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Merchandiser

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Swimwear Anywhere Inc. / TYR Sport
The Merchandiser at Swimwear Anywhere Inc. is responsible for forecasting company trends and must understand the brand identity, demographic, market and consumer of each line we design. This role must be able to infer and understand the needs, ideas and requirements of our customers to make the fashion relatable. The Merchandiser will interpret the styles that will be designed, developed, and edited based on the brand identity and consumer demographic of each of our lines.

The Merchandiser has the ability to translate fashion trends and forecast each trend into saleable garments that relate to each demographic we represent. He/she must consider how the garments will be used and therefore which properties it needs, prior to producing design ideas, sketches and samples. The Merchandiser initiates the line, organizes and directs the staff in the development and coloration of intended designs, coordinates with the designers to have the samples produced, and then edits and finalizes the group of designs to be shown for the season.

Responsibilities:
Market research to bring innovative ideas and new fabric technologies to our brands
Work with retailers and licensees on brand direction
Drive the creative process for specific fibers , fabrics, trims and garment styling
Partner with merchandising, production, and design to provide fashion direction
Create a clear concept and merchandising plan for each season detailing color, trend and styling
Work to deadlines and within a budget

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Typical work activities include:
Liaising with design, technical and sales staff to plan and develop designs and to interpret and represent customers ideas and needs
Approving sketches, working-up designs and samples of completed items
Assessing and approving production standards
Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of new design and production techniques and textile technology
Researching properties of materials used in textiles, swim garments and coordinated beachwear
Attending trade shows and other sources for ideas and inspiration
Keeping up-to-date with new fashion trends and designs
Ensuring that projects are completed on time

Qualifications:
The perfect candidate will possess the following:
A great sense of style and an excellent business sense
Be artistic, creative, able to draw and have an eye for color, texture, pattern and style forecasting
A thorough knowledge of past fashion trends, an awareness of current industry developments and the ability to predict new trends
An understanding of the properties of different materials and dyes and the production processes of textiles
The understanding of budgets and the cost of goods and whether they meet the functional needs of our consumers
The ability to analyze a complex set of issues and stand behind your choices


Requirements:
Minimum 5-7 years initiating, recommending and implementing merchandise strategies in a high-end fashion apparel company
Bachelor's Degree in Fashion Merchandising or related field; Masters a plus
Excellent attention to detail, organized and with the ability to deliver results against tight and complex deadlines
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Exceptional problem solver
Strong CAD and Illustrator skills
Work independently, or as part of a team with positive energy and confidence
Ability to establish good relationships with key parties and department staff
Please apply to with your resume and cover letter detailing your salary expectations. Please include work samples or a link to your portfolio.

Swimwear Anywhere designs, manufactures, and markets an extensive portfolio of swimwear brands. The originators behind bra-sized swimwear, the company is known for its unparalleled fit, quality and fashion forward designs. Swimwear Anywhere owns the Coco Reef, Coco Rave, Beach House, Roxanne and Gabar brands and holds the swimwear licenses for designer labels such as Juicy Couture, DKNY, Michael Kors, Carmen Marc Valvo, Vince Camuto, and Tommy Hilfiger.

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