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Product Design Assistant



ABLE is seeking a Design Assistant to join our in-house product team. The ideal candidate will have specific experience in Apparel or Accessories and the desire to work in a mission-forward, fast paced, retail environment. They will facilitate the design & development of all product categories, communicating with factories daily, measuring samples, attending all fittings, and managing tech packs. A person with strong communication skills, attention to detail, and organization will thrive in this position. This is a permanent full time role for a candidate who truly understands the industry standard product development lifecycle as well as being a highly organized candidate who can thrive in a fast-paced work environment.

Major Responsibilities

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Product Execution:

Apparel and Denim 

  • Photographs on model and dress form for tech packs and weekly fittings
  • Measures all proto + production samples 
  • Assist with development of  initial tech packs

Leather and Footwear 

  • Attend footwear fittings with designer, taking notes and assisting with sending comments
  • Photographs leather & footwear protos for tech pack updates and feedback
  • Measure and confirm specs on all leather protos and production samples
  • Field customer service questions

All Categories

  • Assist with Illustrator CADS + renderings including updates to colorways throughout the season
  • Maintains Visual Line Sheet in tandem with sourcing
  • Assist in tech pack creation in PLM
  • Day to day vendor communication with department leads
  • Assist with meeting preparation alongside design team

Design Administration:

All Categories

  • Tracks and organizes packages from factories
  • Maintains material library, proto library and reference samples 
  • Create and update meeting docs as throughout the season for line reviews, wholesale and marketing milestones
  • Input new data and maintain information into PLM ensuring all styles and materials are up to date
  • PLM data entry, reports & BOMs
  • Liaise with Warehouse QC team
  • Hindsight doc execution
  • Manage expired development samples and prep items for warehouse sale

Key Partnerships:

  • Assist and partner with the design category leads on overall execution of seasonal collections.
  • Work with design and marketing to build out product descriptions for website 
  • Provide support to customer service for product specific questions.
  • Supports PD & Wholesale in special make sample process

Required Skills:

  • Knowledge of apparel construction/fabric and technical design skills.
  • Excellent communication and project management skills
  • High level of organizational skills, including detail orientation and follow up
  • Proven ability to bring product to market in a timely cost effective manner
  • Creative, innovative problem solver with the ability to anticipate potential issues 

 Competencies: Collaborative, Self-motivated, Organized, Time Management.


To apply, email with your resume & cover letter