Manage new product life cycles through trend research, vendor art management, merchandising plans, and web integration.
Assist in trend research seasonally to give guidance to vendor art departments and freelance graphic designers for new product concepts
Coordinate designs and prototypes with vendors, ensuring proper, timely execution and quality control. Including creating detailed tech specs and developing artwork
Review and edit incoming design concepts to ensure commercial viability and adherence to brand standards, cost matrix, product quality and uniqueness to the brand.
Maintain and understand brand aesthetic in the development of an innovative product line and brand standard guidelines
Work collaboratively with Buying Team to identify and develop items and plan assortments to accomplish product strategy
Coordinate approvals with the Director of Product Development, Buyer, Artist and other appropriate entities
Access the competition with respects to financial conditions, trends, marketing and product strategy
Ensure appropriate use of trademarks and copyrights.
Manage product photography and product information uploads (and removal as necessary) to the ecommerce sites in a timely manner
Must be flexible in accepting assignments and direction, each of which can change to meet the needs of the business at any time.
College degree in Apparel Design, Product Design and Graphic Design and/or Fashion Merchandising.
Knowledge of product development processes and industry trends in accessories, apparel, home goods, giftware, and glassware.
Highly creative with the ability to filter such creativity through the reality of brands and consumer.
Strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task, manage time efficiently to ensure deadlines are met.
Strong communications skills – both verbal and written with the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships and enlist support with other management staff, employees and others with whom the company conducts business.
Minimum 3 years’ experience in product design.
Intermediate to expert Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop.
Graphic Design and Flat Sketching skills preferred.
Experience with NetSuite preferred.
Strong computer skills.
Be knowledgeable of industry and competitive trends; interpret trends for our brands and consumer.