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Director, Design Handbags Outlet

Kate Spade

New York, NY, US

Since its launch in 1993 with a collection of six essential handbags, Kate Spade New York has always stood for optimistic femininity. Today, the brand is a global life and style house with handbags, ready-to-wear, jewelry, footwear, gifts, home décor and more. Polished ease, thoughtful details and a modern, sophisticated use of color—Kate Spade New York’s founding principles define a unique style synonymous with joy. 


Kate Spade New York is part of the Tapestry portfolio – a global house of brands powered by optimism, innovation, and inclusivity.


Job Title: Director, Design Handbags Outlet


The successful individual will leverage their proficiency in design to...

  • Responsible for managing the design process from conception through production
  • Responsible for market / trend research
  • Actively participates in the conceptual development of product lines (i.e., ability to communicate and sell ideas/concepts)
  • Works closely with the VP and the print team to conceptualize seasonal prints
  • Provides recommendations regarding seasonal themes, edits to line, new concepts, etc.
  • Ensures that product is of high quality and consistent with market trends, as well as business strategy
  • Works with technical design team and product development team to ensure design packages are complete and accurate
  • Partners with merchandising to assort line and develop product appropriate for each channels business needs
  • Some travel for research and/or product development is potentially required
  • Executes corrections as needed; works with merchandising and production to find appropriate solutions to cost or construction issues
  • Works closely with team members on day-to-day basis to give direction and build their design skills
  • Works closely with the Creative Studio Director to ensure process fluidity and to develop seasonal color palette, new materials and prints.
  • Partners with the VP and the Creative Studio Director for seasonal color development



The accomplished individual will possess...

  • College degree in fashion design or a related field preferred
  • 10+ years design experience
  • Experience designing handbags in luxury or high end designer market
  • Strong computer knowledge, including adobe illustrator
  • Exceptional leadership, communication and organizational skills required
  • Ability to hand sketch
  • Strong design and conceptual skills
  • Excellent sense of trends, style and color
  • Strong understanding of print development and how this translates to Leathergoods
  • Shape building skills required
  • SLG experience a plus
  • Thorough knowledge of raw materials
  • Strong handbag construction knowledge required
  • Understanding of merchandising as it relates to sales and store environment


Our Competencies for All Employees

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Perseverance: Pursues everything with energy, drive, and a need to finish; seldom gives up before finishing, especially in the face of resistance or setbacks.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • Managerial 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.


Kate Spade 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 the 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. Visit Kate Spade at


Req ID:  89810

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