Hi! My name is Greta and I am Ann Taylor’s Associate Suit Designer. Suits may not be the most flashy category on the floor, and some might think designing something that can be conservative season after season would get dull, but I think it’s just the opposite! It’s profoundly inspiring to work on something that is a hallmark of the Ann Taylor brand.
Our customer needs something classic but she’s also looking for diversity and excitement. The 21st century woman doesn’t want her mom’s suit. To me, the beauty of designing suits is the challenge of interpreting those needs in a way that is subtle, feminine, refined, and cognizant of our customer’s high taste level and attention to detail.
My daily responsibilities vary – on any given day I could be sketching and setting up technical packages, working with in-house patternmakers on muslins, collaborating with my merchant and production partners, attending fittings or concept meetings, helping to pull new fabrics or working with the rest of the team to build the line. I love playing with beautiful fabrics and tweaking traditional interior details in our suit jackets. Presenting new sketches each season is nerve wracking but really exciting! The best part, without a doubt, is seeing those sketches come to life – getting new samples in is like having Christmas every season, and seeing it on our customer is even more exciting!