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Technical Designer- Women's Swim

Tommy Bahama k

Seattle, WA

Aug 13
Job Description


Tommy Bahama is more than just an island inspired brand, it’s a lifestyle! Live the Island Life as an ambassador of our brand, representing the season’s stylish trends. We look for those who are passionate about growth as we offer a variety of rewarding positions, from sales to management. You will play an important role in our store leadership, inspiring your team to work together to achieve our goals, create an environment of aloha fun, while exceeding guest expectations - taking them someplace great. Come join us, share knowledge on latest designs and provide guest with world class service!


Responsible for ensuring that all Women’s swim suits, rash guards, and coverups, meet our specifications including; consistent fit, construction, pattern approvals, grading, specs, design details, labels etc. Documenting and communicating all style changes, developing and checking specifications for all styles and tracking all styles from samples to production. Responsible for establishing blocks according to TB specifications.


Executes initial styles from design handoff through production by developing specs and/or patterns to meet required aesthetic following sketches and/or original samples.
Works on both Development and Production tech packs and fittings.
Specs and checks details on initial samples, salesman samples, approval samples pre-production and shipment samples.
Reviews garments with designers, identifies problem areas, and resolves fit problems
Leads fit sessions.
Prepares list of garments to fit & paperwork for fittings. Ensures that all fit garments from the factories are measured and evaluation sheets are prepared and reviewed prior to fittings. Evaluates samples for fit, construction & workmanship.
Effectively communicates fit comments overseas vendors & TB HK office within deadlines and with;
Fully detailed written instructions to improve fit & quality of each garment
Photos of problem fit areas to demonstrate requested corrections
Detailed sketches – updated
Construction information updated
Garment measurements – including changes
Partner with patternmaker on pattern modifications
Grades spec sheets as requested
Checks production specifications and production detail pages and confirms or rejects them.
Sets up tracking sheets to monitor which samples are approved, the date of approval, and tracks garments through to production.
Managers spec history; keeps track of different fits and updates all styles affected by any spec changes
Maintains consistent fit, construction, grade rules, and tolerances in tech pack in Flex PLM
Identifies potential production, quality, costing, and design issues and make appropriate recommendations.
Reviews buy sheets and tracks quantities to determine how much time is devoted to the fitting of each style, and if time allows for changes
Tracks and manages fit sample approvals meeting calendar deadlines.
Keeps samples in an orderly manner.
Flexible for other duties as needed to help support the overall business.


2-year technical design degree with swim focus desired. Bachelor's degree preferred
Generally, 4+ years experience as a technical designer/patternmaker for a swimwear company.
Gerber patternmaking systems experience required.
Advanced computer skills, PLM, Excel and Word is highly desired.
Sewing skills and knowledge of the varous sewing machines needed to execute production.
Ability to work in a global, multi-cultural environment.
Strong interpersonal skills for building collaborative working relationships within teams.
Strong time management and organizational skills to establish and manage priorities and meet deadlines.
Ability to proactively trouble shoot and problem solve.
Detail oriented.
Knowledge of garment construction, patternmaking and grading of women’s swimwear.
Excellent communication (written and oral) skills.

NOTE: International candidates must hold a valid US working permit.

Tommy Bahama

Aloha! At Tommy Bahama, paradise is our business. Focused on exceptional guest service, upscale products and delicious food and drinks, our tropically inspired lifestyle inspires the world to relax. Maintaining our unique point of view requires a diverse team that includes apparel designers, eCommerce and technology experts, manufacturing and operations, and, of course, retail and hospitality professionals. There are countless opportunities to contribute to our continued success — if you'd like to help us "Live the Island Life," we'd like to hear from you. Tommy Bahama is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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