Fabric Development Director

New York
Salary will be c £90k depending on experience
10 May 2012
07 Jun 2012
Job Type

The Company

Our client is America's premier accessible luxury accessories brand and a leader in international markets.  They design and market high quality, modern accessories that complement the diverse lifestyles of today's consumer.  They have a fantastic opportunity for a Fabric Development Director to work at their head office in New York.

Fabric Development Director - The Role:

  • To provide a continuous flow of innovative fabric and trim development for a collection. 
  • The Fabric Development Director would be responsible for the development of all new design ideas through to the commercialisation.
  • Work creatively ahead of season to bring newness in fabric and trim development to the design and fabric teams
  • Work with design teams and design development of each area to be sure concepts are being covered and timelines are being met
  • Manage International travel to the Asian and European mills to ensure that the research for the season is in line with required aesthetics
  • Ensure that all global sourcing routes are workable for all fabrics and trims:
  • Ensure the fabric development is in line with sourcing and pricing strategy
  • Partner with VP, DVP and the Fabric Production area to determine what mills to assort development based on mills capabilities and capacities
  • Work with Asian mills to improve capabilities of achieving required aesthetics and advanced techniques
  • Work with design team closely to create fabric reference libraries for both fabric and trims

Fabric Development Director - The Candidate:

  • 10 years research and development experience within textile industry
  • Strong understanding of design and especially woven fabrics
  • Previous experience with global fabric development
  • Solid knowledge of fabric constructions and types
  • Ability to understand mill capabilities to thoroughly direct development into most appropriate locations
  • High energy level, team player with ability to motivate and lead a team
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment

Fabric Development Director - The Package:

  • Salary c £90k + depending on experience
  • Great benefits within a dynamic work environment.

Due to the anticipated interest in this role only short listed candidates will be contacted