Location: Foxboro, MA
Responsible to deliver the fashion needs on a wide range of juvenile products by collaborating with the Dorel fashion team on trends and color palettes to interpret US fashion from the European line. Help to re-interpret the European textiles for US market and redevelop with our Asia partners. Understand the consumer, identify color, material, and technology trends, create trend and consumer profile boards, ideation sketching, understand the costing structure as well as assemble tech packs for hand-off to factories. Add design value to the hard goods components that interface with the soft goods execution. Present design concepts, color and material trends, as well as finished goods to executive team as well as external customers. Provide Sales with presentation tools that communicate the vision & strategy of the fashion designed. Complete accurate, clear and complete fashion specifications for each SKU being requested for retailers launch dates. Work with fashion graphic designers to develop new production ready art for looks that are appropriate for new opportunities. Travel internationally to work in factory sample rooms to ensure that products meet design criteria and project deadlines.
Bachelor’s degree in Design or equivalent along with 5+ years of experience designing soft goods in the fashion, accessories, toy, baby gear or related industry. Excellent hand sketching skills - strong 2D and perspective sketching skills, quick concept drawing abilities, strong color rendering skills, understanding and ability to create hand drawn control drawings, understanding and ability to create exploded views, and good sense of materials, color and textures required. Must be able to evaluate design ideas based on factors such as appealing appearance, design-function relationships, serviceability, materials and methods engineering, application, budget, price, production costs, methods of production, market characteristics, and client specifications. Advanced skills in Adobe Illustrator. Proficiency in Photoshop. Proficient working with Microsoft Office. Must have excellent communication skills both written and verbal along with keen listening skills to ensure clear notes and feedback. Must collaborate effectively with others to ensure success across internal fashion team as well as cross-functional and international partners. Strong presentation skills required. Must be extremely organized with a strong attention to detail. Must be proactive and self-motivated, working well under tight deadlines with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously. Domestic and International travel may be required. Must have a positive attitude and be a strong team player in a collaborative environment.
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