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For over 28 years, Todd Wayne, president and owner of Jessilyn Personnel, has been the driving force behind our firm. Prior to founding Jessilyn, Todd spent 15 years running a family apparel business affording him a unique perspective into the intricacies of the fashion industry.
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1ST-PRODUCTION PATTERNMAKER | LARGE SIZE | GERBER | LOS ANGELES
Location: Los Angeles
Recruiter: Todd Wayne
Young contemporary design studio is looking to launch a special large size capsule collection. We are looking for an expert patternmaker with extensive experience with 1st through production patterns for large sizes. Will train in-house patternmakers.
Develop 1st through production patterns for large / extended sizes
Categories include day to evening dresses and RTW
Train in-house patternmakers
Work on a special large size capsule collection
Must have a working knowledge of Gerber
Must have experience working for a better contemporary designer market.
The company offers paid relocation to Los Angeles.
Growing apparel company seeks detail-oriented individual for Allocation Support position. Must have experience with Simparel/Exenta. Responsibilities include interfacing with EDI, Warehouse, Sales, and A/R teams. Must understand logistics and has experience with trouble-shooting orders. Excellent communication skills necessary. Competitive salary and benefits.
High end luxury contemporary Womens'wear in NYC is searching for a Director of Technical Design.
Senior Director of Woven Technical Design
Oversee, lead, develop and manage a team of 19; inclusive of technical designers both woven and sweaters as well as patternmakers and the department administrator
Determine process and protocols for the department to ensure the most efficient work-flow process for all team members
Ongoing assessment of current tech packs as it relates to technical design as well as cross functions to determine what enhancements or changes need to be made to accelerate the development, fit comments and production approval process
Ensure that the department is meeting its goals regarding calendar deadlines
Manage the fit model budget for quarterly and ultimately annual plan
Oversee the team and ensure brand and product consistency is present throughout the current collection and following collections
Partner with Cross functional peers from PD, Design and Production to ensure alignment to product consistency and calendar goals are achieved
Expert knowledge of fit, construction, patternmaking and wash exposure, both fabric and garment
Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills
Exposure and working knowledge of sewing and factory processes
Ability to work and multi task in a fast-paced environment
Able to adjust rapidly to changing business needs and demands
Ability to travel domestically and overseas
Manage individual and team development and training, succession planning and career pathing for the department
10+ years experience in Technical Design and Patternmaking – Exposure to both Import and Domestic production
7+ years of leadership experience of a professional technical design and patternmaking team
Bachelor degree or equivalent experience is required
Experience in company(s) with significant manufacturing operations and contemporary brand market experience preferred
Strong technical design development and apparel industry background; the successful candidate will be a leader in technical design and development with a focus on fit and quality
Advanced Proficiency in MS office (Excel/Word/Outlook), Adobe Design Suite (Illustrator and Photoshop) and working knowledge of Gerber
Our client is a contemporary better Womenswear Cashmere and Knits house. Their product ranges from cashmere and knit tops and knit dresses. The company was founded in 2001 with a gross revenue of over $100 million. Their corporate office is located in Midtown Manhattan with over 50 employees.Their product are produced internationally and a privately held corporation. Their sales are being distributed in better department store across the country.
We are searching for a DATA ENTRY/ EDI ASSISTANT to assist the Logistic department.
A fast growing online brand is searching for a Fit Specialist/ Technical Designer. Be responsible for establishing all technical specs for current and upcoming products. Must have comprehensive experience in all aspects of technical design and garment construction. This role is responsible for product uniformity and consistency on the fit, quality and construction of all products including high and medium impact leggings and sports bras.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Support technical aspects of new concepts, providing advice and guidance to CAD designer while creating new tech-packs.
Lead the proto development either through domestic sample room or overseas vendors to ensure we communicate clearly, identify challenges we might face in the development, and support and solve all aspects of tech design.
Schedule models and book fitting room. Maintain model measurements and correlate to company’s size guidelines.
Own the fit process from prototype to TOP: Communicate fit and construction guidance clearly and precisely throughout the development cycle.
Conduct fittings; suggest solutions reassuring we achieve the best fitted garments for customers.
Manage workflow to meet deadlines: follow up the day to day communication with the factories related to fit, along with due date to next fit.
Ability to think outside of the box, open to new way of identifying size range and sizing methods.
Product Lifecycle management system- preferred.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Meticulous attention to detail.
Open minded, enthusiastic, positive, friendly and a great sense of humor!
Hardworking team player, dependable.
Takes positive action to objectively resolve conflict by listening, staying focused on issue to suggest ways how to find solutions, and monitoring progress.
Works with sense of thoroughness and urgency to meet needs the development team and the company: We try to fit any garment received, within 3-5 days.
