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Technical Apparel Designer


Posted by Howler Brothers on 06/29/2022

Job Basics

Industry Sector: Fishing, Lifestyle, Outdoor, WaterSports

Job Categories: Design - Apparel

Company Type: Apparel/SoftGoods

State: TX

City: Austin

Country: United States

Required Experience: 5 - 7 years

Job Type: Full Time


Required to Relocate: Yes

Required to Travel: No

Employee May Telecommute: No

Job Seeker Must Live Within: 10 miles

Job Description & Requirements

Howler Brothers is growing and is looking to add a critical role to our Design Team. We are searching for an Apparel Technical Designer to manage all aspects of our technical design, including creating the perfect fit across styles by executing consistent production fit, grading, pattern approvals and maintaining accurate measurement specifications. Does this sound like your skillset? If so, we would love to hear from you! Please read below for more details on the role, and what our requirements are. If you think you're the perfect fit, please complete the application and we'll be in touch!

What You'll Do:

  • Execute design and fit intent into bulk production while maintaining corporate standards.
  • Collaborate with business partners to gain clear direction and consensus of fit intent.
  • Create and maintain digital library for core and seasonal size spec, body blocks.
  • Organize and lead fit sessions on model prepared with tech packs and fit history for each style across multiple product categories.
  • Create and maintain relationships with fit models via local agencies
  • Provide complete and articulate fit comments in a timely manner, including any necessary points of measure, sketches and digital photos.
  • Correct patterns as necessary to achieve best possible fit.
  • Clarify fit comments and corrective direction to overseas partners as needed.
  • Measure and prepare samples for fittings and organizes/stores samples seasonally.

Requirements for this Role:

  • A degree in fashion design, pattern making or equivalent
  • 5+ years technical design and/or pattern making experience in the apparel industry
  • Computer proficiency with; Excel, Illustrator and PLM
  • Strong knowledge of garment construction, patternmaking, grading, and textiles
  • Good understanding of production timelines, equipment and garment construction options
  • Good understanding of garment materials as it relates to construction and fit (fabric and trims)
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong communication skills with overseas partners

Why Work at Howler Brothers?

Becoming an employee at Howler is more like joining a family than starting your standard j-o-b. We are welcoming, we support each other, and we like to have a good time, all while working hard toward a common goal. Although we have been in business for ten years now and the company has grown in many ways, we still embody the spirit of a start-up and a family company.  

Our HQ in the Clarksville neighborhood is a bright, open office plan that encourages natural collaboration and a strong sense of community. That community extends beyond our office into a worldwide network that includes a colorful collection of artists, ambassadors, customers, and fans. With that global perspective in mind, our family is proud to call Austin home.

We offer flexible time off, full health and dental benefits, a generous 401(k) matching program, and many opportunities for community engagement and service. Below are a few more details about our benefits program:

  • Robust Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance Offerings
  • $500 Per Year Employer Contribution to HSA Plans
  • 4% Employer 401(k) Matching 
  • Unlimited PTO
  • 50% Employee Discount on Howler Gear

About Howler Brothers

We confess Howler Brothers is a bit hard to define. We create clothing and accessories inspired by a laundry list of things that might not seem to go together at first glance. We love surfing, dub reggae, fly fishing, vintage western wear, roosters, limes, dogs, street art and cold beer - just to name a few of those things. Bottom line is we draw influence from wherever we find it. There are no set rules or parameters as long as we're having a good time, surrounded by friends, and following our motto, "Heed The Call".  

Everything we make is designed in Austin, Texas with style, functionality, and attention to detail at the forefront. We draw inspiration daily from this city's vibrant and diversecreative culture and we are proud to call Austin home.