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Design Assistant - Sustainable Women's Apparel

ELK - Preston, VIC

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We are looking for a passionate and engaged Design Assistant, to support the Head of Design develop our sustainable women's apparel range.

About The Role

We are looking for a passionate and engaged Design Assistant, to support the Head of Design develop our sustainable women’s apparel range.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Closely collaborate with the Head of Design and Creative Director to draw up all initial designs, produce specification packs and ensure all key dates are met in line with our critical path
  • Ensure all documentation is up to date and accurately maintained in WFX
  • Produce illustrated visual storyboards of our seasonal ranges
  • Manage lab dips, trims and materials for each design
  • Develop strong working relationships with our intimate collection of offshore suppliers 
  • Closely collaborate with our Ethics & Sustainability Manager to provide input into the development of increasingly more sustainable ranges, researching and proposing new product innovations (via both fabrics and trims) and challenging our status quo

What We’ll Love About You

Your values are aligned to ours - you will embody our Ethical and Environmental Mission in the creation of responsible products that are good for people and our planet; minimising our environmental footprint and promote positive social practices.

You have a love of fashion and have a positive, proactive, solutions focussed mindset. You take a great deal of pride in your ability to operate with a meticulous degree of organisation, attention to detail and to stay on track in line with the design calendar. You know Adobe Illustrator like the back of your hand, are well versed with garment construction and have at least 3 years’ experience working in a similar role responsible for apparel.

You love nothing more than being part of a collaborative, supportive and nurturing team where everyone lends a hand to get the job done. 

Who are you?

You are a perfect match with:

  • At least 3+ years experience working in a similar role, responsible for apparel (coupled with a great understanding of garment construction)
  • In depth knowledge of Adobe Illustrator (required)
  • Understanding of and passion for sustainability landscape (required)
  • Formal qualification in textiles production, fashion and textiles management, fashion and clothing technology or related industry (desired)
  • Experience using WFX (desired)

In return we offer:

  • Salary and benefits commensurate with experience
  • Genuine commitment to work life balance
  • Market leading product discounts for you, your family & friends
  • 2 days paid volunteer leave every year

About ELK

A pioneer of Australian design, ELK was established in 2004 in Melbourne, Australia. The ELK aesthetic holds a unique place within the international fashion landscape. With a highly considered approach by brand founders Marnie and Adam, ELK collections resonate with their global audience through sustainable and ethical practices, design refinement, trend curation and an intellect that is innately their own. Their sculptural accessories, hand-made leather and ready-to-wear collections define their artful vision while their devotion to ethical and sustainable practices has endured them as a leader in the practice of responsible innovation for the fashion industry.

How To Apply

If this sounds like you, find out more by visiting ELK Careers or make contact with us at