Has ability to adopt to change of the idea or the process.
This job may include up to 20% Travel.
5-7 years in the fashion industry, bras preferably, as patternmaker, Q.C. or Technical Designer
Men's apparel manufacturer based in Midtown, New York is searching for a Merchandiser to set strategic merchandise direction for implementing the company vision across their product lines and business partners.
ONLY APPLY IF YOU HAVE APPAREL MERCHANDISING EXPERIENCE
Identify white space opportunities for existing and desired account base
Develop and execute a category strategy that will drive profitable growth
Create plans for the introduction and promotion of new products and categories
Collaborate with cross-functional teams in marketing, analytics and design to drive category strategy implementation
Leverage sales data to inform merchandise assortment decisions
Understand market trends and consumer behavior
Analyze competitors marketing, selection and pricing
Set deadlines and manage timelines pertaining to development thru go to market
Lead sales meetings ensuring line is reviewed, prices set and assortment focused
Ensure sales tools necessary for sell in are available
Assist in product presentations and showroom setup as needed
Report to the CFO
Manage 1 Merchandise assistant
Manage in season injection process to ensure viable requests are executed
7-10 Years of related industry experience preferred
Strong knowledge of MS Office
Demonstrated account leadership
Excellent communication, ability to present effectively and sell in ideas
Strong understanding of retail math and sales planning
Self motivated and able to manage projects independently
Ability to excel in a fast paced and dynamic environment
Strong attention to detail and process
Travel required (approx 20%)
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Our client is a privately held moderate to better dress manufacturer with a corporate office located in Midtown Manhattan. Their 4 divisions range from traditional, special occasion, fun contemporary and trendy dresses. They have been established since 1985 with an annual revenue of 50 million dollars and approximately 50 employees. Their price points range from $50 to $100. Their product is manufactured internationally and distribute to major department stores, specialty chains and boutiques. They have also expanded internationally to Canada, South America and Europe.
Our client is looking for a Sales Assistant.
Duties will include:
Assisting sales team for a dress company in all aspects of sales.
Work on Lot sheets, RMS FORMS, and collecting, monitoring and sending out heavy volume of samples weekly.
Upkeep of the showroom
Updating available to sell/inventory weekly.
Must be familiar with selling, purchase order/EDI confirmations, picture packets, showroom duties etc
Our client is a privately held moderate to better dress manufacturer searching for Sales Executive. The corporate office located in Midtown Manhattan. Their 4 divisions range from traditional, special occasion, fun contemporary and trendy dresses. They have been established since 1985 with an annual revenue of 50 million dollars and approximately 50 employees. Their price points range from $50 to $100. Their product is manufactured internationally and distribute to major department stores, specialty chains and boutiques. They have also expanded internationally to Canada, South America and Europe.
Our client is looking for a Salesperson.
Must have a strong background in moderate to better dress market
Must have strong relationships with these department stores, Macy's, Lord & Taylor, Nordstrom’s, Dillard’s, Marmax, Burlington & Ross stores.
Must be seasoned in Showroom Sales, Detailed & Organized.
Computer proficient on Excel & Word.
Apply only if you have experience in Ladies Dresses experience.
Our client is a High Quality Women’s wear Designer, Searching for a talented women’s RTW Senior Tech designer. The line is primarily produceddomestically in New York and LA. They also manufacture occasionally overseas.
The candidate will play an integral role in all day-to-day technical design in the production of the ready-to wear collection. Reporting directly to the Senior Director of Technical design. S/he will have a strong work ethic and business acumen, commingled with an understanding of our client’s aesthetic and quality level. S/he will work cross functionally with production, pattern making, and fabric teams. It is imperative that this candidate has a great, loyal and positive attitude and has the ability to integrate smoothly into the existing Technical Design Team.
Responsible for the fit of the production fit for woven, PFD, leather and cut/sew categories.
Communicate with cross functional teams through all phases of production and manage their expectations with detail, follow up and professionalism.
Build open communication paths between Technical Design and the Production Team.
Monitor and coach factories for the highest level of quality. • Partners with Production counterparts on tracking and arrival of all fit samples and PP samples.
Maintain technical packages with all updates, graded specs, fit photos.
Conduct shrink tests when needed to assure production fabric is reacting similarly to sample fabric.
Assure fit consistency in repeat and core styles.
Prepare for fittings by meticulously specing and comparing the PP/TOP to the SMS/standard.
Record fit notes and notify departments such as Production regarding changes to the styles made during fittings.
Partner with Raw materials team and Production Managers to assemble full packages of all components needed for PP's.
JOB QUALIFICATIONS: • 4+ years experience in Technical Design/Pattern making.
Understanding of domestic manufacturing, with a strong eye for proportion and design aesthetic.
