Footwear and Leather Accessories Designer

POSTED ON 12/9/2022 AVAILABLE BEFORE 3/15/2023
ABLE Hired Organization Address Nashville, TN Remote Full Time
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Job Posting for Footwear and Leather Accessories Designer at ABLE

Duties & Responsibilities


  • Adapts market research, trend intel and brand sales to specific designs seasonally with ABLE customer in mind
  • In partnership with Design Director, makes decisions on colors and materials
  • Daily communication with overseas partners in partnership with sourcing team
  • Spec development and management, detailing concept, materials, and specifications based on brand design guidelines
  • Develop and create illustrations and technical drawings for new designs in Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Manage and drive development from initial concept to production adhering to calendar deadlines and key milestones
  • Review prototypes in a timely manner, lead in house footwear fittings, and update tech packs to reflect modifications directly to factory
  • Collaborate with the sourcing team to design products within specific pricing and margin goals
  • Prepare and present design projects to planning and cross functional teams
  • Source innovative and new materials based on seasonal direction and company goals
  • Understand and utilize sales performance to design for ABLE customer
  • International travel and trade show attendance may be required

Required Skills & Competencies

  • Focus and commitment to designing customer driven product
  • Knowledge and in depth understanding of footwear construction and technical design skills including fit
  • Collaborative partner and team player
  • Must exhibit strong communication skills and flexibility in fast paced environment
  • Strong organizational, time management skills with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office Suite; Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Ability to sketch, CAD and understand foundational design elements
  • Strong understanding of costing and production process and lead times
  • High level of organizational skills, including detail orientation and thorough follow up
  • Proven ability to bring product to market in a timely, cost effective manner
  • Creative, innovative problem solver with the ability to anticipate potential issues
  • Experience with PLM system preferred
  • Experience in leather accessories a plus


  • 5 years related footwear design experience
  • Experience creating technical drawings, tech-packs, CADS
  • Leather accessories design experience a plus


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience in footwear design, fashion or industrial design in order of preference.

Reports to: Design Director *

ABLE is a rapidly growing fashion brand with a mission of ending generational poverty by creating economic opportunity for women, both locally and globally. Our team is composed of sharp, driven people who thrive in a mission-oriented, collaborative culture. Come join us in Nashville, Tennessee.

The job will be based in Nashville, TN but is open to applicants currently located elsewhere.

Note: Only those applicants under consideration will be contacted. Please accept our appreciation for your interest. ABLE is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.


Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $54,029.00 - $59,594.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift

COVID-19 considerations:
ABLE continues to follow CDC and local health department guideline with respect to response to Covid-19.

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Nashville, TN 37209: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: Hybrid remote in Nashville, TN 37209

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