Careers in Fashion


Looking for an entry level job or internship in fashion? Here's an overview of how to approach the search and a list of companies that might have entry level and internship opportunities that will interest you.

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My favorite day in elementary school was “opposite day.” On that day we were supposed to wear clothes with as many different clashing patterns as possible. And while I’d like to think my horizontally stripped sweater and red and green plaid pants looked great together, it’s probably time that I admit I’m no Sarah Jessica Parker from Sex and The City. But if you love stylish high heels like her, have a great eye for color and detail, or simply have an interest in creating clothing, you should consider being a fashion designer. Apparel designers are responsible for conceptualizing and making garments.

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Fashion Design Career Guide Overview

  1. What a Fashion Designer Does
  2. A Typical Day for a Fashion Designer
  3. Salary and Career Progression for a Fashion Designer
  4. Best Locations for Fashion Designers
  5. Pros and Cons of Being a Fashion Designer
  6. What You Need to Know for a Career in Fashion Design
  7. Fashion Design Resources
  8. Careers Related to Fashion Design
  9. Companies with Jobs and Internships in Fashion Design

What a Fashion Designer Does

A fashion designer creates clothes, jewelry, shoes, and/or accessories that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. To do this they design garment combinations of line, proportion, color, and texture from a wide range of materials, colors, patterns and styles. They take into account many factors like who might wear the clothes and in what situation.

A Typical Day for a Fashion Designer

A typical day for a fashion designer might involve studying trends or finding target markets by attending a fashion show or reviewing trade magazines. Then they might design ideas with clients. Later they might sketch out some ideas for new garments on paper and writing specifications like color schemes, construction types, and materials. After that they test out some of the sketches by draping fabric on a dress form. Once they’re happy with the fit, they will work with a pattern maker to create a finished version of the pattern and then test the final design on a model.

Salary and Career Progression for a Fashion Designer

A fashion designer typically makes between $30,000 and $98,000 per year, although beginners earn closer to $20,000 to $50,000 annually. After 20 years of experience, the median salary range increases to around $40,000 to $180,000. There is high salary potential in this field, but it might take awhile to get there. Common future jobs include chief fashion designer ($30,000-$195,000), technical designer, apparel designer ($32,000-$86,000), and product development manager ($45,000-$128,000).

Best Locations for Fashion Designers

The cities with the highest salaries for fashion designers now are:

Pros and Cons of Being a Fashion Designer


What You Need to Know for a Career in Fashion Design

Most fashion designers have an associates degree or a bachelor’s degree in fashion design. Important areas of training include color, textiles, fashion history and computer-aided design (CAD). Sewing and pattern-making skills, an eye for color and detail, and sketching ability are also important. It’s also a great idea to try to get a relevant internship.

Fashion Design Resources

If fashion design still sounds like your cup of tea, here are a few things you should do to get started.

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Careers Related to Fashion Design

Companies with Entry Level Jobs and Internships in Fashion

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RocksBox - RocksBox is a San Francisco, CA based company that lets you “experiment with different looks, discover the latest designers, and only buy the jewelry that you truly love.”

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Job TitleLocation
Strategy & Marketing Analyst InternSan Francisco, CA
VP of MerchandisingSan Francisco, CA
Strategy & Marketing AnalystSan Francisco, CA
Strategy & Marketing AnalystSan Francisco, CA
Operations AssociateSan Francisco, CA
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Reformation - Reformation is an LA based “environmentally sustainable fashion brand that repurposes vintage and surplus materials to create a chic, limited edition collection.”

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Todd Snyder - Todd Snyder is a New York, NY based men’s fashion brand that is inspired “by Savile Row craftsmanship, military tailoring, and a distinct New York sensibility.”

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Jockey International - Jockey International is a Kenosha, WI based company that aims “to satisfy the human need for comfort” by offering more than 600 styles of underwear and t-shirts.

