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Mens Apparel Designer, L.L.Bean Signature

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 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 Men's Apparel Designer for the L.L.Bean Signature Brand . L.L.Bean Signature designs clothing, footwear and accessories for men and women, incorporating modern takes on some of the L.L.Bean classics to create a line that is appealing to our Signature target consumer. The successful candidate will focus on product design for Men's apparel for L.L.Bean Signature.
The Designer I participates in the work of the Design area at L.L.Bean, focusing on a small-medium size demand center. Design is responsible for the product aesthetic for all product categories (Core & Signature). 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 TD.
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, colors, fabrics, trim and silhouette direction.
Offers on-brand commercially-viable product ideas.
Creates seasonal trend direction, seasonal trend presentation, seasonal trend and vendor decks.
Identifies and communicates seasonal color palettes.
Supports creation of the product design strategy at a collection level, vs. an item level.
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).
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 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.
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.
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.
Communicates with mills and vendors to ensure fabric and all surface pattern is executed to the very highest standard.
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.
5. General Meetings/Responsibility
Prepares and builds rigs and mannequins for all relevant meetings to clearly show seasonal direction and product ideas.
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.
BA/BS required
3-5 years of relevant experience required
/Facilitation and Communication/
Communicates to cross department group; makes presentations
Verbal: Delivers engaging and clear presentations to leave audience with deeper understanding and knowledge. Includes appropriate level of detail for all audience, including senior-level managers
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. Effectively advocates for ideas but also remains open to others. Demonstrates high discretion and accountability
/Scope of influence/
Team, Cross-functional partners
/Tactical vs. Strategic/
Tasks are a balance of strategic and tactical
/Required Level of Supervision/
Multiple tasks assigned and reviewed only after completion
/Leadership/
No direct reports; may mentor others
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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