Assistant Knitwear Designer

Cobalt Fashion
New York, NY, USA
Posted 2 days ago
Full timeRetail Apparel and Fashion
Are you a movement maker? Are you seeking new and exciting career opportunities?

Here is what you need to know about the job:

Ralsey offers a wealth of experience and an integrated approach to the US Knitwear business with the finest design expertise, product development, sourcing and market intelligence. The company takes pride in its ability to work closely with a broad customer base to collaborate, create and develop high quality, innovative design. Ralsey hosts a knowledgeable, energetic, creative team that is highly responsive to the daily demands of a fast-paced fashion and retail environment making it a major player in the private label knitwear arena. Ralsey, not your typical knitwear company.

Primary Responsibilities

As an Assistant Designer, you will support the Senior Designer in all aspects of the product lifecycle from innovative concept to final development. The Assistant Designer will research, create and execute original design concepts from relevant trends, communicate with cross-functional teams including Design, Sales, Merchandising, Production & Digital and assist in preparation for all milestone meetings.

Design Research & Development

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Senior Designer in researching overarching trends for seasonal line development.
  • Research, shop and analyze retail and runway to compile comprehensive analysis reports.
  • Assist with color research and preparing seasonal palettes. Including ordering standards.
  • Research and develop new trims and brand appropriate details.
  • Prepare and execute professional and creative digital presentations for milestone meetings and seasonal development.
  • Assist in video and photoshoots for milestone meetings.
  • Assist in giving presentations internally and to the customer.
  • Sketch and CAD designs.
  • Generate and prepare detailed account-specific tech packages for Senior Designer.
  • Execute specs and layouts under guidance of Senior Designer, sketch and spec samples as needed.
  • Track and maintain yarn & stitch KD and internal sample development.
  • Assist the Senior Designer and Technical Designer in fittings to learn to comment and convey the intended fit of each garment.

Yarn Research & Development

  • Research and develop new yarn, yarn mixes and stitch development for account-specific needs,
  • while adhering to production and costing requirements.
  • Collaborate with Design team to create new yarns.
  • (Including ordering, tracking and receiving all yarn headers, test bodies and development).
  • Order yarns, track, cut swatches, prepare and execute account-specific seasonal yarn decks.

Digital Development

  • Assist in raising tickets for all account-specific digital development and follow up with comments, changes and final downloads.
  • Maintain clear communication with digital team to manage digital development and expectations, with HK and NY Offices.

Records Maintenance

  • Log in, maintain and return buy sample references.
  • Maintain design resources and archives.
  • Handle shipping and tracking both domestically and internationally between Ralsey offices and clients.
  • Maintain clear daily communication with Hong Kong Team

Skills & Qualifications

  • Superior organizational skills and excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Strong multi-tasking and time management skills
  • Self-Motivated with a team player attitude
  • Advanced in Adobe Suite, Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign for creative presentation deck development
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, PowerPoint for presentations
  • Proficient on Mac Computer
  • Ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment
  • Creative sketching skills, color sense and yarn knowledge
  • A strong interest and passion for knitwear
  • Two years’ experience in knitwear


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