DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT – LEATHER GOODS, HANDBAGS

Recruiter
Ulla Johnson
Location
New York City, New York (US)
Posted
01 Oct 2021
Closes
01 Nov 2021
Contract Type
Permanent

Our Design and Development team is passionate about creating an innovative and beautiful product with a focus on handmade details and impeccable quality. With an ever expanding customer base and brand visibility, this is a great opportunity to join our rapidly growing company. You must possess an obsessive eye for detail and a strong work ethic.

Ulla Johnson is seeking a Design & Development Assistant for our handbag category.  The ideal candidate should have a balance of creative & conceptual thinking, organizational skills and attention to detail. The assistant will collaborate with the design & development team on seasonal collections from concept through pre-production samples.

A successful candidate will be able to prioritize and complete tasks independently, have excellent attention to detail, a strong sense of urgency, and will ensure that our processes are organized and administered effectively.

Primary Responsibilities

• Help research silhouettes, techniques, materializations, groups, and trends based on direction from designer

• Assemble and maintain mood board, design deck, color palette and line sheet for collection presentations based on direction from designer

• Assist designer with CADs and color ups

• Partner with development team to prepare detailed, technical correction comments on samples received from the factories

• Maintain accurate handbag inventory, tracking the status of all samples

• Initiate design intent deck for each season, describing design details of each silhouette

• Set up line sheet creation each season

• Conduct research for new silhouette names and seasonal color names

• Responsible for sample & material organization which includes receiving and sending packages, photographing samples & design details, filing material submits and approvals, maintaining materials library etc.

• Maintain sample closet, ensuring samples are stored & shipped properly

• Key role in runway/lookbook preparation; including but not limited to packing/unpacking of all samples, maintaining showroom organization, creating accessories board for “looks” allocations, assist with sample fixes and alterations, dresser backstage at runway shows etc.

Desired Skills and Experience Requirements:

• BA/BS degree or equivalent life experience

• Proficiency in Adobe inDesign, Adobe Photoshop & Microsoft Excel

• Flexibility to work on multiple projects simultaneously and proven multitasker

• Exceptional organizational skills and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment

• Self-starter personality; driven by deadlines with a high sense of urgency

• Willingness to learn and take direction

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