The Apparel Designer is responsible for the design of products in the Rapha Main and ensures that the range delivers unique products that lead the market in performance, quality and style. The role works together with a team of designers and Product Engineers to create innovative, relevant and well resolved products in-line with the company values, timelines and strategic goals.
Create innovative relevant and highly resolved products that keep Rapha at the forefront of the cycling industry.
Build insights into new relevant and compelling products that inspire the community
Work closely with the Atelier team to find creative solutions to riding specific problems
Collaborate with the Product Engineering, Materials and Sourcing teams to deliver seasonal projects on time and within budget.
Create accurate product cads and detailed information, fit, fabric & features across all
Contribute to the seasonal colour builds and story-telling capsules across the apparel range
Drive consistency and commerciality of fit
Discover, develop and present compelling narratives for multiple collections and product categories including market research, customer insights and problem solving for on-bike specific problems.
Connecting and championing product inside Rapha
Getting grand ideas over the line through careful concept building and precise execution.
Testing, first-hand feedback and experience of product, conditions and competitors.
Backing up design decisions up with proven insights and keeping commercial targets in mind
Ensure time is well allocated between all ranges in line with the business goals. Taking consideration of a wide range of customers, riding needs, and regions, drive the design of new products with love and passion for all ranges, with a range focused as well as detailed view on design language and fit
Support for downstream teams such as Development, to ensure products have the best possible chance of success
3-5 years experience within the apparel design industry
Approach all projects with passion, curiosity and tenacity.
Exemplify the Rapha standard for design and storytelling. Inspire others to do the same
Be approachable and collaborate internally and externally to deliver truly excellent work
Balance commercial imperatives with the need to constantly push the boundaries of design
Exceptional organisation and communication skills
Calm under pressure in a fast-paced environment
Demonstrate a clear passion and understanding for the sport
Own and lead cycling through exceptional product experiences. Propose new product concepts and new ways to enjoy riding
Continuously wanting to improve and create industry leading design.
Endeavour to always improve the product offering, sometimes through incremental improvements, sometimes through great leaps. Knowing the competitive landscape is a must, understanding where value lies for customer, and where we can improve.
Show empathy and support for team, sharing knowledge and skills with others to provide perspective and become stronger together