The Business of Denim

Career opportunities after FIDM

Associate Wash Developer

Spend most of the day in a washhouse experimenting with seasonal fabrics and dye formulas. Collaborate with designers to achieve desired looks specific to the fabric and style.

Fabric and Wash Designer

Work directly with textile mills to create or modify fabrics starting with the fibers and weaves. Using these created fabrics develop wet and dry processes and techniques that can be applied to specific products.

Director of Wash & Development

Manage a group of developers to encourage experimentation and innovation for fabrics. Guide these developers to create inventive washes and processes for each season specific to the desired outcome.

Denim Assistant Designer

Support a designer in everyday activities to design products for specific seasons. Research trends online and in-stores to assist in the development of new products specific to the marketplace. Create product designs and digital boards for each collection.

Associate Designer

Using the world as inspiration, create designs for product by going into the market. All details are key, from style lines to hardware to stitching. Create a vision and see it turn into reality.

Denim Specialist

Know all there is to know about denim; fibers, weave, garment construction, hardware, and fit, within a specific consumer market. Give insight into the procedures and processes within the denim market.

Denim Product Development Specialist

Focus on the development of denim products. Know all aspects specifically related to creating denim garments. Assist in training other developers to understand the nuances of denim development and the application to the consumer.

Technical Designer, Denim

Communicate with designers and product developers to create the pattern, fit and construction of denim garments to ensure the desired appearance and quality of the design maintains to the integrity of the brand.

Product Development Assistant

Work on creating product by taking it from design to completion. This process includes managing timelines, costing, sourcing, and technical packages.

Pre-Production Assistant

Review technical packages, specification sheets, garment construction, and samples coordination. Become an expert in negotiating pricing and the details of production. Follow up to ensure on-time delivery and that timelines are met in every step of the development process.

Production Assistant

Oversee fabric warehousing, storage and tracking of warehoused goods. Problem-solve and communicate solutions to on-the-job dilemmas that arise on a daily basis. Review processes and aim for higher efficiency in the production process.

Associate Production Manager, Denim

Maintain communication with factories to ensure timelines and requirements are met. Monitor fit approvals, garment test reports, and final costing. Support on-time production to keep all moving parts in line.