Position Description

Apparel Designer
Location Corporate Headquarters
City Huntington Beach
State/Territory California
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Requisition Number:
Apparel Merchandising & Design
Employment Duration:
Full time
Employment Status:

Company Overview

Boardriders, Inc., is the world’s leading action sports and lifestyle company that designs, produces and distributes branded apparel, footwear and accessories for Boardriders around the world. The Company’s apparel and footwear brands, represent a casual lifestyle for young‐minded people who are inspired by a passion for outdoor action sports. The Company’s Quiksilver, Billabong, Roxy, DC Shoes, RVCA, Element, VonZipper, Xcel, Kustom and Palmers brands have authentic roots and heritage in surf, snow and skate. With approximately 10,000 team members globally, the Company’s products are sold in more than 110 countries in a wide range of distribution, including surf shops, skate shops, snow shops, its proprietary Boardriders stores and other Company‐owned retail stores, select department stores and through various e‐ commerce channels.

Boardriders is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer including: Minorities/Women/Individuals with Disabilities/Protected Veterans


This position requires a creative individual with a strong background in and knowledge of all apparel categories with a strong eye for brand-right silhouettes, fabrics, and color.  This individual will be responsible for hands-on designing of various categories.  This position will also work closely with the Design Director on seasonal themes and color stories, acting as a lead role in the department when Director is not available.


  • Design for various categories
  • Concepting initial mood, print and color direction with Design Director
  • Researching trend direction and market analysis for appropriate categories
  • Illustrate, color and spec original garments within multiple categories that reflect the brand’s direction as well as fulfilling merchandising & business needs
  • Creation and maintenance of highly organized and fully detailed tech packs
  • Conceptualization and composition of original yardage artwork/patterns, trimmings, embellishments, etc. as needed
  • Adherence to various deadlines across multiple seasons in differing stages of development, while also understanding the needs of sales, pricing, style count against the calendar
  • Comment on lab dips, strike offs, protos, etc., in a timely manner
  • Supervise fit sessions and compile/compose concise notes to be communicated to development/production teams, prepare visual comments for factory
  • Domestic and International travel required for inspiration and global meetings
  • Partner in fostering growth of, quality of work, and cohesive output of design team in absence of Design Director
  • Work hand in hand with merchandising, technical department, and product development to achieve the best possible product each season
  • Design into identified opportunities as architected in the range as well as bring consumer relevant ideas and concepts to the table.
  • Design into targeted price-points, categories and silhouettes in accordance margin requirements
  • Work closely with development in reviewing prototypes and submits for approval for all categories from design concept to production.
  • Ensure that all design, artwork, prints, and fabrics for sourcing are sent in correct format with all correct information to suppliers
  • Assist in PLM management including style set-up for all styles and trims by creating and maintaining BOM’s, updating style information and changes as necessary, all sample comments, and approvals.



  • Minimum 5 years in an Apparel Design role
  • Design degree preferred
  • Expertise in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop
  • Experience with yardage patterns and print processes (repeats, engineers, etc.)
  • Strong knowledge of fabric weaves, contents/weights, finishing techniques
  • Strong knowledge of apparel construction, fits, costing
  • Positive attitude, attention to detail, prioritization skills, and articulate communication skills
  • Proven ability to work well both independently and collaboratively, have excellent follow through skills and self-initiative. 
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