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EXPRESS Designer - Women's Knits in New York, New York

The Brand that Gets You to What’s Next

Express is the vibrant, confident lifestyle brand for ambitious people, providing the latest fashion for style-obsessed men and women since 1980. Our mission is to provide inspiration and confidence through fashion to help people get to what's next in their day, and their lives. With more than 600 retail and outlet stores throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Latin America, and a best-in-class online/mobile shopping experience at, Express brings city-inspired style to customers across the globe.

A Workplace To Match

We think you'll like it here.

We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package, generous associate discount, and casual work environment. Working at Express is much more than the 9 to 5. It is an opportunity to connect and engage with some of the smartest individuals in the fashion business doing work they are passionate about. This is the Express Life and we’re always looking for talented leaders at all levels to join our team; if this sounds like you, we'd love to chat!

Job Summary

The Cut and Sew Knits Designer will work closely with the Design Director to develop initial concepts and maintain inspirational board and working design boards with a balanced assortment for cut and sew knit categories.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Responsible for managing the design process from concept to completion while partnering with the Director to ensure alignment on priorities and direction.

  • Consistently shop and research marketplace, including our competitors for inspirations and opportunities in product, fabric, wash, color and trims.

  • Research identify and present trend direction.

  • Actively participates in the conceptual development of product lines (i.e., sells ideas/concepts and convinces others to adopt a course of action).

  • Plan the line according to sales needs and emerging trends while maintaining appeal to our customer

  • Ensures that product is consistent with market trends and business strategy.

  • Ensure product is being designed within cost parameters.

  • Create and present design boards for each season showcasing silhouette, fabric, and print, pattern, color range.

  • Works closely with production partner to ensure design packages are complete and accurate.

  • Partner with merchandising to assort line and develop product appropriate for business needs.

  • Detailed garment views and sketches for review in design meetings Detailed flat “call-out” sketches for inclusion in technical packages to describe garment construction for factory to follow.

  • Sketch modifications/ updates after design review in fittings to be sent with fit comments back to factories.

  • Pull research and trim options for design selection.

  • Creation of design boards including mock ups, reference garments, fabrics, trims.

  • Work with Design Development team to gather material needed for development

  • Work with Head Designers on possible color palettes for specific products.

  • Understanding and experience with Product Development of garments from sketch to final approval

  • Experience with working with Prints and color, possess excellent color sense

  • Knowledge of construction and execution of a garment

  • Experience executing tech packs including specs as needed

  • Responsible for the day to day design for Cut and Sew categories under Design Director

  • Work with design director to create concepts, select color stories, develop fabrics, prints, trims and graphics

  • Design and sketch seasonal collections including tops, bottoms, skirts, shorts, jackets and dresses

  • Request fabrics for protos and samples

  • Request lab dips and strike-offs through bulk production

  • Execute Print and pattern with CAD teams

  • Work with cross functional partners (Merch, Production and Tech) to ensure product integrity from sketch, to protos, to assort samples to bulk

  • Attend fittings with tech team

  • Presentation of designs and visual boards (with cads, illustrations, fabrications and garments samples) to cross functional partners and design leaderExecution of line plans and color cads

  • Execution of line plans and color cads

  • Research designs and present new ideas to team leaders

  • Analyze current design trends and incorporate into the collection when appropriate

  • Review weekly business and selling reports to improve relevance of product in the pipeline

  • Extensive Sketching skills and knowledge in adobe illustrator

    Other essential tasks that are not listed may be requested by your supervisor.

Job Requirements

  • College degree in Fashion Design or a related field.

  • 7+ years design experience, experience with knit fabrication strongly preferred, but not required.

  • 5+ years Cut & Sew Design experience

  • Passion for tee shirts and tanks, hoodies and sweatshirts, and an eye for new & now fashion silhouettes.

  • Prolific in fashion shape & silhouette ideation and have the skill to identify of the moment details and trends specific to this category.

  • Design key items, modern fashion & feminine fashion and have a broad hand to cover each of these aspects of our brand edit confidently.

  • Must have experience & success in partnering with cross functional partners: Merchants, Tech Design & Production.

  • Must have ability to influence merchant partners in trends and big ideas they believe in.

  • Organized, articulate and clear in their decision making when working with Tech Design & Production partners.

  • Experience with a range of different types of cut and sew from active to novelty fashion knits

  • Experience with graphic tee shirts

  • Strong knowledge of fit, fabric, construction details and pattern, color.

  • Proficient sketching in Illustrator and capable in Photoshop and InDesign.

  • Experience in a PLM, PDM system.

  • Ability manage and help develop skills of direct reports.

  • Strong Design skills and ability to communicate ideas through hand sketches.

  • Excellent drawing skills.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Advanced contemporary aesthetic.

  • Strong sense of style, color, and fit.

  • Ability to identify key trends and determine how they appropriately relate to the brand/ consumer.

  • Thorough knowledge of silhouettes, fabric, color use, sewing techniques, and trim.

  • Strong background is assorting tasteful color & pattern stories.

    Desired Qualifications

  • Strong problem-solving skills along with ability to multi task and prioritize.

  • Clear and effective verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to establish good relationships with business partners and department staff.

  • Ability to present focused visual presentations and ability to speak to designs with clarity

  • Experience with PLM systems

  • Organized and Flexible

Previous experience in managing assistants/support teams

**Please be sure to include a link to your portfolio or examples of your work to review with your resume.


Diversity Vision Statement

We are committed to creating an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the differences among all of our associates, customers, suppliers and the communities in which we live and conduct business. We are an equal employment opportunity of minorities, females, protected veterans and the disabled. We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, and treating our associates and applicants without discrimination based on their race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or

expression, marital status, citizenship, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected factor.

Closing -

As an equal opportunity employer, Express does not discriminate in hiring or terms and conditions of employment on the basis of any federal, state, or locally protected class. Express only hires individuals authorized for employment in the United States.

Notification to Agencies: Please note that Express does not accept unsolicited resumes or calls from third-party recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement and approval from HR to submit resumes for a specific requisition, Express will not consider or approve payment to any third-parties for hires made.

Requisition ID: 2020-9457

Street: Express - New York