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Job role: Sample Developer
Location: London
Type: Full-time, Hybrid role, 2 days in the office


Our story began during a road trip in the 1990s, where our founders, Will and Andy, travelled across America collecting vintage items while living out of motels. They started purchasing vintage clothing in the USA and selling it wholesale, which eventually led to the creation of stores. From there, they began designing reworked vintage pieces, and thus, Motel was born.

Over 30 years and a team of 200+ people later, every piece of clothing we make is created with the same spirit of fun, freedom and adventure as the road trip that first defined the brand. We’re still ambitious and independent, but now we’re a global team - we work from an operational base in Worcester, a design studio in London and a creative studio in Bali.


As our Sample Developer, you’ll play a huge part in transferring our creative vision into every item of Motel clothing. You’ll work to create product samples that best reflect our desired vision for that garment, working with the accuracy and care that means we always deliver an accurate representation of each final clothing prototype.

You’ll also help manage the logistics of sample development, by liaising with internal and external stakeholders to ensure a smooth, cost-effective product development process that enables us to create beautiful items of clothing on-budget and on-time, every time.


  • Project managing all denim developments end-to-end and building this with the Buy team and CEO, whilst managing the design process and sign-off 
  • Own entire management of our UK factory from design handover to production
  • Attending sign-off meetings to discuss potential orders
  • Liaise with suppliers, action and update all fit comments to prepare garments ready for production
  • Monitor and track supplier capabilities for development capacity 
  • Be aware of DVL and production lead times - reduce any work being completed that will be too late 
  • Communicate key deadlines and movements with the Buy with marketing moments in mind
  • Run costings in conjunction with freight cost, including the weight of garments 
  • Updates range plan, retail pages, wholesale docs and development slides with key dates for both fast and range actions
  • Support wholesale trading following range shoots with product descriptions and key call outs of the styles
  • Sending range or fast samples to the Bali team


  • A degree in Fashion Design, Garment Technology, or similar academic qualifications or relevant experience 
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a sample/product development role
  • Strong technical knowledge with a passion for female fashion
  • Confident, organised, and detail-oriented
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Google platforms 
  • Experience with denim advantageous


  • Competitive salary in the line with industry benchmarking
  • 3% employer pension contribution, 5% employee contribution as standard
  • 33 days annual leave inclusive of bank holidays, with additional days for long service
  • Birthday day off
  • Team socials and meetups
  • Monthly well-being activities to support 
  • Tailored progression pathways
  • A thorough EAP scheme offering financial, legal and health support
  • Access to professional support & mentoring
  • Bonus Scheme for all employees, paid out twice a year
  • Motel 50% discount 
  • Motel is a growth mentality company


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