Work closely with the UK Head of Lingerie Direct to develop garments, engineered for design and cost ensuring that products are fit for purpose, meeting all requirements.
Work closely with the Hong Kong lingerie team to ensure that the design and commercial priorities are met.
Communicate clearly in advance of the buying seasonal trips the specific trends to the factories and with the UK teams the developments taking place in the region and specific partner factories
Work closely with the UK buyers keeping them regularly updated with garment development progress
Ensuring factories have the necessary capability to interpret the brands fashion, quality and developmental (innovation) needs.
Create accurate and comprehensive technical design packs for factory development centres and follow up communication
Work closely with fabric and fit technologists to ensure that concept garments are fit for purpose
Compile a library of standard patterns, working with technical teams to use blocks generated from best fit and previous best selling styles.
Travel to the designated development centres to ensure that the product development skills and working disciplines are in place
Work closely with the designated factories, initiating regular meetings concerning product, cost, critical path, risk assessment.
Manage the sampling priorities whilst ensuring that early costings are available
Work with raw material, cup and componentry suppliers to develop newness exclusive to client
Ensure all intellectual copyright is adhered
Develop a database of creative suppliers with the aim of working with a core number of suppliers capable of producing key items AND more fashionable product whilst interpreting UK direction
To implement the development of lingerie products for client in accordance with the lingerie strategy
To be the bridge’ between the design interpretation and the factory management leading to right first time sampling
Follow up of sampling with factories on behalf of UK buyer
Help factories interpret buyers product design requirements
Feeding back to buyers on product design issues / design intelligence
Ensure samples produced for UK buyers are on time and represent buyers requirements