Design Assistant

New York City, New York (US)
06 Sep 2021
04 Oct 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Reports to: Executive Creative Director

Classification: ‘Exempt’ Salary Position

Job Summary: This position will work as part of a close and collaborative design team on all aspects of collection development in the creation of seasonal collections and special projects.

Essential Job Functions:

  • 100% proficiency in entire CAD/Adobe Suite
  • Work thoroughly on all aspects of the design and development process to ensure that the collection is ready on time by working closely with factories, suppliers and the development team
  • Research and forecast trends and themes for the collections, with direction from the senior team members and Executive Creative Director
  • Communicate concepts and ideas via research, sketches, fabric, trims, presentation boards, etc.
  • Be present in fittings, assisting design team and atelier team with fittings; prepare in advance for collection and custom fittings
  • Oversee and maintain all creative and design boards throughout the season with ongoing daily updates
  • Maintain all development design updates in digital database (i.e.: fabric changes, sketch modifications, etc.)
  • Must be prepared to show and present progress, updates, deliverables, etc. in daily design team “touch-base” meetings
  • Produce clearly detailed technical packages for collection development using CAD software
  • Must have awareness of the global fashion industry, market, trends, etc.
  • Aide in sourcing and researching fabrics, materials and trims and ensuring said vendors stay within concept and within timeline
  • Create mood and concept boards based on thorough research for each collection theme
  • Ensure that collection samples and special projects are completed and adhere to the designated timeline
  • Inspect, follow-through and maintain quality within all aspects of the collection
  • Hire, oversee and manage interns as a part of the internship program
  • Be able to meet deadlines, work on multiple projects and work long hours
  • Must be a self-starter with the ability to manage own schedule and allocate time efficiently to projects, while at the same time must take direction well from supervisors
  • Have creative sensibility as well as an eye for Marina Moscone standards of quality, color, silhouette, fabric, etc.
  • Be able to prioritize and organize well and have strong time management skills
  • Must have a good understanding of designer-level garment construction and design from a technical perspective
  • Have strong and professional written and verbal communication skills
  • Be able to develop and nurture strong relationships with suppliers, vendors, fabric agents, etc., representing the brand-name professionally and to the company standards.

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