Associate Designer, Handbags & Small Leather Goods

Location: New York, New York US


This position is no longer open.

Job Number: 15795

Position Title: Assoc Designer

External Description:

Basic Purpose:

The Associate Designer for Handbags and Small Leather Goods is responsible for creating innovative product designs through the seasonal vision and illustration of design concepts into an accessories and non-apparel collection appropriate for the Talbots customer. This position reports to the Senior Designer. 

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Assist in identifying seasonal fashion direction, assortment opportunities, and merchandise trends for area of responsibility
  • Serve as liaison between Design, Product Management, and Technical Design and Merchandising to ensure information flow is accurate throughout the development process
  • Responsible for technical package process, to include drawings, measurements and design detail specifications and hand offs to Technical Design
  • Maintain thorough knowledge of the line (silhouettes, yarns/fabrics and design details) and is responsible for tracking changes/additions
  • Maintain specification sheets, trim sheets, and pitch sheets
  • Participate in concept presentation and line building recaps, in addition to line presentation
  • Assist in making Design Presentation Boards
  • Research competitive market and present results and ideas
  • Assist in executing designs to the Conceptual Assortment Plan slots while staying within the pre-determined development ratios
  • Continue to develop and increase understanding of Talbot’s customer
  • People Management 
    • Build collaborative relationships with vendors and internal clients
    • Interface professionally and work effectively in group settings
  • Key partners include: Product Development and Sourcing, Merchandising, Fabric and Color teams, and Vendors



  • Knowledge and experience at a level normally acquired through the completion of a Bachelor’s degree 
  • 3-5 years of related experience 
  • Independent, self-motivated, and detail-oriented
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be highly organized
  • Able to prioritize and multi-task in a fast paced office environment
  • Must be highly collaborative in a team environment
  • Strong work ethic
  • Proficient with computer programs including Photoshop, Illustrator, and Microsoft Office (Excel is a must)




Community / Marketing Title: Associate Designer, Handbags & Small Leather Goods

Company Profile:

Talbots is a leading omni-channel specialty retailer of women's clothing, shoes and accessories. Established in 1947, the company is known for modern classic style that's both timeless and timely, fine quality craftsmanship and gracious service. At Talbots relationships are the key to our business, we hire individuals who bring new ideas to the table, understand smart risk taking and  can enhance an already thriving culture.  With a commitment to offer modern classic style for every body type, through a  full range of sizes, inclusive to every woman in your life.

EEO Employer Verbiage:

Talbots is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from diverse candidates. Hiring decisions are based upon a candidate's qualifications as they relate to the requirements of the position under consideration and are made without regard to race, sex, national origin, color, age, disability, veteran status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, religion, or any other category protected by applicable law. Talbots is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for job applicants with disabilities. If you require an accommodation to perform the essential duties of the position you are seeking or to participate in the application process please contact Talbots will make reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified applicants or employees, unless such accommodations would impose an undue hardship on the operations of the Company’s business.

PositionType_Description: Full Time

Location_formattedLocationLong: New York, New York US

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