Highly organized and very detail oriented.
Highly proficient in Excel, PDM, PLM, ERP or RLM with the ability to perform analytical tasks.
Quick-moving and quick-thinking, able to work in a fast-paced environment.
Excellent people skills, and able to work in familial environment and integrate well with existing office employees.
Must be a team player, willing to share ideas and take over or delegate responsibilities to other team members as the situation requires
Large Luxury brand manufacturer is searching a Senior Technical Designer / Knits to join their team.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Create tech packs in PLM for suppliers to properly execute sampling/production to Design intent - This includes specs, draping, and construction sketches for the more complex fashion categories in the brand.
Experience in engineering prints, embroidery, beading and novelty fabrics.
Develop PLM block templates for Tech Pack Creation and confirm final grade rules
Ensure a robust design development handoff takes place with all the appropriate components to build a complete tech pack.
Expertise in fitting with live models, advise risks with construction, fit and execution within specific categories.
Responsible for physical garment measuring and full external and internal garment evaluations.
Execute options, mockups and revisions after Design review (i.e.: embossing, scales, artwork placement, engineered embellishment placement, patchwork, details, etc.)
Provide technical insight into new silhouette development & manage brand block creation.
Partners with Design and PD to offer options to meet design intent and margin targets for new silhouettes
Ensure consistent style aesthetic intent and construction from vendor to vendor on like styles.
Partner with QA to develop best practices (protocols) on product quality execution and style risk mitigation.
Own & conduct prototype and stock fittings according to company standards
Partner supplier tech members to ensure execution of complex construction, finishing and fit on specific seasonal styles or programs.
Effectively communicate with cross functional teams to ensure seasonal calendar milestone deliverables are met.
Owns escalating issues when and where appropriate with supporting facts, root cause and possible solutions.
Track workload efficiently to meet individual deadlines while pulling seasonal reporting from PLM when needed.
Own product Risk Assessment in partnership with QA partners prior to bulk production and ensure correct action plans are taken where necessary.
Travel to regional sourcing offices/factories and work with technical teams to calibrate, train, educate, and understand factory capabilities.
Coach and help train team members for continuous professional development.
E- mail, phone and video conference communication with sourcing offices and suppliers.
Attend WIP meetings & seasonal line reviews
Attend handoffs for Bulk after open to buy meetings.
Experience, Skills & Knowledge
Degree or Certification in Apparel Manufacturing, Design, Patternmaking or equivalent work experience
10+ years in Technical Design
Expertise in patternmaking including draping, grading, sewing, construction and fit for multiple or complex product categories.
Proven ability to successfully oversee a complex category while making product quality and seasonal deliverables a priority.
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Proven organizational skills and ability manage competing priorities.
Strong sense of urgency, attention to detail & resourcefulness
Our client is an established, growing womenswear apparel company looking for a Shipping Coordinator. This opportunity is based in Secaucus, NJ. The Candidate will be responsible to ship the completed goods on a daily basis. Own responsibility for the timely routing & shipping out of all goods. Must have Big Box, JC penny, Walmart experience
Prepare Shipping manifest and all documents including export document
Receives finished product from packing area and ensures that product, packaging label, and quantities match shipping documents
Generates shipping labels based on retailer’s requirement
Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results and goals as needed.
Perform other duties as allotted by a manager or supervisor.
3 to 5 years of shipping experience
Proficient in all shipping operations.
Able to read instructions and comprehend specifications and the format in English.
Must be familiar with the routing process of all major garment retailer such as (Nordstrom, Walmart, TJ-Maxx, JC Penney)
Must be detail-oriented and accurate in writing and numbers.
Works well with others and can follow instructions & be a team player
One of the leading brands of couture RTW designers is looking for a tailor. The Tailor is responsible for ensuring the proper fit, marking, altering, repair, and pressing of garments for the business.
TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Provide high-quality workmanship to ensure the proper fit for both men’s and women’s garments.
Respond to client questions regarding alterations, fit, repair, cleaning, or care of both men’s and women’s garments; make appropriate recommendations regarding fit and alteration of men’s and women’s garments.
Accurately mark and pin garments for alteration; complete alterations with adherence to the alteration schedule provided to client.
Pressing and repair of garments when appropriate.
Maintain orderly appearance of tailor shop and keep supplies stocked.
Maintain clients' altered and unaltered merchandise in a neat and organized manner.
Ensure that all equipment such as sewing machines, pressers, and steamers are well-maintained and kept in working order.
Demonstrate elevated client service when interacting with clients during the selling ceremony.
Comply with all company policies and procedures.
Participate in store meetings and training seminars as necessary.
Any other tasks as assigned from time to time by any manager.
