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Raw Materials Manager, Ready to Wear

Kate Spade

New York, NY, US

since our launch in 1993 with a collection of six essential handbags, kate spade new york has always stood for optimistic femininity. today, our 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. under the vision of creative director nicola glass, we continue to celebrate confident women with a youthful spirit.

kate spade new york is part of the tapestry house of brands.


The Successful candidate will own the fabric sourcing across the kate spade brand for ready to wear. you will love working directly with the design team to bring creative ideas to reality. you will have the opportunity to work with a variety of beautifully curated materials which are unique, high quality and on-brand. this is an incredible opportunity for someone who values creativity, autonomy and quality product.


Responsibilities: Fabric Sourcing and Development for Ready to Wear and Wovens

  • work alongside the Director – Fabric RTW to stategize developments each season
  • manage all fabric sourcing for mainline and outlet apparel including special projects, press, and runway request
  • work closely with Design and Cad teams on seasonal prints/artwork prior to pass off, identifying basecloths for each program
  • set up weekly follow up meetings with Design team to land seasonal qualities according to price matrix
  • manage daily communication with overseas partners
  • collaborate with the Shoes and Handbag teams when RTW fabrics are utilized across collections
  • retrieve all FDS (fabric details sheets) with validity dates according to bulk buy calendar
  • negotiate initial bulk leadtimes for fabrics with longer leadtimes
  • manage timely strike offs, and handloom requests based on key milestone dates
  • track towards fabric development budget each season
  • spearhead proto yardage process and manage allocation to factories
  • ensure timely delivery of seasonal sample yardage to factory based on key milestone dates
  • distribute seasonal color palettes to key fabric vendors and overseas agent
  • identify potential production issues and initiate fabric testing during the development stage prior to bulk placement
  • maintain up-to-date liability sample yardage inventory to utilize for seasonal protos
  • attend local textile fairs and in house mill appointments with Director to review seasonal lines
  • PLM - responsible for timely data entry into PLM based on key milestone dates
  • ensure all sample yardage cuts and refs are sent to NY for approval for quality, hand and color prior to shipment to factories
  • manage RM assistant’s daily tasks
  • align with cad, design and merchandising teams on final approvals for print, yarn dyes and solids for bulk standard setting
  • assist Fabric Director with bulk standard pass off to PD and overseas agent post market meeting
  • attend weekly RTW Department meeting
  • maintain seasonal and generic fabric libraries


Qualifications: Ideal candidate should have technical understanding of print process as well as general knowledge of fabric types - be able to challenge mills as well as work through recommendations to achieve ideal outcome
-experience working with both European and Asian mills
-working knowledge of both woven and knit qualities

-minimum of 5 year experience
-college degree preferred

kate spade new york 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. visit kate spade new york at #Li-mh1

Req ID:  59137

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