Need Supply is Hiring Design Asst (NYC)

photo via Need Supply

photo via Need Supply

NSTO is the parent company of Totokaelo and Need Supply Co. We are a commerce and content platform with over 30 years of combined experience. We build fashion and lifestyle destinations known for their directional approach to clothing, accessories, art, and objects. Totokaelo aims to deliver the most essential and creative elements of the ideal contemporary life. Need Supply Co. is a brand that embodies an effortless sense of style combined with a deep awareness of contemporary culture β€” without taking itself too seriously.

The Design Assistant will serve a critical role in coordinating style development from conception to production hand-off. The Assistant will maintain and enhance Need Supply Co. and Totokaelo brand integrity, throughout the design/development process. This position will be responsible for communication cross-functionally as well as with local and international partners. In addition, this role will assist in monitoring sample room workflow as well as sample order tracking. The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented and organized with strong problem-solving skills.

photo via Totokaelo

photo via Totokaelo


  • 1-2+ years’ experience in Design and Production

  • Experience in Adobe Illustrator

  • Quickly execute Garment CADS

  • Experience working in a sample room

  • Experienced in Excel, tech packs and technical communication in relationship to apparel development

  • Ability to manage quick timelines efficiently and independently

  • Strong communication skills

  • Works well under a high-pressure environment

  • Extremely detail oriented


  • Coordinate style development and production tasks by working closely with Development/Production Manager in order to maintain calendar adherence and sample workload prioritization

  • Work with Sr. Designer as needed to create flat sketches, DV sheets and inspiration research

  • Maintain all charts, reports, and factory calendars

  • Track fabric, lab dips, and trim orders

  • Follow-up on timely delivery / sample accuracy

  • Communicate daily with overseas offices and factories and update tech packs accordingly for all styles on order

  • Complete and update tech packs as necessary (BOMs) and forward to factory in a timely manner

  • Responsible for smooth sample handover to Production

  • Develop and maintain strong cross-functional relationships with design and production regarding changes, discrepancies, approvals, etc.

  • Responsible for detailed and accurate note-taking during fittings, photographing on fit model, and updating fit comments

  • Work with Design to hand-off concise and accurate style spec sheets

  • Communicate and find solutions to any potential production issues with external or internal partners (vendors and/or cross-functional teams)