Design Assistant, Men's - Toronto, Canada - Roots

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Toronto, Canada

1 month ago

Sophia Lee

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Roots is more than just an iconic Canadian retailer, we are a group of passionate employees who act with integrity, trust each other and do what is right.

We work in a space where people can grow and develop, with a team of people who own results and are dedicated to seeing Roots win.

We seek to build longstanding relationships with partners who share our commitment to maintaining high ethical standards of operation.

The Design Associate will assist the Senior Designer to execute all aspects of product development for their specialized category, as led by the Design Director, reporting to the Senior Designer.

This individual will be responsible to assist in creating seasonal Menswear and SMU collections, keeping within Roots brand vision, seasonal direction and market needs.


Creative Mindset:

Think imaginative with a desire to consider opportunity that effectively challenge the status quo. Demonstrates a forward thinking and exploratory approach to a challenge or problem, with a spirit of finding a solution.



Proactively assess situations, address conflicts, and take action as required without hesitation.


Strategic Alignment:

Able to align to the organization vision and purpose.


Professional Growth & Development:

Demonstrate a visible commitment to learning, growth and responsibility for the future.


Integrity & Trust:

Demonstrate respect, honesty and transparency in all interactions. Reliable and counted on honouring their words and actions.

The Assistant Designer of Menswear for Roots will be responsible for and evaluated on the following:

  • Use market and trend intelligence with an understanding of the current and historical business to assist the design of seasonal collections that are relevant to the customer and reflects our brand identity.
  • Create and Maintain design sketch files as per Roots design standards.
  • Create and Maintain seasonal Graphic Diplomas with all relevant information: Fabric, fit, reference style, makers and colourways.
  • Assist Designer in presenting seasonal collections showcasing silhouette, fabric, print, pattern, and color range, take detailed notes in seasonal product review meetings.
  • Action all revisions to sketch, tech pack and graphic diploma on product assigned to the assistant designer.
  • Assist Designer in fittings, maintain style tracking sheet of all styles in development, including trim submission sign off, strikeoff requests and SMS requests collaborating with Product Development team.
  • Work collaboratively with Graphics team to build seasonal graphic stories, update graphic diplomas with artwork numbers, sizing and grading
  • Work collaboratively cross departmentally on shared programs to ensure alignment
  • Consistently researching the marketplace, including our competitors, for inspirations and influences in product, fabric, innovation, colour, trims and price
  • Degree or Diploma in Fashion Design or related creative field.
  • Minimum of 12 years experience in apparel industry is preferred, work placements and cooperative placements will be considered.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office is essential
  • Experience in operating in PLM/PDM systems is not required but is preferred
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrate a passion for the Roots brand and a willingness to learn, innovate and think BIG.
  • Demonstrate an ability to take initiative to achieve department and company objectives

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