Previous experience as a tailor with extensive experience in both men’s and women’s luxury products.
Ability to read, count, and write to accurately complete all documentation.
Ability to adjust priorities and manage time wisely in a fast-paced environment.
Ability to work a retail schedule as needed.
Ability to operate all equipment necessary to perform the job, including, but not limited to, sewing machines, pressing and ironing equipment, etc.
Strong interpersonal, communication, organization and follow-through skills.
Ability to work varied hours/days, including nights, weekends, and holidays, as needed.
Physical ability to stand for extended periods and to move and handle heavy garments and garment bags throughout the store, which entails lifting, and perform all functions as set forth above
Men’s active/ sportswear manufacturer is looking for a technical designer.
Collaborates closely with designers to understand the design concept/vision and develops specs and/or patterns as well as influences changes to ensure the product fit and function
Establishes and records all tech owned garment specifications within production tech packs maintaining spec history keeping track of fit updates and developing block library and competitor comparisons for reference
Demonstrate clear understanding of design, product development and production priorities to ensure timely delivery of all reviews and approvals
Review and understand planned buy levels against styles to determine how much time should be devoted to the fitting of each style
Ensure content of all final tech packs including all requirements are compliant with category standards within PLM
Utilizes browzwear virtual capabilities as needed to expedite and clearly communicate garment specifications and changes
Effectively communicate fit comments to overseas vendors and calibrate new factory partners as needed providing detailed written instructions, photos and other relevant updated documents
Ensures overall customer fit consistency and provides fit approvals on initial samples, salesman samples, pre-production samples and bulk shipment samples
Schedule models and lead fit sessions to evaluate for fit, construction and workmanship recording all comments ensuring plan of action
Lead and/or support product’s wear testing throughout development and production stages
Set up and manage tracking of all fit samples and packages monitoring which samples are approved and date of approval
Maintain all seasonal samples in organized format appropriately cleaning out archives as needed
Be flexible to perform other duties as needed to help support the overall business.
The Category Manager has dual responsibilities of managing people over areas of the brand. The role requires both managerial duties as well as ownership of a product category. They will track and manage workload across a portion of the team as well as own product as an individual contributor from the development stage through to final production approval stage. The Product Area Manager also leads fit sessions, sample fit approvals, influences calendar & workflow for their specified garment category or categories. This role requires a strong level of managing, communication, technical and problem-solving skills.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Track and manage workflow, ensuring deadlines are met and prioritizes workload for self and team
Evaluates workload vs staffing across categories and allocates product in accordance to seasonal shifts
Conducts seasonal hind sights and communicates findings, learnings and next steps up and out to the different cross functional groups
Owns product workload as individual contributor as well as managerial duties
Partners with Director on special projects for every product area in the category
Owns oversight and governance of tech pack tools (Templates) are being utilized properly on a seasonal basis across specific product areas
Ensure that budget for fit models is met
Effectively communicate with cross functional teams to ensure seasonal calendar milestone deliverables are met
Attend WIP meetings& handoffs for bulk
Owns follow up and solving Escalation issues that passed down from Director
Mentor, coach and help train team members
Create tech packs in PLM for suppliers to properly execute sampling/production to Design intent - This includes specs, patterns, construction sketches and any other necessary tools
Experience in engineering prints, plaids, stripes, embroidery, beading and novelty fabrics
Develop PLM block templates for Tech Pack Creation
Ensure a robust design development handoff takes place with all the appropriate components to build a complete tech pack
Experience in fitting with live models, sewing, and garment construction within specific categories
Execute options, mockups and revisions after Design review (i.e. artwork placement, engineered embellishment placement, patchwork, details, etc.)
Partners with Design and Product Development to offer options to meet design intent and margin targets for new silhouettes
Partner with QA to develop best practices (protocols) on product quality execution and style risk mitigation
Own & conduct line reviews, proto and stock fittings according to RL standards
Partner with global and supplier tech members to ensure execution of complex construction, finishing and fit on specific seasonal styles or programs
Travel to regional sourcing offices/factories and work with technical teams to calibrate, train, educate, and understand factory capabilities
Track workload efficiently to meet individual deadlines and pull reporting from PLM when needed
Partner with QA to conduct risk assessments prior to the bulk production to ensure correct action plans by cross functional partners are taken
E-mail, phone and video conference communication with sourcing offices and suppliers
Experience, Skills & Knowledge
7 + years in Technical Design
Expertise in patternmaking including draping, grading, sewing, construction and fit for multiple or complex product categories
Proven ability to successfully oversee a complex category while making product quality and seasonal deliverables a priority
Knowledge of 3D programs a plus
Proficiency in computer pattern programs, computer spec writing programs such as Gerber, PLM, Adobe, Illustrator, MS Office