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Lilly Pulitzer - Lilly Pulitzer is a King of Prussia, PA based fashion brand and retailer that is known for its over the top, colorful prints.

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Black Diamond Equipment - Black Diamond Equipment is a Salt Lake City, UT based company that is “all about climbing and skiing.”

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Resistol - Resistol is a Garland, TX based company that sells about a million hats a year, which makes them the largest headwear manufacturer in the world.

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No current job openings.

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Volcom - Volcom is a San Clemente, CA based “designer, marketer and distributor of premium quality young men’s and young women’s clothing, accessories and related products.”

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Kevia - Kevia is a Portland, OR based company that offers “handcrafted sustainable jewelry” that is inspired by the natural world.

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No current job openings.

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C. Wonder - NYC based C. Wonder offers "clothing, accessories and home decor products of outstanding quality and astonishing value in a setting that excites and inspires.”

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Fancy - Fancy is an NYC based company that allows you to "discover, collect and buy from a crowd-curated catalog of amazing goods, wonderful places and great stores."

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Trumaker - Trumaker is a San Francisco, CA based e-commerce and men's fashion upstart that makes “it easy to get shirts made just for you.”

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Kramerica Industries - Kramerica Industries is a New York, NY based energy, fashion, food, tourism, and housing conglomerate that is in the business of thinking up new ventures.

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No current job openings.

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PureWow - PureWow is based in NYC and offers a "free daily email for stylish women of substance, featuring the very best in culture, fashion, travel, tech & so much more!"

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Job TitleLocation
Director of FinanceNew York, NY
Graphic DesignerNew York, NY
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Lumi - Lumi is a Los Angeles, CA based company that has developed “a revolutionary photographic print process for textiles and natural materials.”

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Job TitleLocation
Accounting SpecialistSan Francisco, CA
Lead Back-End DeveloperLos Angeles, CA
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Glossybox - Glossybox is a New York, NY based company that offers subscription boxes with “exclusive cosmetic samples and perfume samples from the best makeup brands online.”

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Rue La La - Rue La La is a Boston, MA based e-commerce company that offers flash sales on "the best in women’s and men’s fashion, home, travel, kids, and more.”

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No current job openings.

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Everlane - Everlane is a LA and SF based “luxury clothing design and manufacturing company” that “aims to provide low-cost, high-quality goods by cutting out middlemen.”

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UNIQLO - UNIQLO is a Japanese brand that "has evolved from a chain of roadside stores to an international leader in style, quality, and fun.”

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Stitch Fix - Stitch Fix is a San Francisco, CA based company that is using strong curatorial talent to sell clothing and accessories to women.

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Job TitleLocation
Retail Operations AssociateSouth San Francisco, CA
Merchandise PlannerSan Francisco, CA
Afternoon/Evening Warehouse Operations AssociateSouth San Francisco, CA
FP&A Manager / Analyst - MerchandisingSan Francisco, CA
Marketing AnalystSan Francisco, CA
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MeUndies - Me Undies is a Beverly Hills, CA based company that offers “the world’s most comfortable underwear in all your favorite colors and styles.”

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Brand Strategy InternLos Angeles, CA
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Rent The Runway - Rent The Runway is a New York, NY based “community designed to fill the needs of women who know and love high fashion" but may only want to wear something once.

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ShoeDazzle - ShoeDazzle is a Santa Monica, CA based company that was built to feed women's shoe addictions without draining their pocketbooks.

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Job TitleLocation
Supply Chain InternEl Segundo, CA
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Pacific Sunwear - Pacific Sunwear is an Anaheim, CA based company “dedicated to embracing the amazing diversity and unique sense of adventure that California offers."

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Tailgate Clothing - Tailgate Clothing is a Ankeny, IA based company that is bringing fashion back to collegiate apparel and generating a ton of revenue at the same time.

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Alex and Ani - Alex and Ani is a Cranston, RI based company that “offers eco-friendly, positive energy products that adorn the body, enlighten the mind, and empower the spirit.”

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