Wearables and Soft Goods designer

Are you a fashion designer who believes people’s lives can be improved by wearables, a creative who designs outfits with wearable electronics, or an engineer who thinks in 3D (printed) textiles and yarns? Would you like to collaborate with industrial designers, researchers, hardware and software developers on the forefront of smart clothing? Then please keep reading…

Who are we?

We are Elitac Wearables, a growing tech company specialized in integrating electronics into textiles with a focus on haptic feedback applications. In close collaboration with industry partners from the health, safety and sports sectors, we develop innovative and smart products products that solve real problems. We also partner with international universities to develop and apply new scientific research to the products we make.

We work in multidisciplinary agile teams at our new office and Wearable Lab in Utrecht. Here we develop new products in-house, from concept and research all the way to market-ready products. We value curiosity and creativity in our team members and our projects reflect that.

We imagine a future in which smart clothing is ubiquitous and where e-textiles improve the quality of life, while being indistinguishable from traditional textiles. All our projects make a meaningful contribution to users’ lives: e.g. our BalanceBelt allows people with balance disorders to live normal lives again, our Mission Navigation Belt keeps soldiers in the field safer and our NeuroShirt will help reduce the cognitive load for neurosurgeons during surgeries.

Who are you?

  • You make Soft Goods and garments look good and solve development problems as you go;
  • You are extremely creative but never forget the intended use and functionality;
  • You are a dreamer, maker, innovator;
  • You love learning new things and solving problems through trial and error;
  • You can develop Soft Goods from scratch to a high aesthetic level and/or develop them to a production-ready level;
  • You have great presentation skills and are comfortable sharing your ideas and designs with clients and members of the team (designers, researchers, soft- and hardware developers);
  • Your heart beats faster when it comes to new technical materials and you know how to source and apply them;
  • You are a team player, but always stand up for your ideas;
  • You make people’s lives better through your designs.

Requirements / skills (do you tick all or many of the following boxes?)

  • You are a highly skilled sewer;
  • You are an expert fashion designer; especially of textile garments and accessories for sports, workwear or medical professionals;
  • You have experience integrating solid components, 3D prints and/or electronics into textiles;
  • Of course you know the difference between weaves and knits; preferably you know how to design or work with these techniques;
  • You have designed mass-produced garments;
  • Your visual skills are strong! (Adobe CC, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop);
  • You know how to make (digital) patterns;
  • You speak Dutch and/or English fluently;

We offer

  • The opportunity to work on the forefront of innovative and meaningful wearables;
  • A challenging position in a young and ambitious team;
  • A fulltime position, part-time is an option (min 24 hours per week);
  • An annual contract with prospects for a permanent position;
  • Internal coaching and training;
  • A lot of independence and freedom in the execution of your job;
  • A brand new office with a fully equipped Wearable Lab for (functional) prototyping;
  • Enthusiastic and experienced colleagues;
  • Informal work environment with good coffee, daily lunch and fruit.

Are you the Wearables and Soft Goods Designer we are looking for and would you like to meet us at our office in Utrecht? Send your motivation and resume to Martin van den Berg (Head of Operations) (m.vandenberg@elitac.nl).

 Please note that we do not accept submissions from recruitment agencies.