Design Studio Internship

Sealand Gear Assistant

Company name

Sealand Gear


Design Studio Internship

Closing date

23 July 2021 

Employment Period


3 month probation, total period 12 months. 

The Sealand Campus, Hout Bay

Contact person

Julia Bass -

Company description and background

History: Rooted in Cape Town’s southern peninsula where mountains and ocean so vividly connect, Sealand was born with a conviction of keeping the environment front and centre alongside inspired functional designs and longevity. Smart material selection, compelling functionality and product durability are all palpable features of what we make.  Our start-up team lives the Sealand brand with combined passions for business, for the wondrous outdoors, for life.  

Industry: Upcycled & Recycled Bags & Apparel

Our Purpose: Together, we are the creative minds and fabrication specialists behind Sealand Gear, bringing inspired design in upcycled material texture combinations from the drawing board to the rack. Sealand creates environmentally smart high-end Bags, Accessories and Apparel. We reuse the structural properties and textures of waste material in a new context while mitigating the generation of waste and promoting sustainability. We try to play our part for the environment and by supporting us you do too.

Our Organisational Structure: Startup up culture of a Managing Director and a Creative Director, followed by a group of Leaders that look after each department, namely Sales, Design, Retail, Marketing, Production, Stock & Finance. We then have a full studio crew that handmakes  all our products in house. 

Job description

We are looking for a passionate and confident individual with pattern making and CAD skills to assist in our design studio that will report directly to the Head Designer based in Hout Bay.

Areas for Growth

  • Bag / Gear design and engineering
  • Product Design
  • Apparel Design
  • Production Management  

Describe a typical day

  • Bi-Weekly meeting to plan the week’s tasks, agendas and reports.
  • Daily department check in.
  • Pattern Development, adaptation and refinement  
  • Duplicating & Digitisation Patterns
  • Interpreting drawings and instructions from the Head Designer into production ready patterns
  • Digital mockups / CADs for custom / corporate work
  • Brief custom / corporate orders into production
  • Complete Costings, Bill of Materials & Production Packs 
  • Assist with sample cutting
  • Research new suppliers for materials and trims
  • Assist with any task, big or small, to help ensure the smooth and successful completion of projects

Experience and/or Educational Requirements

The successful candidate must have/be:

  • Knowledge of pattern making - a relevant degree, diploma or course. 
  • Precise and detail orientated
  • An interest in production and manufacturing processes 
  • Adobe / Illustrator knowledge for CADs, Technical drawings and Digitising patterns
  • Basic Excel skills 
  • Time management 
  • Confident in communications
  • Proactive work ethic
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • A driven and positive team player
  • Creative problem solver
  • Great organisation 
  • Reliable, independent and trustworthy 
  • Have a passion for the natural and social environment 

Great to haves (an added bonus, but not required)

  • Knowledge and understanding of fashion and design trends
  • Branding / Graphic design skills 
  • Photography
  • Textile and materials knowledge 


  • Strong Environmental Focus
  • Family Oriented
  • People First

Employment Perks

  • Training & Development
  • Mentorship
  • A chance to create your own space and grow in this fast growing, fun and dynamic environment
  • Adding value to the design studio to ensure a strong working team
  • Opportunity to become permanent employee at Sealand