Senior Designer, Active Apparel

Company Name:
L. L. Bean, Inc.
Leon Leonwood Bean (L.L. Bean) founded his business on a passion for the outdoors, a profound belief in honesty, and an unwavering commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. Those core values, coupled with a genuine excitement for the work we do, are why L.L.Bean has been a trusted source for quality apparel, reliable outdoor equipment and expert advice for over 100 years.
If you have a talent for bringing new and exciting products to life - with presentations that incorporate great creativity while always keeping results and the brand at the forefront - we're looking for you! We are currently seeking a Senior Designer for Active Apparel . The successful candidate will conduct and may lead the work of the design area of Men's and Women's Active apparel.
Key accountabilities include:
Creating product aesthetic inclusive of color, pattern and silhouette.
Partnering with Product Developers and Corporate Merchants in conducting market research to evaluate competitive set, identify seasonal trends, and decide on seasonal concept direction.
Collaborating with Product Development to select fabric color and trims & relate them to the product design, function and silhouette.
Creating seasonal corporate color palettes and ensuring on-brand, commercial color direction and color compositions.
Creating and designing silhouette, silhouette direction and garment styling; collaborating with Corporate Merchants to recommend fit block to technical design.
Creating and deciding on brand appropriate / viable surface pattern and print direction.
Job Tasks:
1. Strategy (Product Aesthetic, Seasonal Concept Direction, Product Strategy)
Builds and creates seasonal concept and mood boards to establish and identify key looks, trends, concepts, color, fabric, trim and silhouette direction (or oversees execution by assistant).
Identifies and communicates seasonal color palettes.
Creation of corporate seasonal design themes - including silhouette, print, pattern and graphic direction. Ensures cohesive approach across multiple categories if applicable.
Creation of seasonal trend direction, seasonal trend presentation, seasonal trend and vendor decks.
Ensures consistency of the highest level of design across all products and categories.
2. Market Research Aesthetic Inspiration and Trend (Conduct Market Research, International Travel)
Researches and develops brand appropriate trends and product ideas.
Conduct research on market and competitive brands - domestic travel for inspiration and trade shows (NY Spin Expo/Premier Vision/Print Source).
May travel internationally for R&D (Ispo/Stockholm, etc.)
Travel to Asia to meet with mills and vendors for research and product development and to ensure all product is commercialized to the very highest standards.
3. Upfront Planning
Works with CM (Corporate Merchandise) Managers/DMM to ensure viability of products and product opportunity fills need within the assortment.
Selects fabric direction for handfeel, drape aesthetic and partners closely with Product Developers to ensure vision of design, margin and target price is met.
Meets with color and trend services to establish seasonal concept and trends.
Meets with print and pattern vendors to establish seasonal surface pattern direction.
4. Core Work
Applies knowledge and expertise to ensure consistency and cohesiveness of line through perfect pairings and cohesive look of the collection and key looks.
Introduces new and on brand silhouettes and styling details every season.
Selects all materials and works with lab to ensure trim passes testing (or oversees the selection of trims by others).
Works with graphics department to instigate graphic and surface pattern direction.
Present fresh and commercial color and pattern for key items and relist programs to ensure they look fresh and commercial each season.
Partners primarily with CM Managers on: key product ideas to maximize potential of the assortment, lead the direction of the line / Category, and collaborates to position product lifestyle, wearing occasion and Fit Bucket.
Communicates with mills and vendors to ensure fabric and all surface pattern is executed to the very highest standard, or oversees others' communication.
Send out color cards and approve lab dips, strike offs, etc.
Develop print/pattern/graphics packages for product and hangtags/packaging.
Present sketches and proto samples at appropriate check-ins and meetings.
Create and update an accurate pre-production BOM and CC in Lawson.
Pitches and calls out repeat with all requirements for patterns and prints.
Partner with PD (Product Development) to finalize product details with vendors.
In collaboration with PD, creates comprehensive development spec packages and selects Fit Block suitable for wearing occasion.
Ensures robust hand off to Technical Design.
Attends all fittings to provide relevant feedback regarding fit and styling.
Ensure integrity of design aesthetic and conformance to selected fit block suitable for wearing occasion.
Attends Retail walkthroughs to ensure retail presentation meets design intent.
Attends Print / Web walkthroughs to ensure presentation meets design intent.
5. General Meetings/M2M Meetings Responsibility
Prepares and builds rigs and mannequins for all relevant meetings to clearly show seasonal direction and product ideas, or oversees the meeting preparation.
Ensures all milestones are achieved and successful. Attends to align on key strategies, initiatives & actions.
Health and Safety Requirement: Ensures compliance with the L.L.Bean Comprehensive Health and Safety program by knowing and following all safety guidelines, policies, procedures and expectations. Take immediate and appropriate action to rectify any unsafe conditions. Ensure compliance of front line employees with comprehensive health and safety program.
BA/BS required
8-10 years of relevant experience required
/Facilitation and Communication/
Facilitates cross functional communications. Presents ideas; influences others. Solicits input and drives decisions.
Verbal: Translates the big picture into clear, compelling goals and expected outcomes. Communicates appropriately for the message and audience, including frequent informal, timely, two-way communication.
Written: Produces excellent presentation material that enhances ability of audience to understand and act upon information. Proactively leverages written communications to keep others informed.
/Influence and Collaboration/
Builds collaborative relationships in order to support win-win outcomes. Sought out as a trusted expert. Role model in the department. Effectively advocates for ideas but also remains open to others.
Demonstrates high discretion and accountability.
/Scope of influence/
Team, Cross-functional partners, Internal/External Vendors, Senior Leadership.
/Tactical vs. Strategic/
Tasks are more strategic than tactical. Conducts decision support.
/Required Level of Supervision/
Major projects are reviewed in terms of achieving the goals, generally extended over the long term.
/Budget Responsibility/
Proactively manages sample and travel budget for category.
Sought out as a mentor; may coach and supervise others, i.e. interns, Asst./Assoc./Designer I.
L.L.Bean offers a competitive salary and benefits package including medical, dental, 401(k), and a significant (25-40%) discount. For more details, please refer to the benefits section on our website at
All exempt salaried full-time corporate positions are eligible for relocation benefits, based on eligibility.
/We recognize the importance of diversity in creating a better world and a stronger organization. L.L.Bean is an equal opportunity employer./

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