Hippy Tree - South Bay, CA

Posted: June 12th, 2020



HippyTree is seeking an enthusiastic Product Developer to join our rapidly expanding surf and outdoor sports apparel business. This is a full-time in-house position at HippyTree’s headquarters in Los Angeles, California.

HippyTree is the original “Surf & Stone” apparel company. Founded in a Hermosa Beach garage in 2004, HippyTree is dedicated to designing products and graphics that embody the surf and climbing lifestyle. We are seeking an experienced Product Developer to oversee the execution of HippyTree’s men’s apparel categories from design concept to production approval. The position requires extensive knowledge of the product development process, apparel construction and garment costing.


• Manage the product creation process from design hand-off to final production approval, with an emphasis on quality product development and timely completion

  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with designers and vendors to ensure product success

  • Develop and manage seasonal production calendars to ensure timely development and delivery of prototypes

    and samples

  • Review and oversee submittal of tech packs to factories for accuracy, completeness, quality and affordability

    - Recommend enhancements, construction and material options to elevate our brand and/or improve financial targets

    - Handle factory questions; aid in interpreting designs when needed

  • Review all factory submits (lab dips, handlooms, knit downs, print strikes, etc.), prototypes and samples to ensure

    manufacturing execution in cooperation with design team

  • Communicate comments and feedback to factories in detailed and organized manner to make required changes

    to prototypes and samples

  • Organize and track all submits, protos and samples for future reference

  • Maintain fabric and trim library in partnership with design team

  • Negotiate production costs based on design, merchandising and financial plans; maintain cost sheets


    • Bachelor’s degree in Apparel Design or Merchandising or a related field
    • Five plus years’ experience in product development and a passion for apparel
    • Solid understanding of apparel tech packs, fabric, construction, trims, fit, size grading, manufacturing, techniques and costing
    • Proficiency with Adobe Illustrator; ability to update and revise apparel tech packs
    • Superior communication skills, particularly with respect to communicating with overseas factories • Ability to proactively trouble shoot and solve problems
    • Staunch attention to detail and organization
    • Must be available to work off-hours when deadlines are looming
    • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word
    • Familiarity with Photoshop
    • Excellent typing skills
    • Enthusiasm for nature and the outdoors

About Hippy Tree

Though formally founded in 2004 by South Bay surfer, climber and artist, Andrew Sarnecki, HippyTree more accurately began at the beginning of the millennium with a twenty-one year old Sarnecki who, at the time, sported waist-length dreads and a car fully equipped with spray-paint cans, surfboard, and a camera. ‘Hippy,’ the name Sarnecki’s friends fittingly called him, also marked his half-ironic graffiti moniker. With a tag where the “i” in Hippy appeared in the image of a tree, the foundation and original logo of HippyTree was being paved before the vision was even realized.

Along with freight train graffiti, Sarnecki was – and still is to this day – an avid surf photographer. Out of frustration with the bureaucracy of publishing his photos in major surf publications, he began designing and printing his own mini-surf magazines entitled, “South Bay.” He distributed these publications for free to friends and local surf shops. After publishing two South Bay surf booklets and constant inquires regarding further goods, Sarnecki decided to try and sell a South Bay wall calendar together with a t-shirt, tidebook and sticker. He set up an ad hoc business out of his bedroom in Hermosa Beach and released the items under the name HippyTree. Within a matter of months Sarnecki completely sold out of the 1000 calendars and 100 t-shirts. HippyTree was born.

Today HippyTree is a nature inspired surf and outdoor apparel company. HippyTree is dedicated to designing products and graphics that embody the “surf & stone” lifestyle. HippyTree’s rugged apparel designs and hand drawn graphics featuring waves, mountains and wildlife reflect the company’s passion for surfing and the outdoors. Marked by the “green tree” logo, HippyTree is committed to softening its environmental impact by using eco-friendly materials and manufacturing. HippyTree apparel is sold in surf, outdoor and specialty retailers throughout the United States and internationally.