Lafayette 148 New York is uniquely positioned to enhance our accessories assortment, providing a complete lifestyle brand to our loyal customers. This position will be a key liaison and team member in supporting the continued growth of the Accessories division.

 

Responsibilities:

The successful individual will leverage their proficiency in Merchandising and Product Development to:

Product and Business Strategy

  • Lead and communicate Lafayette 148, Retail and Wholesale merchandising strategy for accessories, leveraging product opportunities and business initiatives across the US.
  • Participate in creating relevant product assortments that drive business in determined distribution.
  • Partner with design or design partners and product development vendors through entire conceptual and commercialization process.
  • Develop and refine a framework for customer segmentation.
  • Learn competitive landscape, identifying trends and staying on top newness in market; utilize findings to identify holes in the current business and opportunities for future growth.

 

Assortment Planning

  • Participate in developing the plans on assortment style and flow needs.
  • Communicate changes and impacts cross-functionally.
  • Manage deadlines and communicate issues to ensure delivery of product on a timely basis. Including supporting pilots and testing agendas.

 

Product Development

  • Proactively anticipates and identifies challenges in the development process and effectively resoles issues through appropriate actions and communications.
  • Partner with product development vendors to maintain and ensure all costing objectives are met through proper engineering of product while maintaining product integrity.
  • Clear understanding of development calendars and timelines.

 

Market Analysis and Reporting

  • Analyze global sales, feedback and historical data on weekly/monthly/seasonal basis to help better assort for future seasons. Provide global analysis that drives consensus and overall strategy.
  • Identify product opportunities through regular hind-sighting that incorporates consumer research, business unit feedback and sales performance analysis.
  • Manage retail price setting, target costs and margin goals. Partner with Product Development vendors on all costing objectives.

 

Organization

  • Establish relationships with Design, Planning, and Product Development vendors.
  • Create partnerships with all cross-functional partners to execute seasonal assortments from concept to creation.

 

Desired Background:

  • Bachelor’s degree

 

Experience:

  • Comprehensive understanding of retail math.
  • 8 years’ experience as a merchant in related business or brand with demonstrated product development experience, preferable in retail, wholesale and e-commerce company.

 

Skills:

  • An appreciation for luxury products coupled with an ability to see think conceptually.
  • Willing to take initiative, ownership and accountability for business.
  • Natural ability to communicate effectively with strong analytical skills and experience with PLM systems.

 

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