Abercrombie & Fitch Associate Apparel Designer in Columbus, Ohio

ASSOCIATE APPAREL DESIGNER

At Abercrombie & Fitch, quality is in our roots and we’re on a mission to honor this rich heritage. With an unwavering focus on our customer, we strive every day to deliver a unique and welcoming experience, whether in our stores or online. Our three global brands, Abercrombie & Fitch, abercrombie kids and Hollister Co., are the embodiment of our passion for incredible product. At the heart of it all is our amazing 500-acre campus, nestled just outside of Columbus, Ohio. With an open work space, inspiring views, and even a place to gather as a team around the fire pit, our Home Office fosters a diverse and inclusive culture that consistently seeks the input of our associates and focuses on the future. We are looking for leaders, visionaries, and creatives who are willing to roll up their sleeves and write the next chapter in our brand’s legacy.

Our Apparel Design team is the driving force behind our brand’s commitment to beautiful, authentic designs and quality materials and construction. Beginning at the assistant level, our designers manage the full design and development process; from concept to flat sketch, from initial sample to final garment. As a designer, you will be a key voice in guiding the creative process for the assortment, drawing inspiration from our effortless All-American handwriting, yet moving forward with our customer. We value originality and creativity and seek to be leaders in the market. Our designers are fueled by curiosity, inspiring the total team to push the product to new levels. We’ve created a unique environment that fosters both ownership and collaboration across design teams working toward the cohesive vision of the brand.

What Will You Be Doing?

  • Driving the full design process including: research and mood board creation, putting pen to paper and sketching, fabric and trim selection, fitting and approving final garments.

  • Managing multiple seasons and product lifecycles for your given category

  • Researching the global market to ensure that the product is in tune with emerging trends and relevant to our customer and brand voice

  • Identifying new wash and fabric techniques that are on the cutting edge of your category

  • Clearly presenting the line to senior leadership, providing insight on style and fit and getting the team on board with ideas

  • Traveling domestically and internationally to research trends and find inspiration

  • Developing junior designers to get the most out of their creative abilities and to grow into leaders

What Do You Need to Bring?

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design or Creative Field

  • 1 years of Apparel Design experience

  • Mastery of design programs including PLM, Photoshop and Illustrator

  • Desire to own the full design process with autonomy

  • Willingness to get your hands dirty, dig through the archives and into the market to find out how we can push forward

  • An acute eye for style and color and thorough knowledge of silhouettes, fabrication and construction and wash techniques

  • A strong desire for adventure & curiosity

  • Ability to adapt and work in a fast-paced, structured environment

  • Desire to learn & hunger for more!

  • A collaborative approach to working with cross-functional partners to achieve the vision of the brand

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Title: Associate Apparel Designer

Location: OH-Columbus

Requisition ID: 16000P7