The GIII Apparel Group

Senior Designer, Handbags and Small Leathergoods - Calvin Klein



About Calvin Klein Handbags & Accessories, a Division of G-III Apparel Group

Refined, polished handbag styles from backpacks and crossbody bags to duffels and totes with exceptional quality and a unique modern aesthetic. Crafted with leather, faux leather, nylon, canvas and more, our women's bags offer the finest in classic looks and on-trend silhouettes. Whether for casual wear, work or special occasions, Calvin Klein women's handbags are designed to enhance the customer's collection and elevate her personal style.


About G-III Apparel Group

Behind every great company is an even better story. Ours began in 1956, when Aron Goldfarb came to the United States with a European master craftsman's skill and an unwavering desire to succeed. Aron founded G&N Sportswear, and in 1972 his son, Morris Goldfarb, current Chief Executive Officer, joined the Company.


Today, G-III Apparel Group, is a leading manufacturer and distributor of apparel and accessories under licensed brands, owned brands and private label brands with an entrepreneurial culture that flows throughout the comprehensive portfolio of over 30 licensed and proprietary brands, including Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Kenneth Cole, Cole Haan, Guess?, Tommy Hilfiger, Karl Lagerfeld, Levi's, Dockers, Jessica Simpson, Vince Camuto, Ellen Tracy, Kensie, Ivanka Trump, and G.H. Bass, among others. G-III also has licenses with the four major professional sports leagues, as well as over 100 U.S. colleges and universities. In addition, G-III currently designs, manufactures and markets an extensive range of apparel, including outerwear, dresses, sportswear, beachwear, women's suits and women's performance wear, as well as luggage and women's handbags, small leather goods and various accessories.


Still located in the center of New York City's Garment District, G-III's goals for the future are consistent with its storied past, to produce great products that enable it to reach a broad spectrum of consumers; partner with nationally recognized brands to appeal to a brand conscious apparel market; and, perhaps most importantly, engage the entrepreneurial spirit that got it here by constantly seeking attractive new licenses and acquisitions to expand its reach and abilities. 


Reporting to the VP of Design & Development fort Calvin Klein Handbags & Accessories, the Senior Designer, Handbags and Small Leathergoods will create and design a competitive fashion handbag and small leathergoods product line that strikes a balance between relevant commercial product and brand right emotional fashion that will collectively grow the business according to the Calvin Klein brand strategic and financial objectives. It is an exciting time to be a part of building a fashion relevant, brand aesthetic with a sharp viewpoint aimed at delighting the Calvin Klein customer


Key Responsibilities:

  • Merchandises a fully balanced line building from conceptual research, sketches to final approved prototypes
  • Pulls swipes, identifies inspiration styles and trends to illustrate line development
  • Sketches technical handbag and SLG drawings including hardware and bag interior based on the Line Plan for each market
  • Shops for seasonal inspirational each season
  • Contributes to color palette and materials development for each collection
  • Communicates daily with overseas offices regarding the status of the product development and approvals
  • Works closely with sales and merchandising teams to monitor sales trends
  • Creates tech packs for branded hardware/embellishment layouts and constructions
  • Communicates with sourcing and production teams to ensure costing goals are achieved
  • Serves as brand and Company ambassador with overseas factories and vendors


Application Requirements:

Resume/CV AND Work Samples (Attached or with Reference to Portfolio/Website URL) Required for Initial Consideration


Professional Knowledge, Qualifications & Experience:

  • 5 to 7 years of experience with proven commercial success in women's contemporary handbag design, required
  • Expert understanding of development process with technical skill proficiency using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, required
  • Demonstrated ability to sketch technical handbag drawings with knowledge of varied constructions spanning ALL categories
  • Critical ability to executive technical design packages with translation of all details for factory execution including corrections
  • Collaborate with Product Development team for critical review and approval of pre-production and top of production samples
  • Strong fashion sense and the critical ability to identify and interpret trends and translate runway aesthetic to commercial success
  • Keen attention to detail, strong organizational skills and ability to take independent action to achieve objectives
  • Calendar savvy with proven ability to manage competing priorities, stakeholder agendas and relationships to meet milestones
  • Manage confirmation sample approval process to meet 2-week post market time and action standard
  • Confident, capable, highly effective cross-functional written/verbal communication, teaming and interpersonal skills
  • Proven ability to train, develop, manage, retain and attract high-performing talent and to lead individuals and teams by example
  • Experienced, independent China-specific global traveler with flexibility to travel as business demands

Educational Background

  • Bachelor's or technical degree in Design, preferred or equivalent work experience


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