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Global Design Director

Location: Irvine, CA
Job Type: Full Time
Date Posted: Aug 25


VONZIPPER is about lifestyle and personality. Our mission is to develop, design and deliver premium eyewear, goggles, soft goods and accessories to the alternative mindset through participation in the sideways subculture and a commitment to the individual. Everything we do is a reflection of relationships; from employees and team riders, to our retailers and their customers. We bring smiles to faces and touch people with positive declarations of rebellion.

VONZIPPER is a California-based eyewear and accessories manufacturer, founded in 2000 in a modest San Clemente warehouse. VZ began as a band of friends who shared a mutual magnetism to freedom and the do-it-yourself mentality. Today, over a decade later, VonZipper exists to spread that gospel through innovative design, supreme style, and strict attention to the details.

The Design Director is responsible for all aspects of the design and development of sunglasses, snow and motocross goggles, apparel and accessories from concept through production.

  • Create short and long-term design vision and strategies for the brand.
  • Collaborate with sales, marketing and art departments to provide product designs for market success.
  • Identify Key market trends and develop strategies to enhance the brand’s market position.
  • Utilize internal and external partnerships that leverage resources to improve business success.
  • Actively provide appropriate designs with regard to cost/value, fit and performance, manufacturability, sustainability and aesthetic finish.
  • Create new practices, processes and design applications to increase product value and performance.
  • Develop strong consumer-oriented points of view and lead the design effort in executing the vision through seasonal product launches, key brand and product initiatives.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Design and Development
  • Active management of line plans and product development calendar, with alignment to organizational priorities and consideration of cross-functional inputs.
  • Category reporting and merchandising support.
  • Consistent communication with vendors/suppliers to ensure prototypes, samples and production goods are developed and delivered as planned.
  • Negotiate costing with vendors/suppliers to achieve margin targets with high quality execution.
  • Create and manage all functional elements in Product Development process, including but not limited to:
  • Tech Packs, Spec Sheets, and Build Of Materials (B.O.M.)
  • Revision of 2D CAD drawings
  • Comments, approvals and limit samples
  • Maintain database of relevant testing and compliance requirements for all product lines.
  • Development of product briefs, mood boards and color concepts.
  • Photo editing: re-touch, re-color, photo manipulation, extensions, background clipping, corrections, etc.
  • Presentations and Communication
  • Communicate design vision, results and stories to internal and external audiences.
  • Manage global project planning and the presentation of projects at all stages, design reviews, sales meetings and tradeshows.
  • People
  • Set KPIs for individual team members as required.
  • Provide on-going feedback, coaching and recognition.
  • Work with HR to manage non-performance issues promptly and appropriately.
  • Work with HR to recruit, select, and induct direct reports.
  • Role model behaviours expected from your team and in line with company values.
  • Ensure employees are well informed and teamwork is fostered.
  • Ensure team adherence to legal and policy requirements.
  • Requirements
  • Strong organizational and project management skills with deadline-driven and detail-oriented attitude.
  • Experience leading a design team.
  • Goal-oriented and independent self-starter with ability to think on their feet and adapt quickly.
  • Proven ability to handle multiple assignments simultaneously.
  • Proactive and solution/result-oriented attitude.
  • Ability to perform under pressure and manage a complex array of tasks.
  • Understanding of industrial design is essential.
  • Sound knowledge of the eyewear, action sports and fashion industry.
  • Understanding the needs of the market, retailers, suppliers and merchandisers.
  • Demonstrated experience to research and develop designs, ideas, themes and convert ideas into products.
  • Experience in the development of themes through story boards.
  • Thorough knowledge of the product design process.
  • Experience in sourcing and production of suppliers.
  • Experience in briefing, directing and supervising the product development process.
  • Capability to independently manage projects, present and report at a senior management level.
  • Ability to manage the design and development of a variety of categories.


  • BS/BA Degree design related.
  • Qualifications in industrial & fashion Design or similar are essential.
  • 5+ years eyewear, goggle and apparel design experience.
  • Design for manufacturing experience/skills.
  • Project management expertise.
  • Experience in screen-printing a plus.
  • Proficient with Adobe Creative Suite (esp. Illustrator and Photoshop), including proficiency in vectoring and rendering art files.
  • Strong graphic/sketching skills a plus.
  • 3D CAD/rendering software knowledge a plus - Solidworks, Rhino, Bunkspeed, Keyshot.
  • Photo editing: retouching, recoloring, photo manipulation, extensions, clipping backgrounds, color corrections, etc.
  • Knowledge of the product design process including trend, forecast, color, styling, construction and fit.
  • Understanding / knowledge of eyewear, goggle and apparel materials.
  • Knowledge of competitive product, retail environments and market influences.
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