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Design Director

Anthropologie - Philadelphia, PA

Posted: October 3rd, 2018


Description

Overview

The Design Director is responsible for creating a seasonal collection of innovative product appropriate for the Anthropologie customer while leading and mentoring the Design team.

Responsibilities

  • Function as leader, mentor, and manager for the design team
  • Creating  fresh, innovative and commercial seasonal collections as well as ongoing fast turn product
  • Collaborate with Executive Creative Director, Brand Director, and DMM’s to ensure outstanding design execution while meeting business objectives
  • Partner with Executive Creative Director on seasonal inspiration, concept direction and trend.
  • Guide the Designers in the development of styles that support the seasonal design concepts and fulfill the needs of the business as outlined by the Buying team 
  • Work closely with other category Design Directors to cross pollinate ideas, outfitting, assortment balance and maintain seasonal design direction
  • Collaborate with Print & Color team on seasonal print & color direction and assortment
  • Facilitate the seasonal development calendar in collaboration with the Design Manager
  • Prepare for and participate in all relevant product meetings
  • Manage the teams’ budgets, ensuring monthly budget requirements are met
  • Oversee branding of the seasonal assortment and work to build, improve, and elevate brand identity

Qualifications:

  • Top creative talent
  • Outstanding taste level with the ability to recognize, forecast, and translate industry trend direction
  • Exceptional leadership skills with the ability to direct Designers in a positive and strategic way while nurturing creativity at all levels
  • Strong understanding of retail business to identify product opportunities and offer innovative design solutions
  • Excellent communication skills to effectively collaborate with partners in Buying, Production, and Design
  • Outstanding creative talent and taste level with the ability to recognize, forecast, and translate industry trend direction
  • Expert technical knowledge of product, raw materials, manufacturing techniques, and processes
  • Strong understanding of the Anthropologie customer aesthetic and product
  • Must have at least 10 years experience in Apparel Design
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About Anthropologie

Anthropologie is a lifestyle brand that imparts a sense of beauty, optimism and discovery to our customer. For her, Anthropologie is an escape from the everyday; it is a source of inspiration and delight, where innovative merchandising, customer centricity and a curated array of products come together to create an unimagined experience.

Anthropologie products are an expression of our customer's appreciation for artfulness and good design. To that end, our buyers and designers travel the world to uncover special products and to collaborate with talented artisans. Our assortment includes clothing, accessories, shoes, beauty, home furnishings, found objects, gifts and décor that exhibit influences ranging from vintage to global.

Founded in 1992, Anthropologie currently operates stores worldwide. The brand launched its mail-order catalog and website in 1998; eleven years later, its first international stores opened in Canada and UK.