Fabric/Trim Development Associate

New York, New York

The Fabric/Trim Development Associate will work closely with Fabric, Design, and Sourcing to research, develop, and approve new materials against seasonal timelines for cross-functional needs and deliverables.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Ensure seasonal fabric books are complete and accurately detailed
  • Utilize fabric, trim and wash standard charts to lead weekly internal development meeting for status updates, troubleshooting, and cost engineering. Provide recommendations to resolve challenges as needed
  • Oversee creation and accuracy of sample yardage request charts to be shared overseas
  • Communicate design comments and revisions on submits to overseas offices, mills, and suppliers
  • Lead the development of all fabrics and trims specific to assigned brands and/or categories
  • Monitor and track production and costing of suppliers for all development inclusive of trims/hangtags
  • Communicate regularly with overseas offices to update and share information on fabric standards for production
  • Partner to review fabric and wash submits with the Product Approval team
  • Attend fabric fairs and conduct online research and identify current and emerging trends in materials and washes
  • Collaboratively work on seasonal materials boards showcasing new trends and innovation to Design and Sourcing
  • Support PLM updates and data implementation as needed
  • Partner with sourcing to hand off seasonal standards
  • Attend mill and supplier meetings in the NY Office
  • Special projects as assigned

Required Skills/Abilities/Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Textile/Product Development or related field
  • 2+ years of experience in Material Development
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills with attention to detail
  • Deadline driven with a sense of urgency and accuracy
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong general computer and Excel skills

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