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Technical Design Associate (Men's Leathergoods & SLGs)


New York, NY, US

Coach is a global fashion house founded in New York in 1941. Inspired by the vision of Creative Director Stuart Vevers and the inclusive and courageous spirit of our hometown, we make beautiful things, crafted to last—for you to be yourself in.

Coach is part of the Tapestry portfolio – a global house of brands committed to stretching what’s possible.

A member of the Tapestry family, we are part of a global house of brands that has unwavering optimism and is committed to being innovative and wholly inclusive. Visit Our People page to learn more about Tapestry's commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity.


Technical Design Associate, Men’s Lifestyle and SLGs


  • Key communicator of technical information in regards to achieving design aesthetic intent and clarity of design card information from DC handoff through product approval
  • Maintain all elements of a Design Card through development process: clean sketches,  dimensions, & proportions, materials placement, alternate views, detail view, hardware and thread list
  • Review samples for corrections including aesthetics, dimensions, hand feel, functionality and workmanship.
  • Own design card scrub on behalf of Design for technical accuracy and suggest options to achieve aesthetic intent and insure design elements are consistent across collections
  • Execute and update all Design Card updates from proto through to commercialization
  • Create full scale technical construction sketches and specs to build cohesive collections
  • Maintain established standards, details (including hardware) and integrity of the product. Provide technical callouts while reviewing line in its entirety to ensure consistency.
  • Create CADs for color options, color blocking
  • Create full scale layouts as needed (ex: artwork layouts, detail specs and proportions)
  • Execute options, mockups and revisions after Design review (i.e: embossing, scales, artwork placement, engineered embellishment placement, patchwork, details, etc.)
  • Identify, clearly define, and resolve technical issues and partner with PD team to ensure comments are communicated
  • Provide technical insight into new silhouette development
  • Partners with Design and PD to offer options to meet design intent and margin targets for new silhouettes
  • Responsible for delivering all design cards during “Full Offer” handoff for all newness


  • 2-4 years work experience in technical design with focus on handbags/leathergoods
  • Thorough understanding of the design & development process from inception through production; experience working with and in global factories.
  • Leathergoods product construction and engineering required; Advanced knowledge of industry construction standards and manufacturing, including materials (hardware, leather, fabric).
  • Advanced proficiency in Adobe Illustrator; ability to CAD in fast paced environment.
  • Keen attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast paced, fashion retail environment with strong organizational skills. Must be flexible with the ability to self-manage.
  • Excellent problem-solving abilities and resourcefulness. Take initiatives to find creative solutions.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. Collaborative and builds effective relationships.


Our Competencies for All Employees

  • Courage: Doesn’t hold back anything that needs to be said; provides current, direct, complete, and “actionable” positive and corrective feedback to others; lets people know where they stand; faces up to people problems on any person or situation (not including direct reports) quickly and directly; is not afraid to take negative action when necessary.
  • Creativity: Comes up with a lot of new and unique ideas; easily makes connections among previously unrelated notions; tends to be seen as original and value-added in brainstorming settings.
  • Customer Focus: Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; gets first-hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services; acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.
  • Dealing with Ambiguity: Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn’t upset when things are up in the air; doesn’t have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.
  • Drive for Results: Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
  • Interpersonal Savvy: Relates well to all kinds of people, up, down, and sideways, inside and outside the organization; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably.
  • Learning on the Fly: Learns quickly when facing new problems; a relentless and versatile learner; open to change; analyzes both successes and failures for clues to improvement; experiments and will try anything to find solutions; enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks; quickly grasps the essence and the underlying structure of anything.

Our Competencies for All People Managers

  • Strategic Agility: Sees ahead clearly; can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; has broad knowledge and perspective; is future oriented; can articulately paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods; can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.
  • Developing Direct Reports and Others: Provides challenging and stretching tasks and assignments; holds frequent development discussions; is aware of each person's career goals; constructs compelling development plans and executes them; pushes people to accept developmental moves; will take on those who need help and further development; cooperates with the developmental system in the organization; is a people builder.
  • Building Effective Teams: Blends people into teams when needed; creates strong morale and spirit in their team; shares wins and successes; fosters open dialogue; lets people finish and be responsible for their work; defines success in terms of the whole team; creates a feeling of belonging in the team.


Coach is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and we pride ourselves on hiring and developing the best people. All employment decisions (including recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, transfer, training, discipline and termination) are based on the applicant’s or employee’s qualifications as they relate to the requirements of the position under consideration. These decisions are made without regard to age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic characteristics, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship, disability, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or any other legally-recognized protected basis prohibited by applicable law.


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Tapestry, Inc. will provide applicants and employees with reasonable accommodation for disabilities or religious beliefs. If you require reasonable accommodation to complete the application process, please contact Tapestry People Services at 1-855-566-9264 or


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BASE PAY RANGE $60,000.00 TO $72,000.00 Annually
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Req ID:  113943

Nearest Major Market: Manhattan
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

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