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Design Associate

New York, NY

Pay Range: The pay range for this job is $62000 - $90000 annually; actual pay is dependent on experience and geographic location.

Benefits: Base pay is only one part of our employee value proposition, which includes a robust benefits package, above-market time off, flexible working arrangements, incentive compensation, where applicable, and varied learning opportunities.

Company DescriptionRalph Lauren Corporation is a global leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products in five categories: apparel, accessories, home, fragrances, and hospitality. For more than 50 years, Ralph Lauren's reputation and distinctive image have been consistently developed across an expanding number of products, brands and international markets.

The Company's brand names, which include Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren Collection, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Polo Ralph Lauren, Double RL, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Polo Ralph Lauren Children, Chaps, among others, constitute one of the world's most widely recognized families of consumer brands. 

At Ralph Lauren, we unite and inspire the communities within our company as well as those in which we serve by amplifying voices and perspectives to create a culture of belonging, ensuring inclusion, and fairness for all. We foster a culture of inclusion through: Talent, Education & Communication, Employee Groups and Celebration.

We are seeking a creative, passionate, and self-motivated Design Associate for our Soft Dressing category. The candidate must have strong research, sketching, and design skills. The Design Associate will support all phases of the design development process from initial concept to final production with the Soft Dressing team.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Extensively research tear sheets, mood images, vintage garments, prints, colors, and silhouettes each season and organize design ideas effectively 
  • Have an understanding of the RL aesthetic with a strong eye for detail and high quality execution
  • Have the skills/ability to take thorough design research and implement into new design ideas/sketches
  • Prepare and create inspiring seasonal design boards with team for design presentations and meetings
  • Sketch detailed flats by hand and work in Photoshop, must be able to capture all design details, proportion, and the movement of the garment
  • CAD/render sketches with patterns, prints, and color in Photoshop
  • Make design mock-ups and treatments during the design cycle to support design ideas and presentations 
  • Create, execute, and complete all design handoffs/Tech Packs and responsible for owning and making sure Tech Packs from design’s end is complete and always updated as changes occur
  • Update sketches and CADs as changes occur in the line, communicate to CFT partners, and update design board accordingly 
  • Own/follow-up on the weekly merch team add/drop memo and ensure design’s end is updated
  • Work on plaid, stripe, and print 3D CAD placements and review digital files with team and make any adjustments and comments needed 
  • Assist in reviewing/approving incoming production samples, strike-offs, dips, and design submits
  • Maintain thorough knowledge of the entire line and responsible for tracking/updating changes
  • Attend all fittings and partner with PD/Technical team on all sketch and BOM updates and learn how to fit the garment properly with team
  • Serve as a liaison across all CFT partners to ensure information flow is accurate through the entire design development process
  • Must be able to work independently, multi-task, prioritize projects, have the ability to troubleshoot, and think creatively to find solutions
  • Organize electronic and physical design binder, samples, bins, and materials
  • Support day to day of all design functions and work effectively and efficiently within the team

Experience, Skills & Knowledge

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design preferred
  • Technical skill requirements: Must be Proficient in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop
  • Must be proficient in hand sketching and Illustration
  • PLM and Adobe XD experience a plus
  • High taste level and creative ability
  • Works with sense of urgency and ability to complete tasks with speed, ease, and accuracy
  • Excellent organization skills with ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong attention to detail and understanding of garment construction
  • Team player with strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication and follow-up skills: verbal and handwritten
  • Self motivated, take initiative when team is in need, and stay highly organized
  • Affinity and passion for the brand/Soft Dressing category

Ralph Lauren will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest or conviction records in a manner consistent with the requirements of the law, including any applicable fair chance laws.

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