Footwear and Leather Accessories Designer


Filled with vibrant neighborhoods, innovative talent, and thoughtful consumers, Nashville has become a strategic hub for the emerging sector of social enterprise. A new generation of businesses are finding creative solutions to extreme poverty, encouraged by both the established business base of the city as well as the value placed on the creative arts in local culture. At ABLE, we are proud to take the lead in our community and around the world in changing the business of fashion. 

Footwear and Leather Accessories Designer

ABLE is looking for a Footwear and Leather Accessories Designer whose industry expertise and strong communication will move the company forward in achieving our goals. The Footwear and Leather Accessories Designer will report to the Design Director. 

Day-to-day responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Adapts market research, trend intel and brand sales to specific designs seasonally with ABLE customer in mind
  • In partnership with Design Director, makes decisions on colors and materials
  • Daily communication with overseas partners in partnership with sourcing team
  • Spec development and management, detailing concept, materials, and specifications based on brand design guidelines
  • Develop and create illustrations and technical drawings for new designs in Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Manage and drive development from initial concept to production adhering to calendar deadlines and key milestones
  • Review prototypes in a timely manner, lead in house footwear fittings, and update tech packs to reflect modifications directly to factory
  • Collaborate with the sourcing team to design products within specific pricing and margin goals
  • Prepare and present design projects to planning and cross functional teams
  • Source innovative and new materials based on seasonal direction and company goals
  • Understand and utilize sales performance to design for ABLE customers
  • International travel and trade show attendance may be required

Required Skills & Competencies:

  • Focus and commitment to designing customer driven product 
  • Knowledge and in depth understanding of footwear construction and technical design skills including fit
  • Collaborative partner and team player
  • Must exhibit strong communication skills and flexibility in fast paced environment
  • Strong organizational, time management skills with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office Suite; Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Ability to sketch, CAD and understand foundational design elements
  • Strong understanding of costing and production process and  lead times
  • High level of organizational skills, including detail orientation and  throughout follow up
  • Proven ability to bring product to market in a timely cost effective manner
  • Creative, innovative problem solver with the ability to anticipate potential issues 
  • Experience with PLM system preferred


  • 5  years related footwear design experience.
  • Experience creating technical drawings, tech-packs, CADS 
  • Leather accessories design a plus


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience in footwear design, fashion or industrial design in order of preference

To apply, email your resume and cover letter to

ABLE is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all employees.