Women's Apparel Designer

Costa Mesa, CA

As the Apparel Designer for Womens, you will help drive global apparel design via ownership over our complete design process. Working in a highly collaborative and creative environment, you will have a heavy focus on cut and sew, to include conceptual direction, trends, fabrications, styling, trims, technical renderings/spec sheets while adhering to our design/development calendar. Using state of the art technology, you will design and develop styles for specific classifications and genders from initial concepts through pre-production to achieve accurate delivery while establishing superior fits and construction. You will oversee and work coherently with Merchandising and Development to manage the product timeline and general business entities. In this position, you will effectively show clear design direction with a strong point of view to both peers and upper management. You will be joining a leading global footwear, apparel and accessory brand and must share our vision in influencing youth culture and empowering artistic expression.

Join the Vans Family

Vans® is the original action sports footwear company, rooted in authenticity and creativity. Founded in 1966, we have thrived on a legacy of impacting our greater community through four pillars: action sports, music, art and street culture. We are constantly inspired by the creative voyagers within our company and community. For them, creativity is about the journey, not just the output. Our mission is to empower everyone to use creativity to discover themselves. Our vision is to create a world where anyone can be their unique self. 

At Vans, our culture sets us apart and influences everything we do. We are driven by our five values: We have HEART – also referred to as the “Van Doren Spirit”. We are relentlessly CURIOUS about our consumers and the world around us. We are UNAPOLOGETICALLY AUTHENTIC and whole heartedly believe the most “Off the Wall” thing you can do is be yourself. We are driven by a spirit of INGENUITY. And we are passionate about local COMMUNITIES. And most of all, we are a family that has fun together.  

At Vans we empower creative exploration and inspire youth culture through a commitment to inclusivity. We welcome anyone and everyone into our global family and proudly celebrate and environment where individuality is embraced, equal opportunities thrive, and everyone is empowered to reach their greatest potential.   

By joining our family, you will be immersed in an environment of incredibly supportive and collaborative people. We work hard across a multitude of initiatives to bring the Van Doren Spirit to life. We live for what we do.  

As of October 18, 2021, this position requires proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 on the first day of employment, absent need for medical or religious accommodation or other exemption as allowed by state or local law. Further information provided during the recruitment process.

How You Will Make a Difference

What you will do:

Responsible for market research, creating seasonal inspiration boards, designs, tech pack creation, and fit. Demonstrates visionary ability to keep the brand moving forward. Manage all design details from rough sketches to completion of tech packs. Determine material selection, color details, and styling details. Responsible for knowledge of cost components and ability to design products that hit margin targets. Create computer design; sketches, graphics, print artwork, multiple colorways and storyboards. Create visual presentations and follow up with all design details. Lead presentation of designs at line reviews and product launches. Oversee the fitting of garments and review product details to ensure product execution meets the design aesthetic as well as commercially acceptable quality standards. Review details on prototypes with developer and merchandiser. Share responsibility with development and merchandiser for final product result. Demonstrate strong teamwork skills through cooperating with cross -functional team members and remain focused. Adhere to all calendar dates.

Free To Be, Inclusion & Diversity

As a purpose-led, performance driven company, we strive to foster a culture of belonging based on respect, connection, openness and authenticity. We are committed to building and maintaining a workplace that celebrates the diversity of our associates, allowing them to bring their authentic selves to work every day.

Skills for Success

  • Years of Related Professional Experience: 3+ years
  • Responsible for fashion knit top, dress and fleece

Educational Position Requirements:

A formal education and subsequent undergraduate/graduate degrees are nice to have, but we are most interested in your total experience and professional achievements.

What we expect you already know: 

Expert knowledge of the Adobe Suite Experience in 3D is a plus Excellent sense of style and color Thorough knowledge of the global lifestyle/action sports market Possess strong presentation, listening, verbal, and written communication skills Ability to multitask managing design work with business requests In-depth knowledge of design techniques and processes Complete comprehension in Apparel manufacturing process — design, development, fit and production Capable of contributing to the design process with the team and partnering with product development Follows through with all tasks, assignments to meet product development calendar Ability to read, analyze and interpret policies, procedures and other business practices, guidelines and documents

VF Guiding Principles: Live with Integrity, Act Courageously, Be Curious, Act with Empathy, and Preserve.

What’s in it For You

We’re in the business of unleashing human potential, driven by the ideas, energy and commitment of our people. That’s why we offer comprehensive benefits that encourage mental, physical and financial well-being for all VF associates. When it comes to benefits, we’re the total package.

Our Parent Company, VF Corporation

VF is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies connecting people to the lifestyles, activities and experiences they cherish through our family of iconic outdoor, active and workwear brands. At the heart of our journey lies our company-wide purpose: We power movements of sustainable and active lifestyles for the betterment of people and our planet. This is our purpose. It’s the reason we come to work every day. It’s a commitment shared by our global associates across all brands. Our purpose unites us and leads us to pursue our goals, together. This is our calling.

We just have one question. Are you in?

Pay Range:

$70,848.00 USD - $106,272.00 USD annually

Incentive Potential:

This position is eligible for additional compensation awards that may include an annual incentive plan, sales incentive, or commission potential. Specific details of the additional compensation eligibility for this position will be provided during the recruiting and interview process.

Benefits at VF Corporation:

You can review a general overview of each benefit program offered, including this year's medical plan rates on www.MyVFbenefits.com  and by clicking Looking to Join VF? Detailed information on your benefits will be provided during the hiring process.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:

Unless prohibited by applicable law, this position requires proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 on the first day of employment, absent need for medical or religious accommodation or other exemption as allowed by state or local law. Further information will be provided during the recruitment process.

Please note, our pay ranges are determined and built from market pay data. In determining the specific compensation for this position, we comply with all local, state, and federal laws.

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