Technical Designer

New York, NY, USA
Posted 2 days ago

About the Company: Founded in 2016 by creative director Catherine Holstein, New York-based KHAITE evolves with each new season, building upon a foundation of robust yet polished items distinguished by exceptional materials and subtle yet striking details. The collection (pronounced “Kate”) takes its name from the Greek word (χαίτη) meaning “long, flowing hair.”

Khaite is looking for a Technical Designer that has as a remarkable understanding of how a garment is meant to fit and carefully measures all garments and accessories to ensure they align with product specifications and brand standards. The Technical Designer needs to identify potential problems with products and follow through to ensure any glitches are resolved prior to scheduled releases.

Role Priorities:

  • “Own” a perfect fit. Oversee and communicate from SMS stage to end production
  • Adhere to the established pattern calendars

Key Responsibilities:

  • Be the technical fit expert
  • Always share your knowledge of fit, construction, patternmaking and wash exposure (both fabric and garment)
  • Manage all women’s categories from SMS through TOP
  • Communicate daily with domestic and oversea factories to ensure the design intent is achieved for production
  • Coordinate and conduct weekly fit sessions to achieve on time fit approvals
  • Generate tech packs with photos and clear instructions via excel and RLM systems
  • Negotiate and balance seasonal budget charts for fit samples, patterns revisions, grading, and fit model
  • Evaluate production at local factories to ensure bulk aesthetics and specs are met at the factory level
  • Launch tech pack section in RLM for technical design department
  • Develop annual, seasonal, and product-specific calendars to manage product from SMS stage through production delivery
  • Working closely with the production team to follow up on fit tracker ETA and proactive vendor management (samples>>deliveries)
  • WIP management
  • Establish solid external relationships with existing and potential agents, suppliers and vendors for optimal cooperation and partnership
  • Communicate internally with Designers, Production and Merchandising consistently on any/all fabric, construction and quality concerns
  • Reinforce anticipation and pro-active problem resolution; monitoring and resolving all fit production issues to ensure quality merchandise with timely deliveries
  • Develop fit standards within a category or product group to ensure consistency throughout product lines, keeping in mind the brand DNA
  • Manage fit sessions, working closely with design to understand the creative vision of the line and translate design concepts
  • Provide technical recommendations to design staff to create consistency of fit/construction to help achieve design concepts and category initiatives
  • Work with design and overseas teams to cost engineer styles
  • Represent the Design team as needed in follow-up and decision-making related to aesthetics of assigned styles after each season's prototype review
  • FIT tracker updates on SMS samples , fit samples ETA and meet final approval cut dates are a must


  • Strong technical design development and apparel industry background
  • Minimum 10 yrs of hands-on experience in technical design and patternmaking
  • Must have Luxury brand market experience
  • Experience working for a fast growing company with domestic and overseas vendors.
  • Exposure and working knowledge of all sewing and factory processes
  • Past experiences including complex calendar management.
  • Overall prioritization and project management
  • Self-motivated with critical attention to detail, deadlines and reporting
  • Proven success adjusting to rapidly changing business needs; enjoy working and multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills, apparent in smooth communication during problem-solving meetings
  • Demonstrated poise, tact and diplomacy (calmness under pressure, confidence without arrogance)
  • Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills
  • Systems: advanced proficiency in MAC / Illustrator /Word/ Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Availability to travel both domestic and international

Please note : This job description does not list all duties of the job. Employees may be asked by management to perform other duties. The employer has the right to revise this job description at any time.

Khaite is an equal employment opportunity employer. We seek qualified applicants from a variety of backgrounds, skills, and perspectives. We do not discriminate on the basis of any protected attribute, including race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital or veteran status, pregnancy or disability, or any other basis protected under applicable law.

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