Associate Designer-RTW Knitwear

Location
West Hollywood, California
Posted
12 Nov 2021
Closes
12 Dec 2021
Level
Manager
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Jonathan Simkhai is seeking an Associate Designer to join the RTW design team. This role will support all aspects in the design process under the guidance of the Design Director and work closely with PD/Tech team as well as the Atelier. The ideal candidate is a creative individual who has design experience for luxury and/or contemporary market. 

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Participate in seasonal concept research including research on vintage sourcing, garment construction, finishing techniques, fabric treatments, and trims ideas.
  • Design seasonal RTW collection based on a compressive understanding of the merch plans.
  • Responsible for interpreting the seasonal direction into innovative and commercial designs. Analyzes past best and worst sellers for future developments. 
  • Develop for new drapes, stitches, trials on new finishing. Launch swatch development with vendors. 
  • Create color-ups, stitch layout, print and embellishment placement on sketches for approval as well as 1:1 CAD as needed. 
  • Own and maintain seasonal boards (inspirations, print concepts, trials, etc). 
  • Work with product developer, technical designer, and vendors to ensure styles are executed to design specifications.
  • Attend & participate in prototype & sample fittings, take notes and follow-up as needed. Be the point of contact for design changes and revisions. 
  • Manage and train seasonal interns to ensure their learning in all aspects in the design and development. 
  • Assist in lookbook fittings, styling, and digital assets creation for marketing. 

Qualifications and Skills:

  • 3-5 years of experience in design for Womenswear. Must have knitwear experience. Experience in runway collection is plus. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and team player
  • Strong time management and organizational skills to establish priorities and meet specific deadlines
  • Advanced knowledge in illustrator, Photoshop, and other design software
  • In-depth knowledge of yarn, stitches, knitting machines 
  • Proficient in demonstrated design in hand drawing, CAD, and using drape
  • Ability to work in a global, multi-cultural environment  
  • Self-motivated with a strong sense of urgency 

About Us

Established in 2010, the Jonathan Simkhai brand provides luxury ready-to-wear for today’s woman. The core aesthetic philosophy plays with the tension of feminine strength and sensuality; this is reflected in the employment of customized fabrics, romantic detailing, linear lines, and contoured silhouettes. Through designs that seek to embolden women with confidence and ease, the brand represents modern versatility.

Jonathan Simkhai launched his eponymous label after years of experience as a buyer and merchandiser. Early success of the label propelled Simkhai into the CFDA {Fashion Incubator} program and then the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, which Simkhai won in 2015. With company offices in New York and LA, the brand continues to redefine the 21st-century wardrobe and reinvigorate American fashion.

 

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