Assistant Designer-Graphics
Express - New York, NY

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About Express:

Express is a specialty apparel and accessories retailer of women's and men's merchandise, targeting the 20 to 30 year old customer. The Company has over 30 years of experience offering a distinct combination of fashion and quality for multiple lifestyle occasions at an attractive value addressing fashion needs across work, casual, jeanswear, and going-out occasions. The Company currently operates over 600 retail stores, located primarily in high-traffic shopping malls, lifestyle centers, and street locations across the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada, and also distributes its products through the Company's e-commerce website, www.express.com .

Assists in the design of an individual product category within a Brand Image and Line Plan and maintains fashion awareness through research, reading, and shopping
Brand Concept:
-Researches ideas appropriate for the seasonal concept of the Limited Brand (i.e. library, flea market, vintage stores, and retail stores).
-Interprets brand concept into design of garments.
-Illustrates concept using antique and store bought fabrics and samples.

Fashion Trends:

-Sample shops throughout the world.
-Identifies trends.
-Identifies samples that can be adapted to represent trends for Express.
-Sketch ideas for skirts and pants program, exploding development of the "system" programs. Keep organized system of ideas.
-Designs mood boards
-Develop precise technical sketches/ illustration for seasonal presentations.
-Assembles outfits for Coordination Meeting.
-Pulls tear sheets for seasonal concept ideas.

Assortment Plan :
-Utilizes agreed Line Plan to update existing products and design new products.
-Prepares for presentation meeting.
-Assorts all patterns/ stripes with Sr. Designers.
-Assists with rigging of room for key meetings.
-De-rigs all bodies related to department.
-Corrects sketches and boards for presentation.

Product Design:
-Assists in the design of a product for a specific department/ category.
-Prepares colored sketches and boards for specific department/ category.
-Creates flat sketches and Design Spec packages.
-Attends all fitting until approved fit.
-Develop accurate tech packs, updating them as necessary. Send tech packs to appropriate vendors, according to composites. Keep organized folder of tech packs with email attachments. Organize system for paper patterns according to style and season.
-Develop trim chart for seasonal deliveries, which include notions, trims, and lining. Research notions, trims, and or lining if necessary for domestic samples.
-Reviews first samples, making comments and corrections.
- Issues any new program updates after Sr. Designer approval.

Administration:
-Creates and maintains seasonal information workbooks with all specifics for each line sketches, memos, updates, specs, etc.
-Assists in organizing presentation rooms with appropriate fabric name cards, swatches, and updated technical sketches. Assist in rigging/ derigging mannequins. Dress fit models if necessary during presentations/ edit sessions.
-Organizes fit sessions with tech department and fit model. Prepare fit sessions with appropriate samples.
-Completes Design assignments in accordance with time line requirements.
-Organizes seasonal records of spec packages.
-Performs other related duties as assigned by management

Education: Bachelor's Degree in Design preferred

Experience : 1-3 years experience in Design.

Preferred Requirements (skills and abilities)
-Ability to work within a team environment.
-Ability to take minimal direction.
-Strong fashion sense.

An equal opportunity employer, Express does not discriminate in hiring or terms and conditions of employment because of an individual's race, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, sexual orientation or marital status. Express only hires individuals authorized for employment in the United States.

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