Apparel Designer Job Description

Apparel Designer Job Description

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Apparel designer provides development, input, and support of the industrial design, packaging design/engineering, and brand management, for current and new products.

Apparel Designer Duties & Responsibilities

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Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Evaluates samples for fit, measurement, construction, pattern shaping and functionality to insure fit and proper styling
Travel - Both for creative research, to work with factories on product development and techniques
Provides technical direction, internally and externally, on corrective actions needed to bring samples to brand fit standards
Issues grading guidelines to vendors after fit approval
Select textiles and color, graphics/prints, materials, fit, and trims to enhance product aesthetic, ensuring that construction, finishing techniques, and textiles enhance product usability
Collaborate with Senior Designer/Director on seasonal fabric and yarn direction, working with Product Development on research and development of qualities
Maintains daily communication with Merchandising, Product Development, Production and Technical Design teams regarding QA results and development issues
Oversee Domestic Product Development of Nickelodeon brands
Specing and preparing samples prior to fitting – communicating any concerns to the Product Development team, the Technical Design management team
Conduct fittings – following department protocol - pinning the garment and resolving any fit issues and demonstrating to the design team that the corrections being applied will result in the desired look

Apparel Designer Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Education for Apparel Designer

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the apparel designer job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and Collage Degree in Design, Apparel Design, Fashion Design, Fashion, Graphic Design, Education, Associates, Illustration, Textile Design, Business

Skills for Apparel Designer

Desired skills for apparel designer include:

Garment construction
Industrial design
Fashion product and fashion design/industrial product
Product development
Silhouettes
Fabrication
Material and trims
Fit
Functional sportswear products
Draping and fitting techniques preferable

Desired experience for apparel designer includes:

Collaboration - Work with cross-functional team (Merchandising, Design, Sourcing, Technical Design, factories/vendors) to ensure that the design vision is being carried out with integrity
Translates the design concept developed by Design/Merchandising into specification packages which detail garment measurements, design features and construction requirements
Involves partners (Design/Merchandising) in the resolution of problems, as necessary
Creates design and product concepts for defined projects in collaboration with other designers that are dedicated to the projects
Thorough knowledge of graphics production (e.g.,silk screen color separation
Create new athletic men’s and women’s apparel products, seasonal color palettes, or seasonal vision / concepts using trends in fashion and culture, competition, and Reebok past designs as catalysts

