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Job Title
Designer (Woven, Knits and Black Label)
Location
Fort Myers, Florida
Zip/Postal Code
33966
Country
United States
Region
Southeast
Position type
Freelance/Contract
Category
Apparel
Retail
Job Function
Design - Fashion / Product
Design - Textiles
Experience level
Mid to Senior Level
Education level
Bachelor's Degree

Designer (Woven, Knits and Black Label)

POSITION OBJECTIVE:

The Designer creates and develops unique product that is brand appropriate while being modern and cutting edge, balances core and trend items, and enhances through the details which set the product apart from other brands. The designed product complements the assortment and creates an imaginative, cohesive collection that reinforces the seasonal mood and direction.

FUNCTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Interpret trends through the      design and development of Chico’s brand appropriate assortment including      all design elements which make the product unique and special, such as      trims, labels and details, while maintaining a balance between fashion and      core items.
  • Manage multiple seasons at      different stages of development while driving the development calendar and      adhering to the T&A.
  • Research and develop key yarns      and fabrics, print and pattern and trims for area working with Fabric      Specialist and CAD Artist.
  • Stay abreast of trends, both      directional and retail, and evolves the product by updating, embellishing      and eliminating appropriate product to ensure a cutting edge assortment.
  • Work with Director on total      concept and create and implement seasonal direction and mood for      assortment.
  • Maintain awareness of direction      of other classifications in order to use knowledge and apply to bigger      picture.
  • Identify and work directly with      Tech Designers in the creation of key fashion silhouettes while      maintaining a fit that represents the brand and the customer.
  • Communicate on a regular basis      with vendors on the development of the product throughout the design      process.
  • Partner with Merchants and      Product Managers throughout the development process.
  • Travel to vendors to work on      development and execution of product.
  • Travel quarterly to industry      shows, research trend and print direction, and to vintage and sample      shops.
  • Manage, mentor, and develop      Design Assistants and Associates.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 4-Year College Degree Preferred
  • 5-7 years’ in the Apparel design industry, preferably contemporary market
  • Excellent silhouette and trend forecasting ability
  • Outstanding sketching and presentation skills
  • Strong sense and passion for print, pattern and details that make the brand and product unique
  • Affinity for working in a team environment
  • Strong management and mentoring skills
  • Exceptional      taste level desired for Brands
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