Sr. Manager - Design - Accessories

Athleta is creating a new breed of premium, authentically active and fashion-fueled apparel for a life in motion. We connect with women athletes through a unique multi-faceted brand experience that helps her look, feel and be her most amazing.

We're looking for people who find inspiration in the same things we do. Like community. Participation. Empowering others. Working as a team. Never forgetting that work isn't work without a little play - and, of course, being a part of something bigger. At Athleta we're always reaching for amazing - and that challenge is what fuels us.

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The Challenge:

As the Senior Designer for Accessories, you will join the Merchandising Design and Product Development team. You will collaborate with the Design Director and work within the product development time and action calendar to develop, design, and execute private label merchandise for the Athleta Brand direct and retail channels.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Direct current trend and strategy for the Accessories classifications
  • Innovative lead on design and technology in our Accessories categories
  • Competitive shop and research marketplace for hind sighting and inspiration
  • With goal of winning on the intersection of performance and style, collaborate with the Design team to develop and communicate seasonal trend and sport inspiration and direction to Merch and Marketing/Creative teams
  • Collaborate with Merchandising team on timing and pace of customer facing trend messaging
  • Develop key trends and seasonal theme direction for offerings to your classifications and for the Athleta brand for collaboration with the Merchant and Product Development team
  • Participate in color process and color palette edit
  • Offer direction in designing product that executes and creates best 1st proto options
  • Develop and manage creative design and execution of Athleta product within the guidelines of the brand identity
  • Research current bestsellers and trends to develop appropriate style, design, and brand evolution
  • Develop your classifications, within the framework of the assortment plan, to reflect a balance between fashion/trend as well as core and emerging businesses for presentation to and selection by the merchant team
  • Prepare and present thumbnail concepts and line drawings for silhouette review and selection
  • Collaborate with Merchant to merchandise your classification
  • Offer product color recommendations during line coloring process
  • Create first proto sample tech packs and dimension specs to facilitate sampling
  • Manage the trim sourcing and selection process
  • Communicate with vendors on a daily basis on all design detail
  • Complete and update bill of materials at inception and throughout the process
  • With the Merchant team, evaluate all first proto samples for adoption
  • Working with the Technical Design team and Quality Assurance Manager, evaluate all adopted styles for aesthetic, fit, construction, and quality

  • College Degree - BS/BA in Apparel/Fashion Design
  • 8+ years of design related experience (5+ in Performance a must)
  • Experience in accessories design
  • Strong artistic background, portfolio a must
  • Hands on design experience- flat and illustrator sketching a must
  • Strong organizational skills - proficiency in Microsoft applications
  • CAD proficiency - Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and/or CAD software a must
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work in a cross functional team environment
  • Direct to consumer experience a plus

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