TECHNICAL DESIGNER, PLUS CATEGORY

Frankly
Chicago, IL, USAWFH / Online
Posted 14 days ago
Contractor

About the Company:

Frankly is a small but mighty team on a mission to make braless fashion inclusive for a wider range of cup sizes. Because, Frankly, it’s about damn time!

A little bit about us: we are a women-owned company that is always striving to do what is right in an industry that doesn’t always act that way. We prioritize quality over quantity and always make our clothes ethically and sustainably. We love listening to our customers and engaging them in every aspect of our brand. We are changing the fashion status quo because clothing should fit our bodies, not the other way around. We love what we do, and we make work fun!

We hope you’ll join us on our quest to make bra-less clothing for every-body.

What You’ll Do:

  • Research and study fashion trends, anticipating designs that will appeal to the Frankly’s plus-size consumer
  • Collaborate with other designers on moodboards and conceptual sketches for upcoming products and collections; provide feedback on styles that will or will not translate to plus size effectively
  • Develop and maintain plus size garment blocks that ensure consistency of fit for the product for each brand/category
  • Simplify new development aligning styles to standard plus size blocks
  • Collaborate with fashion designer and technical intimates designer to develop and innovate new concepts for shape and fit, including alterations to better support larger bust
  • Conduct scrappy early prototyping to test functionality, with a focus on internal support structure
  • Create thorough tech packs with sketches, complete construction details, and key measurements
  • Work closely with design and product development to ensure that designs are translated correctly, including fabric and trim selections
  • Manage team in fit sessions by fitting samples on live models, recording comments and communicating with team and partners, including for graded samples
  • Take and track notes to ensure final fit, quality and construction meets standards; provide clear fit appraisal for all new shape developments including grading & wear trials and assist in communication with vendors on standards
  • Follow grade rules, cross-check pattern, production specs, and BOM before release to marking/grading
  • Evaluate customer feedback and partner with factories to continue innovating on our products
  • Offer input to Executive Team on merchandising decisions including colorway selection, print selection, photo shoot planning, and beyond
  • Provide analysis for failed styles, where applicable

What We’re Looking For:

  • Bachelor's degree in fashion based course/pattern making
  • 5+ years experience in a technical design and/or pattern making capacity within the apparel industry, with a focus on full-figured, busty, and/or plus size fashion
  • Experience working with functional fashion or athleisure a plus
  • Bra and Underwear experience, including understanding of bra construction, a plus
  • Knowledge of garment construction, pattern making, silhouettes, colorways, sewing techniques, fabrication and trim; knits and stretch wovens experience a plus
  • A passion for Frankly and its mission
  • Creative problem solving with a willingness to think outside the box; balance creativity with technical capability
  • Meticulous about product quality; unafraid to professionally voice your opinion to make our products the absolute best they can be
  • Extreme attention to detail and accuracy, as well as ability to prioritize and make quick decisions
  • Good communicator with excellent project management and organization skills
  • Experience working with overseas factories
  • Computer grading experience a plus
  • Photoshoot planning and basic merchandising skills a plus

The Nitty Gritty:

  • Project Duration: 6 months (estimated 100 hours), with potential to renew for future project(s)
  • Pay: $50/hr
  • Location: Chicago, IL (Virtual)
  • Benefits: We do not offer health or retirement benefits for freelance positions. However, we do offer: 100% virtual work environment; flexible work hours; generous discount on all Frankly products

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