Associate Designer

Michael Stars - Hawthorne, CA

Posted: June 21st, 2018


Job Summary:

Responsible for designing all categories of the product line and ensuring perfect fit into production. Assist the Designer with development of styles for the line.

Essential Duties And Responsibilities:

  • Design and develop the Michael Stars product lines according to market trends and the Michael Stars vision
  • Research trends and bring in new ideas through: competitive shopping; textile shows; reviewing trend services, tear sheets, magazines, trade journals and websites
  • Assist in the development of seasonal color palette from lab dip to pre-production; create layouts analyzing trends of both style and color for each season and group for both store, department store, boutique, and showroom use
  • Communicate with assistant and tech designer to perfect sketches, specs, and tech packs
  • Attend fittings as needed
  • Partner with tech design and merchandising to develop cost saving, mass-marketable and quality control friendly alternatives and ensure all details are discussed and understood
  • Assist with creating tech packs
  • Meet all events/deadlines on design calendar 
  • Illustrator and free-hand flat sketching
  • Research trims, fabrics and sourcing
  • Make product presentations to internal team members
  • Coordinate samples for special appointments 
  • Other related duties as required


  • AS or BA Degree from Art and Design College
  • Creative visionary with a minimum of 5 years design experience within the contemporary market
  • Proficient at Microsoft office, Illustrator, and Photoshop, Web PDM a plus
  • Ability to handle multi-faceted projects with strong follow through
  • Able to work independently, as well as collaborate as a team player
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About Michael Stars

If you ask us, being stylish and being comfortable should be one and the same. As the founder of the "original tee", Los Angeles-based Michael Stars has pioneered casual chic tees since its founding more than two decades ago, when a chance meeting with a beachside artist inspired South Africa-native Michael Cohen to launch a unisex T-shirt line. After meeting his future wife, Suzanne, the pair created the Michael Stars known today for its wide selection of perfectly fitted tees, signature "shine" fabric, ultra soft layering pieces and plush cashmere sweaters. Michael Stars opened its first store in Manhattan Beach in 2001 - nine years later, the brand has grown to 11 retail stores and distribution throughout all 50 states and internationally. Michael Stars styles have been featured on the pages of top-selling magazines such as Vogue, Lucky, Elle and InStyle, and the brand counts such celebrities as Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Angelina Jolie and Jessica Biel among its fans.