery and business practices are achieved and upheld
  • Elevated taste level


  • Minimum 3-5 years experience

  • College degree in fashion design or a related field preferred
  • Experience designing handbags  and /or apparel
  • Strong computer knowledge, including adobe illustrator and photoshop
  • Strong ability to hand sketch
  • Knowledge of raw materials, as well as, construction techniques
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Elevated taste level


Kate Spade & Company is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer: Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran