The GIII Apparel Group

  • Hardware Designer

    US-NY-New York
  • Overview

    GIII 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 Andrew Marc, 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.


    GIII 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.


    GIII Apparel Group is currently seeking a Hardware Designer to join it's New York City based team!


    • Research global markets to be aware of hardware trend and techniques; communicate trend direction to factories and China team
    • Understand the market aesthetic and translate it into appropriate handbag, footwear and Ready to Wear hardware and graphics for all printed materials
    • Own the hardware product design process from sketching through production with clear, daily communication with factories in Asia
    • Maintain hardware and materials library in partnership with attention to pricing and factory details
    • Create hardware design and specs, full tech packs on all new print/hardware layouts and hardware mechanics pre-prodiction revisions
    • Manage development and counter sourcing/counter pricing for all new hardware and printed materials


    • 5 to 7 years of experience of handbag-specific hardware/footwear design experience
    • Proven commercial success in women’s HARDWARE design
    • Expert understanding of development process with technical skill proficiency using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, and 3D
    • Demonstrated ability to sketch technical handbag HARDWARE drawings for 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
    • Manage confirmation sample approval process to meet 2-week post market time and action standard
    • Confident, capable, highly effective cross-functional written/verbal communication, team and interpersonal skills
    • Bachelor's or technical degree in Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, preferred or equivalent work experience


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