Freelance Fabric R&D Associate

New York, New York Fabric Posted June 22, 2022
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Job Title: Freelance Fabric R&D

Start: ASAP

Duration: 5 weeks

Hourly Rate: $28-32/hour 

Hours: 32 hours per week (Monday – Thursday)

Location: NYC (Onsite daily)

Job Description: Looking for a freelance Fabric R&D to assist the team

Must be proficient in Excel and have experience communicating with factories/mills overseas.


  • Work with mills/vendors to gather specs and details on fabrics chosen
  • Place purchase orders for fabrics for tailoring, protos and sms as needed
  • Follow up to ensure that all delivery dates are met and materials are shipped to correct location
  • Check in fabrics in NYC, and help pass references to cross functional teams
  • Gather all filled out FDS templates for each fabrication
  • Create records for production for quality, color and FDS
  • Send out color standards and print artwork
  • Keep record and follow up on all strike offs and labdips to come in from mills
  • Assist in approving invoices for material orders
  • Maintain a detailed fabric reference library, including fabric selections and seasonal records
  • Keep information up to date regarding fabrications on linesheets and within the PD and design teams
  • Assist in maintaining Vendor Contact List with updated contact information


  • Must have Associates or Bachelor Degree, or equivalent experience
  • Must have one to two (3-4) years of experience in the apparel industry
  • Must have interest in textiles/fibers, production, sourcing
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational, time management and detail-oriented skills
  • Ability to work well in a teamwork-oriented environment through strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must have working knowledge and understanding of Production and Design
  • Must have the proven ability to work closely and partner effectively with designers, and cross functional teams
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