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Design Associate, Footwear

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.


primary purpose: As a member of the Women's Footwear Design team, you will be supporting the team from both a creative and technology  driven perspective. The Design Associate –Footwear will support the team with the entire shoe design process, including administrative tasks, assisting with sketches, specs, presentation boards, meeting preparation, and sample management. You will be a part of a dynamic, creative environment where you will collaborate with talented designers and cross-functional partners in the business.


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

  • Assist Women's casual & athletic footwear designer with both technical blueprints and hand sketches during the design season
  • Produce color and material CADs based on a company wide holistic approach to be presented at design reviews
  • Work pro-actively according to the Product Development calendar to stay ahead of timelines
  • Develop partnerships with Design, Product Development& Merchandising to build an integrated working relationship
  • Help with the creation of sample tickets (Specs)
  • Responsible for Design related Administrative tasks, experience with PLM system a bonus
  • Build and maintain an organized project identification system
  • Assist in creating presentation boards for design and merchandising


the accomplished individual will possess...


  • 2-3 years related work experience in graphics and CAD design
  • Bachelor's Degree in Design or related field
  • Knowledge of casual & athletic footwear design
  • Proven ability to sketch
  • Exceptional proficiency in of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and Excel


an outstanding professional will be...


  • Ability to handle multiple priorities (quickly and efficiently) with tight deadlines.
  • Team player with strong communication and organizational skills.
  • Understanding of kate spade aesthetic.


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

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

Req ID:  58305

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