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Design Director, Vince Camuto Footwear (Camuto Group)

CITY:  New York

Brand: Camuto Group
Req #: 93209 
Location Name: New York Design Studio 
Department: Design


The Design Director, Vince Camuto Footwear,  will work under the direction of the SVP, Creative Director, to develop and direct industry leading creative solutions for concepts and categories, to create a highly relevant, desirable and clear brand image, from sell in to sellout. Lead and manage the internal creative team to achieve world class results.


Key Responsibilities: 


  • Develop concepts and creative strategies that fulfill objectives of category, concept and market trends
  • Collaborate with Product Design team to ensure holistic storytelling
  • Collaborate with cross-functional team members to ensure consumer- and brand focus
  • Set priorities, creative and assignment-related, of team
  • Lead the execution of creative strategies to ensure end to end creative excellence
  • Review and approve production stages of creative execution
  • Maximize results within given budget and time frames
  • Participate in creation of annual and long-term Creative Direction strategies
  • Present and communicate creative solutions with clarity, effectively selling in ideas to variety of stakeholders
  • Identify opportunities of improvement and change, and initiate own proposals/projects
  • Seek out new Design resources that can deliver world class results
  • Efficiently communicate with overseas teams throughout development process
  • Lead a team of 1 


Required Skills:



  • Strong visual and verbal skills with the ability to create impactful/exciting visuals
  • Passion for the brand and its mission
  • Innovative and collaborative leader and coach
  • Strong problem solving and influencing skills
  • Ability to inspire, think creatively and strategically as well as to act tactically
  • Knowledge and use of Macintosh computer design software/systems (Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • Traditional hands on footwear development skills (material specs and tech packs) required
  • Strong experience in concept creation, color strategy, traditional and technical footwear expertise, last development, leather and non-leather materials and product execution
  • Previous experience managing and mentoring designers required




  • At least 10 years experience in Industry or Design on managerial level
  • 3 years people management experience
  • Proven experience with the entire design process (project scope and time planning, design steps, production/execution of design solution, pre-press processes)
  • Proficient knowledge in development process and working knowledge of PLM systems



  • Bachelor degree (B.A) from four-year college or university in a relevant Design subject or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Designer Brands believes that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunities.  We do not discriminate against any protected class including race, color, religion, religious creed, gender, sex, national origin, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (defined as genetic information or impairments related to cancer), ancestry, marital status, family care leave, military and veteran status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or based on any protected category under federal, state, or local laws.  Designer Brands also makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and associates with disabilities unless doing so creates an undue hardship, in accordance with all legal requirements. Any applicant requiring a reasonable accommodation during the application process or applicant who requires an accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job should request for accommodations by asking to speak with a Store Manager, District Manager, and Regional Director, or by contacting Human Resources at  Designer Brands will work with the individual to attempt to identify a reasonable accommodation that will not impose an undue hardship on Designer Brands. For any inquiries related to the hiring process, please reach out to © 2019 Designer Brands Inc. All rights reserved.



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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