Research & Development Assistant

Location: Marina del Rey, CA

Department: Research and Development

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Entry Level


This role supports the James Perse Research and Brand Curator and Product Development (Home) team to source and develop material and content supporting new initiatives (e.g., store openings, new products, special projects).  The R&D Assistant must be highly creative, organized, and self-motivated, with a sophisticated taste level and ability to grasp and articulate the brand through visual, copy, and other content as directed.  This entry level role is an opportunity for a student or recent graduate to gain experience in brand ideation, project management, and product development, while honing graphic design and/or interior design skills.


  • Helps to develop inspiration boards for new stores, new products, photoshoots, and other new concepts
  • Conducts research into new materials and vendors
  • Organizes and maintains files , sample libraries, and book library
  • Follows up on deliveries
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task, problem-solve, and effectively communicate in a challenging, fast-paced environment
  • Manages time and completes tasks without constant supervision or reminder
  • Must be proficient in Excel, Word, Illustrator, Photoshop, In Design, Outlook.  Experience with Google Sketchup, Enterprise Resource Software, and Retail point of sale systems a plus, but not required. 


  • Working toward or possesses a BA or graduate degree in graphic design, interior design, or similar creative field or equivalent experience

JAMES PERSE was founded over 20 years ago in Los Angeles, California by its eponymous designer. James’ signature design philosophy and aesthetic – the pairing of elegance and sophistication with simplicity and comfort – is borne from his passion for minimalist architecture and (as a Los Angeles native) his intimate familiarity with west coast indoor / outdoor living and the casual clothing inspired by it. This approach has been applied to each step in developing the JAMES PERSE brand, which has become synonymous with Southern California life and style.

At the Company’s inception, James’ mission was to bring an elevated look and feel to unique baseball caps and basic tees. Two decades later, the Company has expanded to producing full lines of its famously soft and meticulously constructed modern classics for men and women, as well as home furnishings, accessories, and limited edition goods.  Our collections are sold in over 40 JAMES PERSE boutiques, as well as in fine department and specialty stores around the world.

Our employees are smart, creative, passionate, and service-driven individuals who meet the same superior standards we set for our products. We embrace talented people with diverse backgrounds and experiences, and support policies and practices that prohibit discrimination against any person because of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

JAMES PERSE offers competitive benefits packages, including health, dental, and vision insurance, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, an employee assistance program, paid vacation, paid sick time, a retirement savings plan with company match, and a generous employee discount.

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