Founded in 1984, Free People (www.FreePeople.com) is a boutique women's fashion label that operates ecommerce, retail, and wholesale businesses. Free People is the fastest growing URBN brand and has a vibrant ecommerce platform including web, mobile and a newly released iPhone app. Free People is frequently recognized as an industry leader from a technical, creative and innovative perspective. Free People's retail business includes over 100 boutique stores and its Wholesale business includes over 1,400 specialty boutiques and department stores across the globe. Free People is an inspiring shopping experience for the stylish, confident, and curious young woman who appreciates our distinctive assortment of apparel and accessories.
Pattern Maker / Technical Designer for Apparel - Dress Category
Technical Design Manager/ Director
Brand or category specific specialist that facilitates and executes Design's vision by providing the appropriate fit, quality, and construction that are targeted to the consumer and end use while supporting the business requirements. Responsible to trouble shoot any issues such as fit, construction, and quality control. Takes full ownership of styles and sets a positive example for their team. Position requires creating and maintaining accurate files and reports.
TECHNICAL DESIGN MANAGEMENT
Build relationships/partnerships with cross functional team members, such as Design, Merchants and Tech
Builds a great understanding of the brand aesthetic and customer
Partner with design to create their desired vision by developing drapes, mocks and sewn samples, mocks and styles that contribute to Design teams concepts and vision.
Utilize Technical, Costing and Production knowledge for appropriate construction and fit information to ensure successful manufacturing while adhering to Design's concepts.
Assist with seasonal trend block and construction development.
Manage work load to department initiatives.
Conducts live fittings with/without designers to determine what fit and construction changes are necessary to achieve Design's requirements.
Evaluate best/worst sellers and competitors to make improvements in technical methods and fit for upcoming seasons.
Other duties as specified by management.
Attends the following meetings;
Fit and Quality
Other meetings as necessary
Qualifications / Job Skills
Knowledgeable in pattern making, draping, garment construction, and manufacturing including factory machinery, procedures and methods within their category.
Expert knowledge in assembling a detailed technical package to communicate proper instruction to agents/factories for initial or in process style development.
Solid experience of a minimum of 3 years conducting live fittings and determining the necessary pattern changes to create the desired look and fit.
Highly organized and experienced in all phases of garment development/ technical design.
Work in/with cross-functional teams.
Communicate effectively with internal and external parties.
Pro-actively approach problem solving.
Adapt quickly to changes.
Proficient in a PLM system.
Driven by deadlines with a high sense of urgency.
Ability to understand and fully incorporate the brand's aesthetic.
Minimum of 6 years experience in Pattern making, Draping, Sewing. Minimum of 4 years in Technical Design
Bachelors or Associate degree in an apparel related field a plus.