Fabric Research & Development Manager – Collection and Star USA
New York, NY
Posted November 30, 2017


Job Title:        Fabric Research & Development Manager – Collection and Star USA
Department:    Design
Reports To:    Chairman & Chief Creative Officer with a dotted line to the Senior Vice President of Production

Purpose and Scope:

The Fabric R&D Manager will source and develop fabric based on brand identity, trend and price point for John Varvatos Collection and Star USA; key areas of focus are soft jackets, outerwear, bottoms and shirting’s.  

Job Responsibilities:

•    Work with designer to develop and initiate seasonal fabric direction.
•    Work closely with merchandising and production to ensure key price points and merchandising seasonal directions are clearly developed per classification.
•    Implement all fabric development with mills once approved.
•    Work on fabric direction for each delivery.
•    Research trends in the market and interpret within price point.
•    Meet with fabric vendors to source, develop and select fabrics.
•    Travel to various fabric vendors overseas.
•    Work with production departments to stay up to date on available product and sources used within the Company.
•    Work with suppliers on prices, minimums, surcharges, fabric width, and fabric content.
•    Update and maintain fabric database system and related paperwork with required information.
•    Request swatches and source sub-proto yardage when necessary.
•    Maintain precise and detailed records of all fabric developments and wash developments from initial adoption through to pre- production.
•    Approve all lab dips.
•    Work with suppliers and production departments on any pre-production quality issues and to resolve bulk production issues.
•    Maintain fabric library.
•    Regular internal communication with design and production teams to exchange information.
•    Manage and mentor Fabric Development Coordinator.

Position Requirements:

•    Must have understanding of men's luxury tailored clothing fabric development.
•    Must have understanding of men's sportswear fabric development.
•    Strong knowledge in developing fabrics with mills both in Europe and Asia.
•    Strong background/knowledge in woven and knit construction and development.
•    Comprehension of the JV brand aesthetic and DNA.

Position Qualifications:

•    Well-developed communication (written & verbal) and organizational skills.
•    Resourceful, hands-on with a sense of urgency.
•    Must be very organized and detail oriented.
•    Great time management and ability to multi-task.
•    Ability to work in a team environment.

Education and Training:

•    Knowledge of MS Office, Proficient in Excel. Knowledge of PLM and Photoshop preferred.
•    Degree in textile design or technology a plus.


•    Minimum 8+ years’ experience with fabric sourcing and development.