Technical Designer, Non-Apparel

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 a Technical Designer to join our non-apparel team in developing exclusive licensed accessories and home goods.


  • Manage the technical product development process for a portion of, or an assigned product classification; working with Non – Apparel Merchants, and Design Teams
  • Creating Tech Packs and communicating updates to vendors and factories
  • Create technical specs in 3d/CAD designs for our non-apparel/accessories 
  • Create aesthetic and technical evaluation comments; note all design and specs discrepancies at all stages; review all samples against design package to ensure all specifications and design details are adhered to
  • Communicate daily with vendors, Merchants, Design, and Production teams for T&A and product execution


  • 4-year college degree in fashion merchandising/design with a minimum of 4 years in technical design
  • Licensing experience is a plus
  • Extensive knowledge of fabrics/materials/trims, embellishments/hardware, and textile/graphic printing processes for non-apparel/hardlines and related manufacturing processes preferred
  • Knowledge and experience with testing, safety, and legal requirements for consumer products a plus
  • Specific experience in handbags and backpacks preferred
  • Previous retail, garment, or accessory manufacturing experience preferred
  • Excellent computer skills including CAD/3D renderings/Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, MS Word and Excel
  • Basic understanding of balance, and accessory construction, fabrics and fabric performance
  • Knowledge of fabrics, trims and sewing operations associated with accessories & non – apparel categories 
  • Ability and willingness to travel internationally when travel is permitted