Womenswear & Menswear Design Assistant

Location: Southend-On-Sea, Essex

Hours: Full time. Mon-Fri 0900-1700 with flexibility when required

The Ragged Priest

Established in 2008 as an eBay vintage store, the brand now delivers fast fashion collections to a number of worldwide retailers. We are looking for a Design Assistant to join our growing team.

Role & Responsibilities

Responsible for supporting the Womenswear and Menswear Designer to ensure the smooth running of garment construction and Collection creation. Working closely with in the in-house pre-production team to ensure accurate production of goods. Day to day duties involve:

– Supporting the Rework Women’s and Menswear Designer, working over 3 brands

– Working with design sketches to draft patterns using blocks – the ability to create from scratch would also be hugely beneficial

– Constructing first samples and counter samples on tight lead-times

– Working with vintage garments, reworking original shapes and using trims

– Laying patterns to calculate fabric consumption pre garment/style

– Contribution to trend research and work towards design deadlines

– Attending meetings with buyers, taking notes and generally be on hand to help

Essential Skills & Qualifications

– Excellent fashion design knowledge

– Working knowledge of fabric, trims, grain lines & relevant uses

– Proven experience of industrial sewing and garment construction

– Pattern cutting experience

– Ability to work fast, neatly and independently

– Proficient with Microsoft Office

Desirable Skills & Qualifications

– Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator knowledge

– Fashion Design degree

– Pattern Cutting degree

– Pattern cutting experience

To apply for this role, please email a CV and covering letter to and title the email with ‘Design Assistant Vacancy’