Job Details

Job title

Mens Knitwear Designer, Pringle of Scotland

Location

London, United Kingdom

Level

Manager

Function

Design (Garments & Accessories)

Posted

Contract

Freelance / Contracted, 30K - 40K

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Job Description

The Mens Knitwear Designer will be required to provide support to the existing Mens Design Team for approximately 7 months.They will be responsible for initial research, creation, design development and tech packs for the mens knitwear collection as directed by the Mens Design Director.They will work closely with the Product Development Team to ensure a brand image in line with the Pringle of Scotland heritage, luxury and commercial strategy.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Research for all collections to include: online, library, vintage garments, shop research etc
  • To develop design concepts for the menswear collection through inspiration and research to create a seasonal and on-brand aesthetic
  • Design and create inspiring knitwear pieces that fully represent the brand’s heritage and seasonal point of view by sketching and textile experimentation/development 
  • Utilize strong technical knowledge when creating designs with the ability to personally knit trial swatches in the studio when required
  • Demonstrate a consideration for price point and quality, ensuring the range offers commercially accessible styles as well as innovative and aspirational pieces
  • Present design ideas at meetings with the Design Director
  • Sketch range for the knitwear product group with appropriate detailing and construction/ technical notes as directed by the Design Director
  • Develop design ideas through swatch creation and stitch layout design
  • Hand over swatch launches, artworks and detailed tech packs to the Product Development Team to enable sampling process to commence
  • Participate at prototype fittings, making corrections and suggestions to improve the design and construction of the knitwear as and when required
  • Work with key members of the Product Development Team to ensure the quality and timely delivery of the knitwear collection
  • Take responsibility for personally working to and achieving the critical path
  • Adhere to all Pringle of Scotland procedures and policies

The Ideal Candidate

PERSONAL SPECIFICATION

  • Previous knitwear design experience (ideally 3+ years) and able to demonstrate compatible design “hand writing”
  • Technical expertise in knitwear, both machine and hand made, is essential
  • An extensive knowledge of yarn, stitches and knitwear production methods is required
  • Experience within a luxury brand environment is preferred
  • The successful candidate must be able to work independently as well as collaboratively; be a strong communicator; driven and inspirational
  • Self-motivated, diligent and organized
  • Able to manage time effectively and adhere to a logical time plan

About Us

Pringle of Scotland was founded in 1815 by Robert Pringle as manufacturers of knitted hosiery. With over a 200-year history, it can be considered one of the oldest luxury fashion brands in the world. It was Pringle, decades after its inception, that embraced and encouraged the technical innovations that led to the creation of knitted outerwear, and indeed coined the term ‘knitwear’ to describe its ever-growing collections. The signature Argyle pattern, the ‘twinset’ and cashmere cardigans that graced the shoulders of British royalty and Hollywood stars were all made famous, made relevant or in some instances made for the first time, by Pringle of Scotland.

Today, Pringle continues to be a champion of British heritage and talent, but it is thanks to Robert Pringle and the Scottish knitwear industry in Hawick over two centuries ago that knitwear has such a prominent place in the lives and wardrobes of men and women around the world.