Job Details

Job title

Technical Designer, Lafayette 148 New York

Location

New York, United States

Level

Executive / Coordinator

Function

Design (Garments & Accessories)

Posted

Contract

Full-time, Salary Unspecified

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Job Description

Job Summary:

The Technical Designer will work closely with the design team throughout the development cycle.  From concept to pre-production, the Technical Designer will create samples that reflect the design’s aesthetic and meet manufacturing standards.  The person in this role will advise on all technical issues, communicate technical requirements to Pre- Production, and partner with relevant parties to achieve all development deadlines. 

 Responsibilities:

• Work closely with designers to create tech packs for proto and sales samples, merchandising requests, special programs and test garments

• Research new finishing and construction techniques seasonally

• Provide technical solutions to construction issues

• Partner closely with factory partners to resolve any outstanding issues during development cycle

• Serves as a liaison to NY sample room ensuring that quality standards and deadlines are consistently met

• Review pre-fit and costing notes with Pre-Production and work together to revise garments based on construction issues or cost objectives

• Add key measurements, ensure that photos are up to date and update sketches to accurately reflect finished samples in DeSL system

• Record patternmaker and designer’s notes in New York development fittings

• Attend Pre-Production fittings to ensure design aesthetic is maintained and to advise on any technical issues

• Possible travel to Shantou, China to assist with seasonal collection development as needed 

The Ideal Candidate

Desired Qualifications: 

• Fashion Degree with specialization in garment construction

• 5-7 year’s fashion industry experience on design or product development team.

• Full understanding of technology and its applications in product development

• Proficiency in Microsoft office

• Proficiency in DeSL, Illustrator, Photoshop, Bridge, Adobe Acrobat

• Knowledge of product development cycle

• Detail-oriented and results-driven

• Must be able to partner cross functionally

• Effective time management and prioritization skills

About Us

 Lafayette 148 New York is a global luxury fashion brand designed for today’s modern, sophisticated woman. Using the world’s most luxurious European fabrics and fine attention to detail, the Company produces timeless designs and modern styles renowned for their highest quality and exceptional fit. We strive to clothe and inspire women to look good, feel good and ultimately do good in the world. 

Founded 21 years ago at 148 Lafayette Street in the heart of Soho led by Deirdre Quinn and her partners  Shun Yen and Ida Siu, the Company was a pioneer in the total vertical integration of design, production, sales and fulfillment. It has extended its footprint globally, established a significant online presence and opened retail stores in the United States and abroad. The Company owns its own factory in China and currently employs 1700 people around the world. In 2018, the Company will be moving its US headquarters to the growing tech and creative community in the Brooklyn Naval Yard. There we will bring all our employees together and provide an even more seamless, collaborative and interactive work environment.

Lafayette 148 New York’s collection can be found in 400+ wholesale and specialty stores throughout North America including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Bergdorf Goodman and Holt Renfrew. In 2006, the Company introduced a direct to consumer business through lafayette148ny.com which is supplemented by our consumer catalog. In 2009, it launched its bricks & mortar retail strategy by opening its first stores in China. By the end of 2016, the Company had opened retail stores throughout China and 4 stores in the US with more planned in the coming years.