Senior Design Director, Women’s Athletic Apparel – Specialty Fashion Retailer

Job Information

Our client is a leading, specialty fashion retailer. They are currently seeking a Senior Design Director for Woman’s Active to join their headquarters in Seattle, Washington. The ideal candidate is a motivated, results oriented, creative leader who possesses the ability to oversee the creation of original concepts that reflect the overall style, color and fabric of the brand.


  • Create and innovate the design process in collaboration with the Brand Manager and the Creative Director
  • Provide leadership and motivation for brand design team
  • Influence designers to provide inspiration and creative problem solving
  • Execute seasonal concept/color/theme into product development plan within calendar deadlines
  • Create original design concepts to ensure products meet product merchandiser assortment plan, consumer expectation and price point
  • Provide original, innovative product concept and designs to design team to initiate the start of seasonal development process
  • Source and select raw materials (yarn, fabric, trims, etc.) that are current with the trends in all raw material markets
  • Direct and select fabric, model silhouette, surface pattern and color
  • Oversee the final approved spec packs for development and production
  • Travel for trend, raw material and market research
  • Train, lead and develop a team of designers


  • 8 years of design experience for a leading fashion brand or retailer
  • BA degree, or advanced degree in design
  • Technical performance apparel design experience is required.
  • Understands color perception and design ability
  • Exceptional ability to understand the needs of, and develop product resonating with the target market
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Exceptional time management skills
  • Excellent material sourcing capabilities in yarns, trims and fabrics
  • Highly experienced with seasonal color, trend and theme research and interpretation
  • Computer proficiency, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook required

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