Assistant Apparel Designer

Hot Topic HQ - City of Industry, California - Full-time


At Hot Topic, we’re passionate about creativity and high performance. We're also passionate about Pop case you hadn't noticed. We are looking for an Assistant Designer to join our growing team and assist our Designer with turning our licensed into wearable fashion. This role is hands on and will help keep the stars aligned for the design and product team.


  • Execute specific design projects as assigned by the designer.
  • Create silhouette sketching (tops, sweaters, bottoms, jackets, dresses, intimates) and detailed technical sketches with color CAD
  • Assist with various tasks within the design and development process, including and not limited to creation of flat sketches, tech pack creation/updates and line sheet creation/maintenance
  • Support designer with fabric development seasonally
  • Create, organize, and update reference libraries (fabrics, tech packs, development samples)
  • Completes approval submits and lab dips
  • Participate in the preparation of materials for trend concept meetings, line and cad reviews
  • Maintain an active role in weekly meetings by taking notes and following up as needed


  • At least one year experience as a design assistant. 
  • College degree in design or related field required
  • Strong computer skills including Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Ability to work & thrive in a fast paced, multi-task environment.
  • A natural organizer and time manager
  • Smells like team spirit - you have strong communication skills including ability to work in a team environment, give honest, direct feedback and is a solid verbal and written communicator.
  • Meets deadlines, prioritizes appropriately, copes well with change, and maintains composure under pressure.

Our company participates in E-Verify. E-Verify is a program that electronically confirms a candidate’s eligibility to work in the United States after completing the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9). The information provided on the Form I-9 is compared to the records contained in the Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) databases. This helps employers verify the identity and employment eligibility of newly hired employees.