Lead the Fabric R&D process to translate the brand aesthetic into clear, executable direction for vendors / suppliers. Develop a materials sourcing strategy that supports the business objectives for the assigned area of responsibility.
Participate as key stakeholder in achieving company’s sustainability goals, by developing fabrics with sustainable fibers and sources.
Maintain consistent alignment with Design on overall concepts as it ties to the brand & seasonal strategies. Source seasonal design requests with appropriate vendors to offer creative solutions if the request is outside the brand’s sourcing and pricing strategy.
Work side by side with Sourcing team to create and develop robust platforms that leverage volume and enable speed to market opportunities.
Attend fabric shows as appropriate to gain perspective on new innovation and trend as it applies to Ralph Lauren. Utilize technical expertise to realistically translate the design intent on fabric and yarn requests to meet raw material cost parameters and guidelines.
Analyze fabric needs across the brand and make recommendations to Sourcing & Production and Design for leveraging qualities across divisions.
Manage product integrity by reviewing testing exception reports. Trouble shoot to resolve and recommend options. Maintain a fabric resource library to support seasonal inspirations as well as archive historical and fundamental fabrications.
Lead PLM updates related to fabric which will enable analysis through clear reporting. Ensure product development milestones and calendar dates are met.
Build and clearly articulate & present seasonal boards and trends that represent overall brand strategy, design vision, and textile industry innovations and trends.
Oversee sample fabric approvals with Design determining proper hand feel, wash and construction.