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Associate Designer, Jessica Simpson Footwear

DATE:  Sep 15, 2022
CITY:  New York
BRAND:  Camuto Group
REQ #:  135908
LOCATION NAME:  Camuto Design Studio

General Summary

The Associate Designer supports the Designer in the design process. Participates in executing all visual materials from the Design department specific to the design process from concept to delivery. Oversees the preparation of presentation concept boards for all design meetings. Researches latest trends within market. Constant communication with Designer and Development teams to ensure accurate execution of product design. May oversee an entry level assistant designer.


Reports to:  Designer


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Pulling tears, screenshots, assist in compiling the research.

• Assist in sketching, following direction of design leaders. Assisting in specing/coloring the line.

• Enter design specs into system and ensure accuracy.

• Communicate design information to overseas teams

• Participate in research and identifying seasonal fashion, fabric, technique, trim and merchandise trends

• Support direct manager to prepare presentation boards and materials

• Develop and manage flat sketches and detailed tech/design packs. Ensure all levels of details are accurate.

• Work closely with Assistant Designer to create seasonal line sheets

• Attend fittings and communicate fit notes/ updating sketches

• Support sample management and showroom set-up

• Ensure presentation/ design boards are up to date

• Create illustrations and technical drawings for new design concepts and digital renderings of materializations in Photoshop and Illustrator. Detail concept, materials, and development specifications at direction of Designer

• Review prototypes in a timely manner and update tech packs to reflect agreed upon changes and modifications

• Collaborate with the production team to design products within specific pricing and market segment guidelines

• Collaborate and communicate with production teams to ensure design objectives are executed as directed

• Prepare and present design projects, provides input into design vision

• Collaborate with and support peers and sales teams to ensure season runs smoothly

• Proactively anticipate how to manage design deadline in order to meet critical dates

• International travel as required. Attendance at tradeshows and events may also be required as directed



Required Skills:

• Ability to use market research, trends and industry knowledge to participate in upcoming design meetings

• Must be a team player, exhibiting strong communication skills and flexibility

• Strong organizational, time management and prioritization skills, attention to detail and accuracy

• Professional demeanor and customer service oriented

• Skilled in Microsoft Office Suite; Illustrator and Photoshop

• Ability to sketch, CAD and understand foundational design elements



• 3-5 years related footwear design experience.

• Experience creating technical drawings, tech-packs, CADS and merchandising boards



• Bachelor's Degree in Fashion Merchandising or Design and experience in footwear design, fashion or industrial design






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Why Choose A Career with Designer Brands?

Empowering associates and building strong teams poised to disrupt the retail and footwear landscape through positive change is at the core of who we are at Designer Brands.

  • Invested in helping our associates learn, develop, achieve and grow into strong leaders
  • Shared commitment to creating a culture fueled by engagement, excitement, optimism and fun
  • Dedicated to giving back and community involvement 

About Designer Brands:

Designer Brands Inc. is one of North America’s largest designers, producers and retailers of footwear and accessories. 

  • Designer Brands Inc. operates a portfolio of retail concepts in nearly 1,000 locations under the DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, The Shoe Company, and Shoe Warehouse brands and operates leased locations in the U.S through its Affiliated Business Group. 
  • Designer Brands designs and produces footwear and accessories through Camuto Group, a leading manufacturer selling in more than 5,400 doors worldwide. 












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Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

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