Designer (Non-Apparel/Accessories)

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 Designer to join our team and turn our licenses into accessories. This role is hands on and will help keep the stars aligned for the design and product team.


  • Designs and creates sketches/CADS and specs for handbags/SLGs and other accessories categories
  • Prepare spec sheets with detailed technical / construction information and art direction for cross functional partners
  • Maintain design records and ensure line sheets are up to date
  • Partner with Apparel ART & Design team as needed to coordinate collections
  • Develop and present trend / mood boards and communicate effectively with cross-functional teams to achieve alignment on projects
  • Research and shop market for trend and inspiration, identifying new trends in fabric, trim, fit and hardware pieces and other raw materials
  • Responsible for design-function relationship, hardware development, specification and illustrating for hardlines and non-apparel
  • Work closely with Buying, PD and Technical Design teams throughout the development process to ensure the highest level of quality and integrity
  • Follow the product through its full development process - reviewing and approving design, lab dips, trim, fabric details, ensuring brand integrity
  • Participate in the conceptual development of product lines, providing recommendations regarding seasonal themes, edits to line and new concepts. Create style board for area of responsibility, showing silhouette and color, fabric, print / pattern options


  • 5+ years in design/product development in vertical retail and ecomm companies in handbags and other hardline accessories categories
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • License retail experience is a plus
  • Geek knowledge a plus!
  • Extensive background in CPG
  • Understanding of design and manufacturing of non-apparel/hardlines categories (International factories)
  • Expert influencing & negotiating skills