Department Description :
You will contribute to setting-up the TH Design team in Hong Kong, which is fully part of the TH Global Design team (based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands).
This local hub is based in Hong Kong and focused to design styles for the Chinese consumer
Next to the local Design team, this Hub will also have a dedicated Product Development team based in Hong Kong, who you will work closely with.
Together with the local Merchandise team, the objective of the Hub is to create better local relevant product, in line with the TH Global Design direction.
The Role :
Based in PVH Hong Kong office, as part of the Tommy Hilfiger (TH) Global Design team
Reporting into the Vice President Design TH Menswear, the Netherlands
Responsible for the colour and concept of seasonal and non-seasonal TH styles developed for the Chinese market
Responsible for Design of the seasonal and non-seasonal TH styles developed for the Chinese market
Ensure close collaboration and full alignment with TH Global Design team (the Netherlands) and provide input to the Global team on China market specifics, trends etc.
Build & improve the TH China Design Hub, oversee and consult on operational activities (e.g. sketching) of CN Design team
Researching trends and conducting market research that can be worked into the Tommy Hilfiger brand strategy for the Chinese market.
Researching & analyzing the China market to be aware of the market's to be aware market's current & future trend and always be head of game, and providing insights on this to the TH Global Design team in the Netherlands.
Translate Global Design Brief mood boards into specific TH China brief, with mood boards, to set direction for sourcing purposes (e.
g. to send out to vendors)
Follow the range plan set by the merchandisers to build commercial outerwear and bottoms collections.
Develop sketches in alignment with Global Design Brief and Merchandising range plan using initial research, present sketches to stakeholders (e.
g. Merchandising) during (pre)sketch / proto review, and revise sketches based on feedback
Preparing all necessary design decks and boards for divisional presentations and discuss designs or protos at key design meetings to ensure fit into collection, quality of product, and innovativeness.
Follow up on styles & selected fabrics each season in collaboration with product developers and communicating this to our buying offices / vendors & retail needs.
Working closely and communicating daily on issues / changes that arise from the development of selected styles.
You will be partner with product developers to ensure a smooth work flow each season when executing each style.
Working closely with the Technical Department for the executing of garment fittings.
Attend fittings to help find solutions to any problems that may come up during the fitting process.
Continuous development of new fabrics, yarns, wool and downs.
Compile and maintain library by archiving Design input (e.g. sketches, fabrics, samples)
Working with the Fabric Team to select the best fabrics for each collection.
Mentoring designers within the TH China Design Hub.
Presenting seasonal & non-seasonal collection to merchandising team & management as requested.
Working to the divisional calendar to meet deadlines.
Engage in (continuous) projects aimed at efficiency and quality improvements (e.g. brand book, CSR, Innovation, Sustainability)
Making sure that the Tommy DNA is seen in each garment.
Degree at Bachelor level - in Fashion Design
Minimum 10+ years related experiences in (a) leading Men's and Women's brand(s), with at least 5 years of experience in the Chinese market
Very commercial mentality with consumer insights
Solid knowledge of garment specifications, fitting and pattern making
Eye for details with an extensive knowledge of fabric and wool.
Passion for men's and women's fashion with a good sense of style
An extensive knowledge on 'new' technical developments in the Chinese market.
Great sense of color concept and patternation.
People Management experience plus.
A team-player, mature and flexible
Excellent computer skills (Illustrator / Photoshop) & hand drawn skills.
3D experiences plus
Ability to translate trends into a commercial collection with a contemporary handwriting
Capable of working in a hectic and always changing environment
Fluent in English, both written and verbal, as English is the working language of the company.
Open communicator and able to work with a number of personalities
To be successful in this position you need to have a good understanding of the trends, for the Chinese market and the ability to translate them into a commercial product.
It is important that you are able to work independently as well as in a team and that you also enjoy working in a busy, changeable environment which fosters authenticity, honest and respect for each other.
To be able to work well with other teams, you need to have strong communication skills.