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Director, Design- Ready to Wear- Dresses/Soft Wovens

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 Director owns the entire design process from initial inspiration to final prototype, and is fully responsible for the entire product life-cycle including market trend research, inspiration, hand sketching, computer flat sketching, garment specifications, fit, and ensuring that product is designed to meet target customer's fit criteria
  • Create and execute on the vision of the Creative Director and VP, ensuring that the product is consistent with market trends, while maintaining the brand identity and overall business strategy.
  • Must have strong knowledge and understanding of the Kate Spade product and client, with a keen ability to make decisions and implement strategy based on new information and evolving trends.
  • Responsible for all soft styles in the apparel assortment across all RTW areas of the brand (mainline, casual and collection) but to work closely with other members of the apparel design team to ensure a cohesive product line is realized; provide recommendations regarding seasonal themes and edits to the line. 
  • Provide direction for color ways, fabric, and trim direction selection.
  • Build strong relationships with the merchandising team to define seasonal framework and ensure that creative ideas and business goals are aligned
  • Partner with the product development team to establish a full working knowledge of raw materials and finishes specific to the structured apparel product; partner with production in achieving desired outcome
  • Possess strong knowledge of garment construction and conduct fit sessions to help solve all problems that may occur during proto sample stage; responsible for final approval of sample fit to ensure production-ready market samples
  • Possess strong knowledge of garment construction and lead fit sessions to help solve all problems that may occur during proto sample and market stage; responsible for final approval of sample fit to ensure production-ready market samples
  • Some overseas travel required


  • Bachelor’s degree in fashion design or related field required.
  • 8+ years related design experience across multiple brands.
  • In depth understanding of Kate Spade brand and ability to translate it into commercial product
  • Thorough knowledge of silhouettes, fabrication, construction techniques, and trim.
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable in a fast paced environment
  • Adheres to time-lines and provides solutions in a timely manner
  • Ability to design around concept direction

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:  57978

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