June 9, 2009

Juicy Couture is looking for an Associate Technical Designer

Associate Technical Designer: Girls - Juicy Couture

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Juicy Couture, founded in 1996 by Gela Nash-Taylor and Pamela Skaist-Levy, has evolved into a multimillion-dollar lifestyle brand, recognized around the world as the leading contemporary brand of casual lifestyle clothing. Originally known for the tracksuit, Juicy Couture has expanded to include womens and girls ready-to-wear apparel, shoes, swimwear, timepieces, handbags, jewelry, eyewear, and fragrance. Juicy also offers baby gear and a wide array of doggie accessories for the savvy puppy. In 2009, Juicy introduced a new collection called “Bird,” created for the girl whose personality is evidenced through her cutting edge sense of style. Juicy Couture currently operates 61 stand-alone retail locations across the U.S., including flagships on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and Fifth Avenue in New York, and is set to expand to 66 stores domestically the end of 2009. Internationally, Juicy Couture retail locations can be found in Italy, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates (Dubai). In 2009, a new flagship retail location will open in London on Bruton Street and 10 new stores will open in Asia, totaling 27 retail locations overseas. Juicy is also carried at leading department and specialty stores worldwide.

Work in conjunction with technical designers to leverage work experience, product knowledge and apparel process understanding to facilitate the timely development of fit and construction of styles within a specific product category.

•Assist in facilitating the transition of apparel styles from design concept / first prototype to a final, production-ready sample.
•Execute design and fit intent into bulk production while maintaining Juicy Couture’s high quality standards.
•Collaborate with business partners to gain clear direction and consensus of fit intent; ensure size and fit consistency within the brand and across product categories.
•Support completing design specification package, including: flat sketch with measurements, construction details, measurement specifications with appropriate tolerances and any predefined performance standards.
•Manage and facilitate the communication of all information necessary to create garment, including: BOMs, graphics and placements.
•Develop together with technical designers technical specifications and communicate fit to vendors / factories for corrections and approvals.
•Support business partners on creation of a style by establishing the initial block spec and construction detail as directed by technical designers.
•Ensure products are developed in a manner consistent with established fit and quality standards, manufacturer capabilities and cost specifications.
•Identify potential production, quality and costing issues and make recommendations to ensure brand integrity.
•Analyze garments to determine compliance of spec, construction, and fit intent.
•Help to facilitate fit session on live model and / or mannequin and take ownership of specific product(s).
•Make appropriate fit and construction adjustments with factories as required to ensure integrity of design-approved prototypes while monitoring quality and targeted price.
•Manage the sample development process and ensure seasonal deadlines are met; support the T&A calendar objectives.
•Collaborate and develop close working relationships with Design, R&D, Merchandising, Production, QA, Sourcing Offices and vendors to ensure the quality, delivery and business practices are achieved and upheld.
•Foster open communication and a team environment with all business partners; receive constructive feedback professionally.
•Track and manage workflow and workload for own product and ensure product areas are maintained.
•Perform other duties as required.

•Bachelor's degree in Fashion - Apparel/Textile Design, Manufacturing, Product Development, Merchandising, or a related field.
•2-5 years work experience in the Apparel Industry including technical design and / or patternmaking with construction experience and understanding of total production timeline. Other knowledge should include a basic understanding of grading, costing of garments, textiles, garment testing, draping and fitting.
•Comprehensive understanding of the apparel design & development process from inception through production.
•Knowledge of garment construction standards and manufacturing methods and textiles and interlinings and how they interact with the cutting and sewing of a garment.
•Ability to properly measure garments according to manual standards.
•Strong design, prototyping, and research skills.
•Attention to detail, initiative, organization and strong verbal and written communication skills.
•Ability to multi-task, proactively trouble shoot, problem solve, and the ability to effectively influence.
•Strong computer knowledge, including Microsoft Excel, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
•Prior experience with patternmaking is an additional benefit.
•Organized, accurate and articulate.

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