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Design Student Placements Available- Calne


We always welcome enquiries from enthusiastic people wishing to gain experience in a busy design team.  If you are looking for a fashion or textiles industry short term unpaid placement we would love to hear from you.  Please send your CV to the link below.



Designer - Calne

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Designer to join our Mistral design team.

We are seeking a candidate who has considerable multi product experience to encompass a broad and diverse product range, knitwear knowledge would be beneficial as you will hit the ground running.

As a designer at Mistral you will be working to translate emerging trends into stories our customers will love and believe in, whilst continuing to build on the core she loves.

You will report into our Senior Designer and also work closely with our, Creative Director, Buying Team and Suppliers to create ranges that excite our Mistral customer.

You will be responsible for creating and designing innovative yet commercial on-trend multi-product womenswear alongside the Senior Designer.  

This is a fantastic opportunity to join the design team of a market leading lifestyle brand that offers colleagues great career progression!


Key responsibilities:

Strong interpretation of trends into commercial designs

Gathering & using relevant internal and external information to drive product and range development for the customer  

Developing the product strategy in conjunction with our Buyers and Merchandisers, which can then be translated into specific products for the collections

Ensuring Wholesale ranges and samples are ready on time

Following product development through from brief to production

Constantly developing the range with buying and our suppliers to ensure it evolves and continues to meet the needs of the customer

Responsible for producing specs by CAD

Ability to build independent colour stories that suit the brand

Coach and develop junior team members

Supplier and inspirational trips, both UK & overseas


Skills / experience required:

Technical knowledge of product is essential

Ability to produce full digital technical packs ready for factory use.

Strong communication, presentation, and advanced I.T and CAD skills using Illustrator, Photoshop 

Experience working with European, Indian and Far East factories/suppliers is preferential

 Ability to strongly interpret trends into designs/product for the Mistral customer

Ability to organise, prioritise and deal with change

Appetite for design influences and a strong eye for print and colour

Ability to work under own initiative and under pressure

Strong communication skills and the ability to communicate confidently at all levels

Attention to detail and a determination to produce work to the highest standard

Good teamwork and inter-personal skills

Working to & meeting key deadlines 

Market awareness, ability to research for directional and comparative trend and product direction. 

Passion for the Mistral brand and an understanding of its place in the lifestyle market 

Excellent verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate clearly, effectively and appropriately with colleagues, suppliers and others at all levels.

Garment Technologist (Part Time or Freelance) - Calne


We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Garment technologist to join our Mistral creative team.

We are looking for a candidate with a real thirst for lifestyle product and an appreciation for good quality, beautifully designed womenswear.

This role is a pivotal one within the business and requires someone with some solid experience working as a Garment Technologist as you will need to hit the ground running.

We require a conscientious individual who has worked with woven fabric and cut & sew knitwear/jersey. Experience in denim and outerwear would be an added advantage.


The Role:

The Role consists of but is not limited to:

Attend fit meeting alongside the Senior Designer and the buying team.

Measuring of all 1st samples and relaying fit comments to the factories.

Create and update critical paths for each season to ensure deadlines are met and goods are produced on time.

Liaising with overseas suppliers mostly via email and occasionally via telephone.

Setting up size specs – Using info already set up from design development specs and taking these through to bulk production.

Grading size specs - reviewing and confirming grading queries from suppliers.

Checking samples from first fit stage through to production and delivery.

Checking lab dips and bulk fabrics ensuring that they meet with colour standards - sending comments to suppliers.

Checking bulk strike offs for base fabrics and yarns, trims, prints, embellishments - sending comments to suppliers.

Reviewing and confirming labelling and ticketing for bulk orders. Reviewing and confirming packing for bulk deliveries.

Confirming factories have carried out required testing for bulk orders - test selection and also understanding and acting on results.

Inspection reports for bulk deliveries - reviewing and confirming results.

Occasional in-house bulk inspections.

Customer returns / complaints - advising. Analysing customer complaints and returns data and work with the relevant departments to take appropriate action.

Reviewing return levels each season and sending findings to suppliers where claims are being raised.

General Administration and filing of strike offs and samples.



At least 5 years’ experience working in the Fashion industry within garment technology role across different clothing products, yarns and fabrics.

Knitwear, woven and Jersey experience working with Europe, china and India.

Experience of using Microsoft Office, Excel and Outlook.

Flexibility, able to work as part of a team and a keen willingness to learn.

Excellent communication skills with both the external and internal teams across buying and design.

Ability to deal with change

Looking for a motivated individual with an excellent attention to detail and strong organisational skills who will thrive in a fast paced environment.

