Outerwear Performance Designer

Los Angeles California
Required Experience: 5 year(s)
Employment Type: Full-Time
Salary Range: Not available
Posted an hour ago

Aether launched in 2009 and has built its reputation on beautifully executed outdoor apparel. Aether offers both men’s and women’s collections, which include outerwear, lifestyle basics, and accessories; all of which are created with innovative engineering in mind. In addition to technical product, Aether has carefully carved out a special niche in the high-end market with an editorial website, unique retail presentations, high quality construction and a hands-on approach to customer service. In short, we strive to be special in everything we do.

We are looking for a designer who will facilitate, deepen and exalt the performance properties of Aether’s product. This person will need to have meticulous attention to detail as well as a professional attitude and entrepreneurial spirit. This position reports to the Senior Design Director.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include:
⏵ Work with the Senior Design Director to bring seasonal creative vision to life.
⏵ Create presentations and visual tools for seasonal meetings and presentations.
⏵ Research seasonal trends and innovations including silhouette, fabric, color, and trim.
⏵ Collaborate with product development team members to identify and select fabrics and trims for development.
⏵ Create and maintain highly detailed sketches for tech packs and presentations, illustrating the desired design and construction detail intent for each garment.
⏵ Attend regular fit sessions and work with the technical design team to ensure fit intent meets customer expectations
⏵ Meet all design and product development calendar deadlines.
⏵ Mentor and guide the design team regarding technical outdoor apparel
⏵ Partner with technical design and product development teams to execute design updates and revisions throughout development process.
Required skills:
⏵ Extensive knowledge of technical apparel construction, product end-use, fit and garment costing.
⏵ Familiarity with technical materials and construction, based on specific garment end-use & intent.
⏵ Exceptional organizational skills
⏵ Ability to self-prioritize workflow based on calendar timelines and guide other team members
⏵ Ability to problem solve and communicate effectively with teammates in a fast-paced office environment.
⏵ Knowledge of manufacturing methods, textiles, and interlinings, and how they impact the finished garment.
⏵ Demonstrates willingness to go above and beyond and enthusiastic to be a part of a small team.
⏵ Drive to continually develop technical knowledge; Open to feedback to identify potential learning opportunities.
⏵ Passionate about performance and technical product.
⏵ Ability to work on multiple projects / seasons simultaneously.

Language Skills:
⏵ Exceptional written and verbal English communication skills are required
⏵ Effective communication with offshore vendors

Computer / Software Skills:
⏵ Proficient with Mac hardware / operating system
⏵ Strong skill level in Adobe Illustrator / Photoshop, Microsoft Office Suite
⏵ Experience using PLM software

Education and Experience:
⏵ 5+ years design experience in Men’s and Women’s Outerwear or Outdoor Technical Apparel
⏵ Bachelor’s/ Associate's degree in Design or equivalent apparel industry-specific work experience required