Technical Designer - Women's Apparel

Irvine, CA, USA
Posted 4 hours ago
$70,000 — $80,000 / year
Full time


We are a leading specialty retailer of casual apparel, footwear and accessories for young men, young women, boys and girls with an extensive assortment of iconic global, emerging, and proprietary brands rooted in an active and social lifestyle. We are based out of sunny Southern California at the Tilly’s RSC. You’ll hear the term RSC a lot, it stands for Retail Support Center since our corporate offices are here to support our retail and online stores.

Working at Tillys allows you to experience a new style of work life. Our work culture is fun and relaxed. We encourage you to be you and that means you should be comfortable. Our employees enjoy a casual dress code and a fun, fast paced work environment where creative minds work together to achieve common goals. As a part of the team you’ll contribute towards and share in our success. A career at Tillys is all about working together to make things happen… so what are you waiting for?


The following is a brief description of responsibilities to be performed by the Technical Designer. Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:


  • Work with the buying team to gain clear direction of design and fit intent while maintaining fitconsistency
  • Work closely with manager and buyers on deadlines of delivery for each style.
  • Create tech packs with detail sketches and specific construction details to ensure that first proto sample meet intended style, fit and construction.
  • Maintain all technical aspects of the tech pack sent to the vendor. This includes detailed construction, sewing instructions, measurement verification, tolerances, graded specs and fit comments.
  • Develops block fit for each category; includes developing technical specs and construction details. Create and maintain block library and construction standards.
  • Approve all graded specs once we have fit approval and maintain graded spec library.
  • Oversee the final technical specs for each sample.
  • Communicate fit comments and corrections to vendors, and factories using detailed sketches, and photos in order to develop a good fitting sample
  • Be able to identify potential production and quality problems at the development stage and make necessary recommended changes
  • Manage and facilitate fit sessions independently with fit models and buying team and ensure that fit and quality standards are met.
  • Schedule and maintain fit calendar
  • Support and contribute to visual construction of each style and make recommended style changes.
  • Research and resolve fit and construction issues using appropriate resources
  • Able to measure samples point by point when submitted by vendors.
  • Review construction of garments and communicate to buyers and vendors of any sewing problems.
  • Maintain and enter specs in Excel document.
  • Knowledge of garment construction for fashion knit tops, bottoms, and outer wear.
  • Work with PD Manager on any fit issues that develops during the pre-production/production process.
  • Write fit comments and corrections and work with manager on correcting patterns/samples when needed.


  • Proficient in the use of Excel and MS Word.
  • Proficient in the use of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Strong merchandising, product, and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership and decision making skills.
  • Must be familiar with using fractions as a source of measuring and be able to convert them into decimal system.
  • Ability to perform all essential duties and responsibilities listed above.
  • Detail oriented and organized.
  • Must be able to communicate in a professional manner and respond with timeliness.
  • Able to effectively use common office equipment.
  • Resourceful and able to research problems and recommend solutions.
  • Numerical and analytical ability required.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Trend and fashion awareness with ability to understand current trends, competition and market.
  • Ability to reprioritize projects frequently.
  • Must have ability to multitask.
  • Independent, self-motivated, team player.
  • Able to effectively communicate with all levels of staff and management.


  • 4 years minimum of technical design experience required.
  • High School Diploma required.
  • Minimum 2 year AA degree required (preferably in Fashion Design).
  • Bachelors Degree preferred.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

  • Typical office environment with low level noise exposure.


  • Bonus eligible
  • 401k
  • Comprehensive medical and dental benefits … vision is fully paid by us!
  • Employee Discount online and in-store
  • Discount on numerous attractions, travel and events
  • Employee Sample Sale
  • Relaxed work environment … wear what we sell in our stores
  • 40 hours paid sick time granted on day 1!
  • Fitness and wellness events virtually or at the office

Annual Salary Range: $70,000-$80,000: Offer placement within this range is dependent on a variety of factors, including prior relevant experience, qualifications, and skill set.

“Tillys will consider applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Municipal Code, Chapter XVIII, Article 9 (Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (Ban the Box).”

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