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Manager, Technical Design

TravelSmith Outfitters, located in Novato, just 30 minutes north of San Francisco, is the premier catalog and e-commerce retailer of travel apparel and accessories. TravelSmith offers a comprehensive benefits package including 401k with company match, excellent work environment, and fantastic product discounts. We are currently searching for a Manager, Technical Design.

General Summary:

Provide technical recommendations to ensure consistency of fit and quality of construction. Collaborate with Merchants/PD/Sourcing and Vendors to create samples that reflect designer's vision while meeting defined cost and timeline limits. Develop accurate graded specifications and construction requirements for production. Understand and adhere to development process and meet calendar deadlines.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Supervision of 2 Technical Designers
  • Initiate development specification packets by interpreting product design concepts that reflect Merchants/PD's vision and fit expectations
  • Create and update specification packets, including detailed technical sketches, graded measurement specifications and construction details
  • Evaluate samples for vendor's execution of fit and construction
  • Communicate with overseas vendors and agents regarding construction and fit issues
  • Maintain TravelSmith's fit standards
  • Manage execution of fit from style creation to production approval
  • Lead fit sessions, communicate fit corrections and updated specifications to vendors
  • Review vendor's samples and patterns to suggest corrections as needed
  • Responsible for tracking all fit samples and providing product manager and production with fit status updates
  • Issue final graded production specification packets
  • Work with modeling agencies to ensure availability of fit models who meet core size requirements
  • Review and propose updates to fit guidelines and blocks
  • Challenge grade rules when needed and recommend updates
  • Fit leader in Style Outs with Merch/PD, Creative and Stylist prior to photo
  • Proofing Catalog Copy
  • Review return rates to resolve quality and fit issues
  • Participate in special projects as assigned

Knowledge, Skill & Experience:

  • Minimum AA degree in Fashion Design/Merchandising/Textiles with emphasis in textiles and clothing, 4 year degree preferred
  • Supervisory experience
  • 10 years of apparel technical design experience required
  • Knowledge of grading, apparel manufacturing and textiles
  • Experience in patternmaking
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong Computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Illustrator
  • Well versed in PLM; Younique Solutions experience preferred

To Apply:

Submit letter of interest and resume with salary requirements to Human Resources or e-mail to


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TravelSmith Outfitters,
5568 West Chester Road,
West Chester, OH 45069

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Available 1AM-8PM EST
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773 San Marin Drive,
Suite 2300
Novato, CA 94945

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