Apparel Design Assistant

Tai Apparel
Minneapolis, MN, USA
Posted 1 day ago
Full time





  • Apparel manufacturer with US Sales and Design team based domestically and overseas
  • Specialize in knit and woven apparel
  • US Sales and Design team located in Minneapolis and LA
  • US Design and Sourcing team based in China driving a fast fashion speed to market business model
  • Design team specializes in trend, fabric, technical spec/fit, sketches, fit approvals, CADs, graphics, art separations and art strike offs.


Support the product design team by assisting in day-to-day responsibilities in the office to meet internal and external needs.


·      Passionate about the apparel industry & art

·      Possesses a strong design aesthetic and eye for fashion

·      Ability to deliver under tight deadlines

·      Knowledgeable in fashion and trend

·      Proficient on Mac platforms

·      Quick and eager to learn

·      Driven to innovate and execute

·      Self-motivated with a collaborative attitude

·      Positive, Drama-free

·      Operates well within feedback culture and strives to develop in role

·      Passionate about developing & driving product assortments that make sense and will sell thru to the customer


·      Understanding of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator

·      Base knowledge of fabrics, washes, treatments, and silhouettes

·      CAD experience is not required, but a plus


·      Work alongside team to learn internal product design and development process.

·      Collaborate, strategize + develop deck presentations.

  • Task examples includes realist sketches, color fill, layer fill, graphic placement, art boards.

·      Work across a variety of apparel categories to deliver upon retailer expectations.

·      Assist Designer/Merchandiser to develop and design trend right and compelling product to fit the needs and white space opportunities of the retailers we serve

·      Work across a variety of apparel categories to deliver upon retailer expectations.

·      Assist team with follow up meeting/narrowed CAD decks for retailers.

·      Maintain flexible working hours that account for calls across various time zones.

·      Provide trend direction input when appropriate (example: making silhouette direction recommendations when necessary).

Office Tasks:

·      Expectation is to be in office Monday-Friday in case anything is needed

·      Primarily answering the door for FedEx, UPS, USPS and DHL during regular business hours

·      Opening packaging and sorting them in their appropriate locatoins

·      Main point of contact for managing computer passwords

·      Shipping packages for team members (as needed)

·      Pull samples for designers & sales team as needed

·      Returning inspirational/reference samples to retailers

·      Sample management- organizing weekly sample development review and TOP photography

·      Ordering office supplies

·      Ordering color standards for Design

·      Keeping office clean/organized

·      Making FedEx labels for other team members

·      Donations - drop off at Goodwill, Salvation Army

·      Various projects that come up, for example; office reno scheduling, fabric organization or wifi issues

·      Create style #s & upload style #s to PLM

·      Onboarding and aiding in uploading necessary systems on new employee's computers

·      Managing our employee exit checklist

·      Managing Adobe Licenses

·      Sending birthday wishes & gifts

·      Planning team HH's / events

  • LEARN:
  • Learn the internal Tai product design and development process
  • Fabric, Silhouette, Wash Techniques, Style #, Technical Design Process, Sampling Process, Sketching & Project Management Process
  • Research and provide trend insight from the market to architect a product strategy/assortment.

·      Identify key item/white space/emerging trends with regards to silhouettes, fabric, color, techniques and trims to ensure product is consistently relevant and evolving with the market through trend shopping, online research (WGSN), etc.

  • Ability to translate pre-peak trends to mid-tier/mass retailers
  • Constantly brainstorming newness, in partnership with design.
  • Regularly pull art inspiration for graphic artists.
  • Meet with Sales Team to strategize upcoming needs/meeting goals & approach.

  • Develop product, in partnership with development designer based on market trends/retailer needs & white space.
  • Comp Shop the market, online, Instagram, WGSN – finding inspiration everywhere
  • Sample Handoff :
  • Partner with designers to hand over TP’s to Tech team
  • Manage sample ETA’s vs due dates
  • Develop CAD presentations for upcoming meetings.
  • Partner with Assistant Design to assign style numbers for all new silhouettes.

  • Assist Designer in organizing, prepare, pack apparel line for upcoming meeting. Time management skills
  • Assist Designer/Merchandiser in presenting apparel concept and product lines (via CADS & samples) to various retailers
  • Quick on your feet and comfortable with on the spot questions/challenges
  • Assist sales with follow up meeting/narrowed CAD decks for retailers
  • Communicate design meeting follow-up/ changes to internal and external groups (US design, overseas team, sales, merchants, TD team, as needed)
  • Own design/art follow-ups post retailer meetings.
  • Responsible for prioritizing needs for design team in partnership with sales team to ensure prompt response.
  • Help drive urgent/one off chase requests
  • MISC
  • Flexible work hours due to conference calls overseas, Skype chat.
  • Positive attitude and always looking to work smarter, not harder
  • Be open to new ways of doing things - different – better – more efficient

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