Textile Designer

JOB TITLE: TEXTILE DESIGNER

JOB TYPE: FULL TIME

LOCATION: BAYSWATER, VIC 3153

REPORTS TO: DESIGN & PRODUCTION MANAGER

 

JOB SUMMARY

The role of the Textile Designer is to create new and original designs, predominantly for knitted, printed and woven textiles and apparel for Sage x Clare. The role includes researching trends, materials, colours, techniques, safety standards to create digital design specifications and technical packs for production, in line with the Sage x Clare aesthetic and creative direction. The product designer is responsible for product design and development, with technical skills and industry knowledge being necessary. 

KEY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Discuss, understand and interpret the design brief, ideas and requirements of the Creative Director for allocated categories
  • Work with Creative Director and Design & Production Manager to develop textile and apparel prints
  • Present design ideas to Creative Director and Design & Production Manager for approval, feedback and workshopping
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the market by undertaking research for ideas and inspiration and be able to predict new trends
  • Manage research tasks related to materials & techniques, understand the properties of different materials and dyes and how these will be used in the production of textiles and apparel
  • Produce original design ideas & sketches using computer aided design software & hand sketch
  • Working to deadlines on multiple projects and within a budget for the Sage x Clare and PLAY by Sage x Clare ranges
  • Keeping up to date with fashions and trends and design and production techniques
  • Create repeats and finished artwork for textile & apparel prints
  • Ensure all artwork is to scale and yardage artwork is correctly put into repeats
  • Produce clear technical drawings
  • Prepare new product spec sheets for new collections to include technical drawings, trim details and construction specifications within agreed timeframes.
  • Select suitable fabrications to ensure quality and cost is in line with the brief.
  • Research safety standards on all products and implement required tagging, labels, notices, etc. for new products as needed and update products where required during production as regulations change
  • Work with Creative Director on collaborations, including, but not limited to, concepting, design and specifications on a case by case basis 
  • Review product samples with Production Specialist and the Design & Production Manager to confirm acceptance or provide feedback for adjustments, where needed
  • Liaise with India-based production team, giving guidance on the intended design aesthetics and specs, workshopping sampling and production amendments when requested by Production Specialist
  • Research and develop sustainability measures, including environmental textile production and use of offcuts/waste

KEY ATTRIBUTES NEEDED:

  • Creatively Driven
    • Demonstrated eye for colour, texture and pattern and be confident to experiment
    • Be artistic, original and creative and have the ability to draw
    • Outside of the box thinker with new ideas
    • Ability to translate design ideas into commercially-driven design solution
  • Demonstrated Initiative & Flexibility
    • Ability to work autonomously with full ownership and under pressure to meet deadlines 
    • Must be well organised, resourceful and proactive with a strong work ethic
    • Positive, can-do & highly motivated attitude with a relentless drive towards quality and consistency
    • Requires a self-starter mindset with a hands-on, creative and highly credible approach
    • Meet tight deadlines, understanding and respecting the workflow and time of the entire marketing and creative team with ability to be flexible if project calendar changes
  • Proactive Planning & Organisation
    • Demonstrated ability to independently organise personal workflow, prioritise, and manage time efficiently to timelines while working in a fast-paced environment
    • Meticulous attention to detail at all times to deliver a high standard & quality of work
    • Must be well organised, resourceful and proactive with a strong work ethic
  • Dealing with Ambiguity
    • Capable of managing workflow with the changing & competing priorities of a small & growing business, you understand that your flexibility will help you develop and grow along with the business
    • Problem-solver, clear vision 
    • Accuracy and time management are critical to success - managing and keeping up with changing collection details whilst delivering the result required both accurately and on time.
    • Proactive approach to deliver a high standard quality of work
    • Keen ability & initiative to utilise systems and professional experience to solve problems, find solutions & overcome obstacles
  • Customer & Team Relationship Focused
    • Excellent communication skills, self-motivated and personable with strong values and integrity a must 
    • Build sustainable relationships of trust with colleagues & customers through open and interactive communication, ability to respectfully work with diverse teams and personality types
    • Team player that understands how to work within the business framework, considering the entire team in decisions and requests 
  • Strong Business Acumen
    • Maintain a thorough understanding of our products, offerings & business processes 
    • Commercially focused with sound business acumen 
    • Demonstrated planning experience
  • Excellent Communication Skills
    • Strong and clear verbal, written communication & interpersonal skills that drive positive relationships and partnerships
    • Keen ability to solve problems and overcome obstacles
    • Ability to clearly & effectively present to internal stakeholders and customers
    • Top notch active listening skills, ensuring full understanding of message before making a decision or reacting
    • Communicate and coordinate with team members as necessary, being mindful of others schedules & workloads

EXPERIENCE & SKILLS REQUIRED:

  • Demonstrated experience in a similar textile design role, preferably within Apparel, with a strong knowledge of design principles
  • Relevant degree / qualification in Textile Design
  • Strong knowledge and experience in working with Mac + Adobe Creative Suite including Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign
  • Experience with Shopify strongly preferred 
  • Demonstrated understanding of the elements of fashion and textile design
  • Innovative and highly talented: your portfolio is full of inventive designs, and you enjoy developing initial ideas to sketches
  • An expert eye for detail, design, and accuracy
  • Technical garment skills preferred - including experience in pattern making, size grading and technical drawings
  • Understanding of end-to-end design process from design concept through to production

GENERAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES FOR ALL SAGE X CLARE TEAM MEMBERS: 

  • Engage and participate fully in training initiatives, including but not limited to inclusion + diversity workshops and personal + professional development 
  • Participate in bi-annual stock takes on all products in the warehouse
  • Assist with warehouse sales, including working weekends where required, bump in and bump out 
  • Assist team with maintaining general tidiness of warehouse and office areas 
  • Assist with unloading, counting and stocking items in warehouse
  • During high volume times, as directed by management (online sales, collection release, pre-order arrivals, etc), assist with packing orders in the warehouse.
    • Pick items according to the Order form
    • Inspect items to ensure they’re not damaged or faulty and adjust inventory accordingly
    • Pack item according to specified packing guidelines
    • Ship and fulfil customer orders in Inventory system, inputting appropriate tracking numbers and links 
  • Assist with seasonal events including trade show bump in and bump out, as needed
  • Work trade shows where required including weekends and interstate, as needed`
  • Engage on Sage x Clare social media posts with comments and likes 
  • Assist with photoshoot production, coordination and style assist duties where required