Buying Assistant - Calne

We have a very exciting opportunity for a talented individual to join our buying team in the role of buying assistant. The ideal candidate needs to be a strong support to the buyer, be highly motivated, organised and have a desire to drive the buying process from initialising orders to getting product into the stores. Management of tight deadlines and working under pressure are essential qualities. A strong interest in fashion is a must.

The role: 

Assist in all aspects of supplier management and correspondence, adhering to deadlines and managing the critical path process.

Manage and maintain supplier records including sample records.

Build a strong relationship with suppliers, liaising with suppliers on fit samples, lab dips, strike offs, bulk fabric, pre-production samples and shipment samples to ensure timely deliveries. 

Check and approve lab dips, strike offs and bulk fabrics with support of the buyer. 

Measure all samples, attending fit meetings and sending all fit comments to the suppliers and following this process through to delivery. You may be required to fit garments so we have a full understanding of the fits on various people. 

Quality control checks on stock received and to make buyer aware when they are any issues and suggest solutions. 

Analyse sales through our weekly bestseller reports and present these to the buying, design and senior management teams. 

Assist in the preparation of internal meetings including Weekly Sales Meetings, Product Selection, Sign-Off, Review meetings.

Gather, analyse and interpret product, market and customer information to establish UK trends alongside Buyer

Attend Mistral stores and competitor stores and produce regular store reports to assist the Buying team.

Keep the merchandising/buying team aware of any issues with deliveries and assist the buyer negotiate any cost price reductions due to these issues.  

Raise all wholesale PLUs in preparation for wholesale team

Prepare rough orders for the buyer. 

Raise purchase orders 

Liaise with suppliers on pricing 

Approve graded specs once the samples are fit approved. 

Other Ad hoc duties as and when required to meet the needs of the business.


The candidate:

Ideally the candidate will have a fashion or textile related degree 

Exceptional written and verbal skills

Proficient on Microsoft office including excel 

Be able to work successfully in a team and as an individual 

Able to work well under pressure, multitask and prioritise workloads for strict deadlines. 


Have outstanding organisational skills. 




Store Manager - Witney (New store opening)

As Store Manager you will have autonomy for your store and make key commercial decisions which will drive the presence and awareness of your store and the brand. You will demonstrate excellent people management skills and understand the importance of motivating your team to deliver exceptional levels of customer service whilst driving revenue.

Applicants need to be experienced in retail store management, love providing excellent customer service, be ambitious, hardworking and passionate about the brand. With a strong sense of fashion, you will be the inspiration behind the store's team.


A motivator and driver of people through effective leadership, and the development of the store's team.

Ability to plan, organise and delegate work among the store's team.

Able to cope under pressure.

You must be a strong team player as well as being target driven.

A champion of delivering exceptional customer service.

Continually reviewing and improving processes.

Support with Staff Performance Management.

Be ambitious, hardworking and passionate about the brand.

Utilising market knowledge to make informed commercial decisions - considering industry, local market and the changing needs of our customers.

Carry out stock management and store operation processes to help minimise risk and costs.

Ensure Company policies procedures and controls are followed.

To be successful in your application, you must demonstrate previous retail management experience working for a fashion brand where you have worked to targets & KPI's.


Senior Sales Assistants – Cirencester, Witney (40 hours - new store opening)

Reporting to the Store Manager, you will support them with the day-to-day running of our stores as a senior sales assistant.

Applicants need to be experienced in retail, ideally clothing, love providing excellent customer service, hardworking and enthusiastic about the brand.



A Champion of delivering exceptional customer service.

Exhibits a friendly, open and honest approach and demonstrates a willingness to help.

Ability to deal with customer enquiries professionally and effectively and communicate at all levels.

Assists with the execution of floor moves and promotions.

Ensure products are fully replenished and deliveries are processed onto the sales floor in a timely manner.

Confident in dealing with till point systems.

Be ambitious, hardworking and passionate about the brand.

Ensure Company policies, procedures and controls are followed

Key holder.


Proactive and sales driven.

Strong numeracy skills

Working knowledge of IT systems.

Hands on approach.



Sales Assistants

Stratford-Upon-Avon and Witney 

We're looking for sales assistants to join our NEW teams, hours flexible to include weekends.

Tetbury and Devizes

We're looking for a part time sales assistant to join our team, 8 hours per week to include weekends.


We're looking for a part time sales assistant to join our team, 6 hours per week to include weekends.


Casual Sales Assistants


We're looking for casual sales assistants to join our teams during busy periods, hours vary.


We're looking for casual sales assistants to join our teams during busy periods, hours vary.



Casual Warehouse Assistant


We're looking for a casual warehouse assistant to join our team during busy periods, hours vary.

To apply for any of the above roles please submit your CV online.