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Free People: Senior Designer

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Founded in 1984, Free People (www.FreePeople.com) is a women’s fashion label that operates whole­sale, retail, and direct-to-consumer businesses.  The retail and wholesale presence encompasses over 75 stores in the United States as well as three wholesale showrooms whose teams have cultivated relationships with over 1,400 specialty boutiques and department stores across the globe. In addition, we produce a direct-to-consumer catalog and website, providing an inspiring shopping experience for the carefree, confident, and curious young woman who appreciates our distinctive assortment of apparel and accessories.

Title Designer

Reports to Senior Designer Overview

The Free People Designer’s main goal is to create and execute designs that represent the unique style of the Free People customer.

Responsibilities

  • Initiate and complete line plan requirements on a seasonal basis for category
  • Globally source and shop raw materials markets
  • Find materials that are within budget guidelines, to develop
  • Present materials to Design Director and Buyers and prepare for design meetings
  • Design silhouettes and select trims and colors for approved materials
  • Set-up spec sheets for all chosen silhouettes
  • Communicate construction details to Production Manager and Vendors
  • Create and complete technical sketches for all silhouettes to be developed
  • Travel to factories for development and execution of programs
  • Attend follow-up meetings for all products and/or train Design Assistant to fulfill this responsibility
  • Communicate any changes with Production department
  • Attend all design meetings for pertinent product
  • Report status of all projects and issues to Production Manager on a daily basis to ensure all product deadlines are met
  • Supervise Design Assistant on a daily basis to support your workload
  • Motivate and encourage them to be creative and to facilitate your needs
  • Delegate the routine job requirements to free up more time for the creative aspect of your job responsibilities.

Qualifications

  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to effectively collaborate with partners in Merchandising, Production, and Free People Design
  • Ability to successfully work in a team environment
  • Ability to respond to business objectives with creative, innovative, and cost-effective design solutions
  • Ability to research and report on industry trend direction, color direction, and fabric innovations approximately 9-12 months ahead of season
  • Ability to recognize and accurately forecast fashion and cultural trends as they relate to the Free People target customer
  • Ability to sketch

Education A Bachelors degree is expected. Location Philadelphia, PA

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Free People: Senior Designer
Organization: Free People
Location: Philadelphia, PA