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Job Title
VP, DESIGN (Kid's)
New York, New York
United States
NY Metro
Position type
Job Function
Design - Fashion/Product
Experience level
Mid to Senior Level (Management)
Education level
Bachelor's Degree

VP, DESIGN (Kid's)


Specific Responsibilities

The VP of Design oversees all facets of the seasonal design strategy and development process, from concept to delivery, by managing a cross functional team of designers to create original, trend-appropriate design concepts that meet market needs and drive sales; partnering with production to ensure on-budget, on-time delivery of quality goods; collaborating with sales to create and execute an appropriate merchandise plan; and managing and motivating teams.

Strategy & Innovation

  • Shop for and source samples and inspiration; perform research to isolate key, relevant trends for each category or brand, where appropriate and new fabrications to be adapted for each merchandise category; review and provide perspective on competitive analysis, fabric and concept boards, mock-ups, color-ups and inspirational photos for presentations.
  • Oversee and review development of initial seasonal design concepts in context of larger assortment and cost structure; review and provide perspective on style plans; coordinate among design teams to ensure brand cohesiveness, where appropriate, across categories.
  • Determine aesthetic of each brand and work collaboratively with the Designer to achieve that look. 

Operations & Results

  • Supervise creation of Illustrator sketches; approve specification sheets and line sheets; review product development logs, line sheets and boards for consistency; approve raw materials and trims.
  • Sign off on lab dips and ensure consistency with color standards and licensor directives, where appropriate; approve prints and graphics where appropriate; oversee fit process.
  • Oversee fit sessions; identify and resolve quality and technical issues.
  • Manage overall workflow in the sample room.
  • SKU Planning.

 Customers & Relationships

  • Maintain relationships with collaborators and competitors; attend trade shows and industry events.
  • Oversee creation of style plans and design to meet sales needs and emerging trends; partner with merchandising and sales to identify new product opportunities; ensure execution to time-and-action calendar; coordinate among design teams to ensure brand cohesiveness, where appropriate, across categories.
  • Collaborate with sales to merchandise and style showroom; present line to senior management and key accounts and buyers; partner with sales and brand management, where applicable, on collateral for in-store marketing needs.
  • Direct communication and follow-up with internal and external customers and partners, including suppliers, vendors and licensors, where applicable; maintain relationships with existing partners in production and tech to source new suppliers and vendors.
  • Manage communication with manufacturers and suppliers around the world.

 Leadership & Teams

  •  Lead, train and motivate team of full-time, part-time and freelance designers; strategize staffing needs across categories and brands, where appropriate.
  • Contribute positively to team dynamic and manage up where necessary.
  • Attract, develop and retain talent; create appropriate succession plans.
  • Monitor and evaluate performance of individuals and team(s).
Skills and Requirements
  • Superior organizational skills and excellent communication skills; team oriented.
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines; highly detail oriented, meticulous and creative.
  • Creativity, technical capability and sensibility for merchandising; strong ability to sketch.
  • Managerial skills a must in order to motivate and support team.
  • Extensive knowledge of garment construction, pattern making, silhouettes, color ways, sewing techniques, fabrication and trim; familiarity with print design and manufacturing.
  • Working knowledge of Ai, Photoshop and InDesign.
  • Understanding of fit, construction and fabrics.
  • Understanding of all printing processes as we as screen techniques.
  • Understanding of the Clubs business.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design.
  • 10 - 12 years experience in apparel design; significant relevant experience in category.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office, Adobe products, CAD and Mac computers.