Apparel Designer Examples

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Apparel Designer Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking for an apparel designer. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for apparel designer
  • Manage fit time making sure to effectively utilize models the design team’s time
  • Design Outerwear collections following the key parameters provided by design management that take into account cost, style, fit, fabric, trims, construction and technology
  • Participate in fit and prototype review sessions
  • Create hand-drawn sketches, designs, and ideations as digitally rendered line art, flat patterns, technical drawings, and other required art / illustrations
  • Resolve product design and development problems
  • Apply appropriate research methods and resources to efficiently obtain current, reliable, and credible information regarding markets, colors, trends, consumers, retailer strategies, and other required types of information
  • Review details on prototypes with developer and merchandiser
  • Design graphics for t-shirts, and accessories
  • Reviews protos with development to make comments
  • Conducts market research relating to graphics and t-shirts
Qualifications for apparel designer
  • Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design or related field, plus 5 years of apparel design experience
  • Athletic apparel design experience for global markets, including both men’s and women’s
  • Preparation of apparel design sketches, incorporation construction and functional concepts
  • Experience designing concept images to incorporate mood, trend and function elements
  • Understanding of application of graphics in apparel design
  • Understanding of color merchandising across seasons
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Apparel Designer Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking for an apparel designer. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for apparel designer
  • Partner with the product development team establish a full working knowledge of raw materials, washes and finishes specific to the casual apparel product
  • Organizes and archives graphics by season/category
  • Responsible for produce press checks at local vendors
  • Manage and design SMU requests (Design and Tech Packs)
  • Oversee freelance artist projects
  • Execute graphic design vs
  • Collect relevant information needed to create truly international Apparel
  • Researches global, domestic and competitive markets to identify new trends, fabrics and techniques
  • Ensures that product is consistent with market trends while maintaining the brand identity and business strategy
  • Partners with Merchandising team to set seasonal framework and ensure creative ideas and business goals are in tandem
Qualifications for apparel designer
  • Has demonstrated the ability to develop associate(s) broader responsibilities and is recognized by peers as a leader, trainer and someone to emulate
  • Recognized as possessing exceptional cross-functional teamwork skills
  • College Degree emphasizing Technical Design and/or Engineering, Textiles & Clothing
  • Experience applying knowledge of apparel construction and materials to sportswear designs
  • Experience assessing cost/margin impact of various design choices including materials selection, construction options and production considerations
  • Experience researching global consumer trends in sports apparel incorporating results into designs
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Apparel Designer Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is hiring for an apparel designer. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for apparel designer
  • Know our core consumer and the activities they participate in
  • Balance time by reading vertical and mainstream publications, visiting web sites, and understanding what motivates our core consumer
  • Spend time in the market exploring relevant places of our core consumer
  • Understand our competition, their brand message and their product lines
  • Monthly research and presentation from core through mainstream accounts
  • Review patterns from the supplier and apply corrections and/or detailed diagrams that reflect the adjustments reviewed during the fitting, ensuring that there is a correlation between the correction requested and the final spec
  • Assist the Manager / Director of Technical Design in maintaining a reference pattern library and making sure that the established standards for minimum specs are maintained
  • Manage workload with an ability to prioritize based on set deadlines
  • Work closely with the design team, understand the vision and provide technical expertise, by foreseeing problems and offering alternatives to the design team
  • Review grading, making sure proportions are maintained throughout the size range, making adjustments when necessary for smaller or larger sizes
Qualifications for apparel designer
  • Must have portfolio demonstrating expertise in the requirements listed above containing both men’s and women’s athletic apparel and encompassing all facets of design process
  • 2-3 domestic/international trips a year
  • Willing and able to travel for R&D, inspiration, trade shows and Vans related
  • Kidsapparel graphic experience with a focus in boy and toddler boy, a bonus ifexperience in girl
  • 3-5Years of graphics retail / textile experience
  • Strong illustration skills and traditional drawing medias, suchas acrylic paint, chalk, charcoal, conte, crayon, gouache, pen and ink,watercolour, pencil and pastel
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Apparel Designer Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is hiring for an apparel designer. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for apparel designer
  • Coordinate with developers and designers to assure fit and styling
  • Review stock upon request and communicate any issues to all related parties offshore offices and suppliers
  • Customer focused, providing service to internal, external customers
  • Surface concerns on performance of suppliers , quality of protos, countersamples, on time submission of samples and execution
  • Provide all pertinent information to the production & customs teams
  • Sketch product designs and produce line art to communicate design concepts, including multiple views and detail sketches
  • Oversee and approve innovation development for Outerwear material and trim design
  • Identify problems and develop solutions or innovative approaches to the design and development of Outerwear apparel merging Performance and Lifestyle design
  • Create design/concept boards to communicate design and seasonal direction
  • Create supporting artwork that illustrates design concepts
Qualifications for apparel designer
  • Extremely knowledgeable of Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Excellent eye for color and colorways
  • Willingness and courage to push design boundaries and constantlythink outside of the box
  • Works well independently and at an extremely fast pace
  • Has the ability to translate conceptual vague ideas, into preciseunderstandable ideas, to merchants and directors
  • Ability to multitask managing design work with business requests In-depth knowledge of design techniques and processes
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Apparel Designer Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking for an apparel designer. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for apparel designer
  • Review and fit samples, and provide detailed pattern corrections for best fit and construction
  • Drive the designed concept point of view and maintain the desired fit strategy for the season
  • Manage fit sessions with design, production and merchandising providing details to team that effect cost and markup
  • Research market needs/trends and design to product briefs for both brand driving and commercial product
  • Identify new or innovative concepts, materials, manufacturing process, and suggest ways to improve the overall process
  • Select materials and trims used in product designs
  • Represent company at Outerwear specific trade shows
  • Present Outerwear collection designs to upper management
  • Mentor more junior designers and design apprentices
  • Identify new or innovative concepts, materials, manufacturing process, and suggest ways in which they could improve the overall process and positively impact the team
Qualifications for apparel designer
  • Highly organized and has capacity to anticipate change based on events
  • Executes to timelines and provides timely solutions
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Application, Illustrator
  • Bachelor’s Degree in design, fine arts or fashion required
  • Must be computer literate using Macintosh computer design applications including Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign
  • Proven ability to thrive in a rapidly changing work environment

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