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Associate Designer, Footwear

Fila USA

New York, NY

Sep 16
Job Description

Departmental Overview

Fila's footwear design team is based in NYC. We create athletic footwear for all genders and a variety of activities in a fast-paced environment. We are a small team and create footwear on a seasonal basis with input from sales, marketing, and production, to address various trade channels and price points.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

To create footwear including material and color stories for various markets and categories for the FILA label.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBITLITIES:

• Footwear Product Creation – From ideation to product creation, work with footwear team to develop market-relevant product for the Fila range.
• Apparel Liaison – Work with apparel design to ensure that footwear and apparel seasonally create cohesive product.
• Communicate creative strategies to internal and external audiences.
• Finalize tech packages and proactively follow the execution of all product details through the product process.
• Clearly communicate all changes required to product samples to development counterparts.
• Act as a consumer expert for the design team, always applying consumer insights into all product and designs and design strategies.
• Ensure manufacturability, cost / margins, and merchandising needs to meet category and /or brand goals.
• Work closely with design and product management teams to apply trend-right materials and colors to heritage product.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

• Computer literate using Macintosh design applications. Extensive PC knowledge using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and basic Office apps.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills.
• Exceptional design capabilities – from ideation, to drawing, to sketching, to color theory, to materials.
• Accustomed to working in a highly dynamic and changing environment.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS:

• BA in Industrial Design or Footwear Design.
• 1-2 years relevant experience.

Fila USA

The FILA brand was founded in 1911 in Italy with a bold vision and strong point of view inspired by its surroundings. The vision was to create clothing that felt as natural to the wearer as their own skin. The FILA brothers drew their inspiration from art and fabrics and combined them in such a way that effused grace and vigor. That vision can still be felt today: FILA seeks out athletes and figures who represent grace, individuality, and a disruption to the status quo. Transcending race, gender, and class, the brand makes its mark wherever performance-minded individuals can be found. FILA has collaborated with sports figures such as Grant Hill, one of basketball’s most iconic players, to both design a collection of footwear that serves the modern athlete and to build communities. FILA and Hill partnered to revitalize a set of basketball courts in Durham, N.C. to provide a safe space for local youth to play and grow, with more plans to expand the program to other cities. FILA’s designers are committed to the founders’ vision and are constantly trying to move the needle in the world of athletic fashion by absorbing art and culture as it happens around them. The brand strives to be intentional in everything it does, and to do so with integrity.