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DESIGNER, MEN'S POLO-RW - 21451 New York, NY

Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE: RL) is a leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products in four categories: apparel, home, accessories and fragrances. For nearly 50 years, Ralph Lauren's reputation and distinctive image have been consistently developed across an expanding number of products, brands and international markets.

Purpose and Scope: To design desirable, innovative and quality garments that meet the Ralph Lauren aesthetic and distinguish the Polo RW from its competitors.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Product design:
    • Work with senior design team to create product that fits the design brief and is brand appropriate.
    • Create presentation boards and research boards for meetings with senior design team.
    • Run design meetings, manage updates and line lists post meetings.
    • Hand/Computer sketch design ideas to present to senior design and Merchandising.
    • Be pro active in finding new research, contemporary or vintage, actual or tears
    • Have a flexible design style, able to comfortably work on a diverse range of RW product types; rugged to preppy, modern to techie.
    • Design and develop washes
    • Work with Fabric/trim teams to developments new and innovative items.
    • Manage fabric and trim H/O’s,
    • Adhere to corporate calendar timing.
    • Coach, manage and provide leadership for juniors.
    • Manage all phases of garment design and definition, from design to in store, inc; fittings and sample production oversight overseas.
  • Product development
    • Translate sketches and ideas into computer technical sketches.
    • Create drawn package for factories to work from, also 3D mock ups.
    • Work with Product Development teams who are responsible for communicating with overseas sourcing offices and factories
    • Participate in fittings, proto revisions and all relevant updates required.
  • Merchandising and Line Editing
    • Work with merchandising team to develop a balanced line that includes product that fills design and merchandising requirements.
    • Collaborate with team to keep ahead of business requirements.
  • Communication
    • Be able to speak to product, and keep open communication, with all cross functional partners.
    • Be able to communicate with senior design team, about new found inspiration, product direction, industry trends and performance objectives of each designed product.
    • Create agendas for touch base meetings with Manager to review design, trends, developments, approvals and status.

Qualifications:

  • Must have a degree in Fashion Design or a related subject
  • Minimum 5 years Industry experience in RW Design.
  • Knowledge and interest in historical & vintage garments is essential.
  • Some knowledge of technical garments is required.
  • Experienced with Illustrator, photoshop.
  • Knowledge of performance and technical pattern making, garment construction, fit and execution.
  • Ability to select and develop fabrics and trims applicable to the product
  • Knowledge of product Development, Merchandising and Product Management
  • Able to work well with others to build a solid, positive work environment and be extremely organized.

Ralph Lauren is an equal opportunity employer. We offer dynamic career opportunities with growth potential and a generous company discount.