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Design Development Assistant

Lein Studio
New York City
Closing date
11 May 2024

Ideal candidate will come from an Eveningwear, Bridal or Luxury RTW background, and have a  keen interest and/or experience in design and development. 

Key Responsibilities: 

• Reporting to the Designer, you will be working as a right hand to realize design ideas from  approved sketches, through development, managing sampling with factories, and follow  through development of each product to production. 

• Continuously propose new ideas, concepts, and techniques in line with Brand’s vision • Plan, coordinate, and execute all sampling, to ensure timely delivery of all sample sets. • Responsible for overseeing fabric and sampling development with all overseas and local  factories and mills. 

• Manage work of patternmakers and fabric development. 

• Build detailed tech packs, design specs, and factory hand offs for new developments  (techniques, garment, etc.) 

• Manage trim sourcing & development. 

• Liaise with factories and arrange development fittings. 

• Updating of sketches after fittings 

• Sample and source new fabric and trim qualities. 

• Costing of each style ahead of market 

• Maintain clear records of all design development: color/lab dips, fabrications, swatches,  trims, reference tears, etc. 

• Assist in custom client proposals (CADs, digital package prep, etc) 

• Zedonk data entry 

Qualifications and Skills: 

• BA or equivalent qualification - Creative background preferred. 

• International and Local relationships with fabric and trim mills as well as factories • Possess strong sketching abilities (both technical and illustrative) 

• Software: Microsoft office (Excel), Adobe (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator), Zedonk • Clear knowledge of sampling processes, garment construction and finishings. • Highly organized and can keep on top of a fast-paced day to day. 

• Solutions-based thinker 

• Positive, can-do attitude 

• Hands on, able to work and lead well. 

• Proven ability to execute and deliver to deadlines on time. 

Portfolio must be submitted with application in order to be considered.

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