Shoe Designer

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Who We Are:

Reformation is a fast-growing company that proves fast fashion and sustainability can coexist. With both our HQ and our own factory based in Los Angeles, we combine stylish, vintage-inspired designs with sustainable practices. We release limited-edition collections every week on our website and in our 20 brick and mortar stores.

We are a future focused organization committed to the belief that the problems facing our planet and society can be solved through innovation, common sense and education. Being naked is the #1 most sustainable option. We're #2.


Shoe Designer

As Shoe Designer you will play a pivotal role in Reformation’s growth and success through the research, design, development and execution of shoes.  The designer will work closely with Merchant and Concept teams to identify key trends and translate them into the season’s must-have styles that will excite and delight the Ref customer.


What you’ll do:

  • Interpret trends based on initial direction from Concept into designs relevant to the Ref customer 
  • Conduct marketplace, runway and influencer research to inform product direction and equipment library developments
  • Work with Merchant & Concept to create seasonal color palette and select standards 
  • Partner with Supply chain, Sustainability and factory/agent to research, source and select new materials with sustainability innovation in mind 
  • Work closely with Merchant team to understand sales and suggest “chase” styles to iterate on top-selling products 
  • Liaise with supply chain and factories to communicate design intention prior to pass-off and in season
  • Lead fit sessions, diarize corrections and oversee proto developments ensuring the highest level of fit, quality and execution 
  • Ensure Design deadlines are adhered to in accordance with Development Calendar 
  • Manage administrative design functions TP, color-ups and BOMS

What you’ll need:

  • Bachelor's degree in Design 
  • 5+ years of experience in footwear design and development 
  • Strong understanding of footwear construction and materials 
  • Ability to create thorough tech packs with sketches, complete construction details, and provide mock-ups if needed
  • Design portfolio showcasing your work
  • 2+ examples of Tech packs 

Who you are: 

  • Thrive in a fast-paced environment, team-oriented environment
  • Share a passion for sustainability and the environment 
  • Live in or willing to relocate to Los Angeles 

Benefits & Perks:

  • Health, vision, and dental insurance for eligible employees
  • Paid vacation, sick, holidays & volunteer time-off for eligible employees
  • Mission based company + casual and entrepreneurial work environment
  • Clothing discount, dog-friendly office, company events + parties and much more 
  • 401K with company match 

To Apply:

Please submit your resume and a short cover letter telling us about yourself and why you are a great fit for Reformation!

The Reformation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status

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