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Director, International & Wholesale Merchandising

New York, New York
Internship Job ID R-141451

About us

KnitWell Group, a specialty retail operating company, comprises some of the most iconic brands in America – Ann Taylor, LOFT, Lane Bryant, and Talbots. Individually, our brands are unique and strong. Together, we are powerful.

Our common thread is our commitment to create exceptional products, provide memorable experiences, and achieve superior results. Our associates are innovators who thrive through collaboration and are dedicated to excellence. At the heart of it all are the customers we serve. We are dedicated to creating fashion that not only looks good but also makes our customers feel good.

About the role

The international and Wholesale division was established in 2023 to drive enhanced value for both our enterprise and each individual brand by expanding consumer touchpoints though countries, categories, and channels.  Reporting to the President of International, the International and Wholesale Merchandising Director will be responsible for the Brand presentation outside of our owned channel.  This is a newly created role within a startup division that touches multiple functions across two brands providing an experienced merchant the opportunity to expand into general management.  This is an opportunity to join an exciting new business unit, working in a start-up environment, while accessing the resources and established infrastructure of a major company.

The impact you can have


  • Establish the wholesale merchandising function within Ann Taylor and LOFT

  • Build sound assortment strategies by brand to deliver seasonal brand messages and drive profitable growth

  • Develop floor ready directed assortments based on brand and partner segmentation.

  • Conduct commercial market activities


  • Serve as critical liaison between partners and brand marketing teams

  • Create seasonal marketing brief to ensure brand priorities translate to wholesale or franchise environments.

  • Ensure Asset management and capture for external use

Business Development

  • Develop a Sourcing forecasting process as the business expands

  • Review and determine licensed product approvals in keeping with the Brand DNA and guidelines

  • Business review: Review, report and make recommendations on brand performance within partner network.

  • Collaborate with brand (Ann Taylor & LOFT) leadership, Visual Merchandising, Sourcing, Marketing, and Finance.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Accomplished merchant with 10+ years of experience in women’s specialty apparel.

  • Exceptional leadership capabilities, executive presence, and the ability to influence others across functions, building support and engagement.

  • Ability to thrive in a startup environment.

  • Growth mindset and the ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment as we scale.

  • Prior experience with Sourcing, Marketing, Sales.

Benefits at KnitWell Group

  • Merchandise discount at our brands: 50% off regular-priced merchandise at Ann Taylor, LOFT, Lane Bryant, Talbots and Haven Well Within (in store and online). 

  • Support for your individual development plus career mobility within our family of brands.    

  • A culture of giving back – local volunteer opportunities, annual donation and volunteer match to eligible nonprofit organizations, and philanthropic activities to support our communities. *   

  • Medical, dental, vision insurance & 401(K) retirement. *  

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

  • Time off – paid time off & holidays. * 

  • The target salary range for this role is $175,000 - 200,000.*

*Any job offer will consider factors such your qualifications, relevant experience, and skills. Eligibility of certain benefits and associate programs are subject to employment type and role.

Applicants to this position must be authorized to work for any employer in the US without sponsorship. We are not providing sponsorship for this position. 

This position works in a hybrid model, with three days per week worked in the Times Square Tower location and two days per week worked remotely.   



Ascena NYC Corp Office-ascena-New York, NY 10036

Position Type:

Regular/Full time

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Company is committed to hiring and developing the most qualified people at all levels. It is our policy in all personnel actions to ensure that all associates and potential associates are evaluated on the basis of qualifications and ability without regard to sex (including pregnancy), race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability that can reasonably be accommodated without undue hardship, genetic information, military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected classification under federal, state, or local law. We do not discriminate in any of our employment policies and practices. All associates are expected to follow these principles in all relationships with other associates, applicants, or others with whom we do business.


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