CAREER TUESDAY: VP Design – Licensed/Exclusive Private Brands – Kohl’s, NYC

VP Design – Licensed/Exclusive Private Brands (New York) at Kohl’s
Location: New York, NY

Job Description
Based in Kohl’s New York Product Development/Design Office, this person will oversee Design, Art and (indirectly) Technical Design for a portfolio of licensed exclusive brands: Simply Vera Vera Wang, Elle, Candies, Lauren Conrad, Dana Buchman and Fila Sport. Will oversee a design team of 3 Design Director/Managers and total team of approximately 25. This person will interface with the Kohl’s Product Development & Merchandising teams as well as with Licensors (ie. SVVW = Vera Wang, LC = Lauren Conrad, Candies = Iconix, Dana Buchman = Liz Claiborne, Elle = Elle Magazine Fashion Director). Will cover all categories, including RTW, Accessories, Handbags, Shoes, Sleep/Intimates and Jewelry. Reports to the SVP of Kohl’s NY PD/Design Office.

Skills
Kohl’s is looking for a seasoned Women’s Contemporary RTW Design Head who has experience managing multiple brands. Not only must this person have a strong Contemporary aesthetic but can also run a large volume “mass” business. Kohl’s is looking for “left brain/right brain” leader with strong business acumen…management of the brands and the team supersedes actually designing. Hybrid Product Development, Design and Merchandising experience a plus. He/she must be able to work in a large, complex retail environment. Retail experience ideal but would also consider someone coming from a wholesale background.

Job ID: 889384

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Christopher Durham
Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan). Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.