Technical Designer

About the job

Perry Ellis International, Inc. represents a diverse portfolio of lifestyle apparel brands. The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries owns and licenses nationally and internationally recognized brands including: Perry Ellis®, Original Penguin® by Munsingwear®, Laundry by Shelli Segal®, Rafaella®, Cubavera®, Ben Hogan®, Savane®, Grand Slam®, John Henry®, Manhattan®, Axist®, Jantzen® and Farah®. The Company enhances its roster of brands by licensing trademarks from third parties, including: Nike® and Jag® for swimwear, and Callaway®, PGA TOUR®, and Jack Nicklaus® for golf apparel.


The Technical Designer is responsible for developing the specs and fit of the garment from initial design concept through to final fit approval for an assigned category. This role is responsible to ensure fit consistency and Brand standards for construction throughout the given category are maintained. This position requires a medium level of technical, process management and problem solving skills. This role will be supporting our Perry Ellis Menswear and Original Penguin brands out of our New York office.


  • Collaborate with business partners to obtain clear direction and consensus on design aesthetic, fit intent and construction.
  • Develop specifications and garment construction methods for assigned product categories from initial style development and cost engineer for bulk production.
  • Attend fit sessions with Technical Director, Product Specialist, Design, Merchandising, PD and Sourcing to develop Brand aesthetic, silhouette and proportion within the price point for assigned categories.
  • Problem solve all technical issues related to fit and execution including fabric application, construction, grading and cost engineering.
  • Effectively communicate fit intent, balance and construction revisions to OVS partners and Direct Vendors via fit notes, diagrams, ¼ scale pattern corrections, digital photos or in 3D.
  • Evaluate prototype samples and fit samples for measurement, fit and construction accuracy and quality according to Brand standards.
  • Participate in maintaining consistency of technical design and product creation processes.
  • Partner with OVS offices and Direct Vendor Technical teams to ensure execution of fit, construction and finishing
  • Ensure Brand consistency in aesthetic, fit and construction from vendor to vendor across all styles within a category
  • Effectively communicate with cross functional teams to ensure calendar milestone deliverables are met
  • Proactively identify and solve potential production, quality and costing issues and make appropriate recommendations for resolutions.
  • Ascertain appropriate method of communicating with OVS offices and Direct Vendors to ensure clarity and resolution of issues (video conference, phone, instant message, email, video clips, photos etc).
  • Escalate issues when necessary and provide root cause analysis, fact finding and possible solutions.
  • Track workload deliverables to ensure individual deadlines are met and work with production partners to avoid garment delivery slides.
  • Attend key Milestone meetings to provide technical support with regards to fit and construction
  • Foster open communication and team environment with all business partners and receive constructive feedback professionally.
  • Build excellent working relationships with cross functional partners in Design, Merchandising, Sourcing and Product Development as well as overseas offices and Direct vendors.

Skills, Knowledge, And Abilities

  • Experience in fitting garments for assigned product categories
  • Ability to analyze fit issues and propose valid & actionable solutions
  • Experience in creating accurate technical spec packages
  • Proficient in patternmaking, grading, construction methods and garment engineering for assigned categories
  • Understanding of end to end product development and apparel production process from concept to delivery
  • Knowledge of fabric and inner components
  • Training and experience working in 3D software
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong sense of urgency, attention to detail and resourcefulness
  • Adept at time management with the ability to set priorities, plan and meet overlapping deadlines
  • Proven organizational skills and ability to manage deadlines and changing priorities
  • Competent analytical skills and ability to problem solve
  • Dedicated team player
  • Expert interpersonal skills and ability to interact with all personality types and cultures
  • Ability to openly embrace changes dictated by market conditions
  • Advanced computer skills: Google Apps, Microsoft Office Suite (or alternate software), Adobe Illustrator, PLM,
  • Knowledge of Gerber AccuMark, Lectra, Optitex, Tukatech (or alternate computer patternmaking software), 3D (Browzwear, CLO3D, Optitex, Tukatech or alternate 3D software)

Minimum Requirements

  • B.A. Apparel Design, Patternmaking for Apparel Engineering, or job related equivalent
  • 4+ years of experience in Technical Design, and at least two other proficiencies: patternmaking, product engineering, garment construction or pattern grading