The Donna Karan Company LLC

Senior Technical Designer - Wovens

US-NY-New York


The Donna Karan Company LLC, one of the world's leading fashion houses, seeks a Senior Technical Designer to join the Production team based in New York City.


The Senior Technical Designer is the team lead to partner with Assistant Technical Designer, Associate Technical Designer, and patternmakers in live fittings. They oversee tech packs from development stage and through production stage. In addition, they will be involved in fitting and communicating the fit comments overseas.


  • Conduct fittings on live models to determine fit corrections
  • Determine corrections to achieve fit by manipulating pattern or flat technical sketches
  • Oversee initial sample specifications from design sketch. Establish close partnership with Design in order to facilitate the interpretation of Design concepts
  • Meet weekly with Production Team regarding the sample approval status in order to maintain company time/action calendars
  • Interact on a daily basis with agents/vendors to problem solve all issues related to garment engineering
  • Manage & develop staff of Technical Designers and/or Assistant Technical Designers in all technical, administrative, and work flow skills



  • 4 Year College Degree: Preferred with training in Technical Design & Patternmaking
  • 6 + years in the apparel industry in technical design and/or pattern making
  • Must have live model fit experience
  • Must have extensive knowledge of patternmaking & garment construction
  • Ability to work in high volume department and interact with multiple cross-functions
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Must have team lead experience
  • Ability to travel overseas to factories to troubleshoot & expedite production when needed


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