Design Assistant - Fabric, Trims & CAD

Primrose Hill, London NW1
Competitive Salary
13 Sep 2022
13 Oct 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

Sahara makes clothes for the free-spirited, independent woman. It's a proudly independent, female-run, family business founded in the 1970s, it has 15 own brand stores and over 150 independent stockists across the UK and abroad. 

We are looking for all rounder Design Assistant with a keen interest in fabrics and trims with excellent CAD skills to join our Design Team. 

The Design Assistant is a key and a diverse role; one which also requires excellent organisational, communication and design skills.

As a person, you will naturally be creative with a well-developed sense of colour and an innate love and knowledge of woven and jersey textile fabrics and prints.

  • Entry level job, ideally with 1 years' experience
  • Fashion BA degree
  • Passion for fabrics and textiles with excellent knowledge 
  • Sound understanding of garment construction
  • Advanced Adobe Creative Suite knowledge - Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator.
  • Proficient with MS Excel

You will be able to work to tight deadlines within a fast-paced environment and thrive in a busy department with ever changing priorities. With a Design or Textile degree and internship/work experience under your belt  you will be keen to progress in your Design path.

Core Responsibilities

Working within a busy design team, your responsibilities whilst not exhaustive, will include:


  • Independently source fabrics from existing mills, source new fabric mills and attend trade fairs.
  • Create and maintain accurate price lists for sourced fabrics
  • Order all sampling fabrics and knitwear yarns for each season and follow critical path
  • Send fabric swatches, colour standards and fabric rolls to factories/mills
  • Archive all fabrics from past seasons with all key fabric information
  • Sales analysis of fabric performance season to season.
  • Action lab dips, track and approve and mange colour standards.
  • Managing and maintaining the archive of past season's best-selling styles 
  • Organising and maintaining records of departmental contacts and suppliers
  • Providing general administration support for the design department on a daily basis
  • Organising and booking retail store visits and foreign trips for Designers


  • Create proportioned CADs from Designer's sketches with all garment construction details provided by designers.
  • Create coloured CADs / print-filed CADs on photoshop/illustrator
  • Create factory-ready tech packs for all garments with all notes and garment construction details
  • Create sample programme sheets, keep an up to date sample tracker.
  • Action samples with factories to be produced, liaising with suppliers, factories and mills.
  • Organise sample garments when they arrive - tag and keep track of deliveries.
  • Organise and keep track of all physical garments for all seasons.
  • Archive garment samples from past seasons
  • Create line sheets, range overviews.
  • Sales analysis of garments sold well for each season - keep up-to-date folder of sales performance for Creative Director and Designers.


  • Source trims for the season, meet with suppliers and made selections. 
  • Order and track orders through to delivery.
  • Archive sampling trims, buttons, zips and poppers with article reference. 

As a person you will:

  • Be highly organised
  • Have great communication skills and be confident conversing on the phone and over email
  • Have a positive, can-do attitude with a solution-driven approach

We offer:

  • a competitive salary
  • a generous holiday allowances
  • flexible start and finish times in a friendly office
  • discretionary annual bonus, where company performance allows
  • access to exclusive perks and discounts via Perkbox

Sahara is passionate about working with great people & we love to build inspirational, creative teams. We know how important it is to enjoy your working day and we are lucky to have beautiful offices with an abundance of natural light. We promote a friendly, non-corporate environment at our HQ; we are passionate and hard-working and enjoy socialising both in and out of the office.

We are the women of Sahara. We are unconstrained. Our adventurous spirit leads us beyond the High Street to destinations lesser known. For clothes that mean more. That add to the story of our lives.  We are unique. Try and pin us down, it doesn’t work. Label us and it won’t stick. We believe that demographics divide, age is just a state of mind and body type is what each one of us sees in the mirror.  

We are leaders. Visionaries in our own right. Creative, passionate - and only ever underestimated once.

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