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We are a tight knit group that are deeply dedicated, motivated, and most importantly love what we do. We're often described as: Positive. Respectful. Accountable. Creative. Supportive. Outgoing. Ambitious. Loyal. Honest. Easygoing. Kind. Adaptable. Fun!



Head of Design - 15 month contract (maternity coverage)

As a Head of Design, you will play a pivotal role in creating feminine, flattering, and effortless styles, while ensuring our brand promise of product quality, great fits, timely delivery, and price are all being met. The Head of Design must have an equal balance of creative design skills, strong garment fit and construction knowledge and proven leadership ability with a highly organized mind set, with the ability to ensure all company-wide standards and critical deadlines are met.
Responsibilities
  • Collaborate with the CEO, Creative Director and Product Team to create Brand appropriate apparel designs that meet our brand promise, of Product Fit, Quality, Delivery and Price.
  • Create and lead design presentations from concept to approval to the Design team, Directors, CEO and Creative Director, including seasonal key trend research, design, and fit intent as well as price point and merchandising considerations for all monthly drops.
  • Lead design approvals and spec pass to ensure all product team deadlines are maintained.
  • Analyze sales reports, trend research and commodity overviews to ensure design viability.
  • Manage design team workload. Train, coach, and mentor design team.
  • Lead the design lifecycle including raw material and trim sourcing, graphic and color concepts, sketches, technical drawings, spec pass, sample fittings, and product review.
  • Develop, update, and maintain effective sketches, sewing sheets and spec packages.
  • Communicate needs and problem solve effectively with team and vendors to ensure product vision is properly executed while maintaining design aesthetic, price points, fit intent, and construction quality, meeting all companywide standards and critical deadlines.
  • Maintain organized digital files and records, sample library, and reference materials.
  • Improve development processes and systems, create solutions, and communicate across team

Qualifications

  • 5+ years of relevant Women’s apparel design experience working with offshore vendors.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Apparel design.
  • Advanced computer skills InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience with a design team.
  • Extensive design experience with apparel products; hands-on working knowledge of product development including trend research, sourcing, fabrications, presentations, construction, and garment fit for Knit, Woven, Fully Fashioned and Accessories.
  • Copes well with change; approaches obstacles proactively and looks for ways to resolve issues.
  • Excellent organizational skills. Ability to optimize processes to meet all deadlines.
  • Strong written & verbal communication skills including ability to work in a collaborative team environment. Demonstrated ability in effectively communicating with vendors.
  • Proven work ethic and a strong team player; meets deadlines, ability to multi-task and prioritize appropriately. Responsible, dependable, and consistent
Must be able to work from our Vancouver office. 
Please email your cover letter, resume and a link your portfolio to tara@gentlefawn.com with the subject line: "Design -  Head of Design - YOURFIRSTANDLASTNAME".
Only those applicants under consideration will be contacted.



Textile and Colour Designer 

As Textile and Colour Designer- Apparel, you play a pivotal role in creating and executing our seasonal print and colour stories. You will execute all colour and surface design processes, ensuring the quality of our product is maintained from concept to bulk production and meeting all company-wide standards and critical deadlines. You will have knowledge of textile print, embroidery, and weaving applications, experience working with factories, and ability to develop and execute production ready surface designs that align with our design aesthetic, while meeting all companywide standards and critical deadlines.

 

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Creative Director, CEO and Design team to research and create fresh and Brand appropriate colour and textile designs.
  • Design colour palettes, textile prints, woven artworks, applied graphics and sweater knit patterns that fit within the brands aesthetic and meet the required price points.
  • Work closely with the team to merchandise colour and print designs together with garment designs.
  • Prepare and lead colour and surface design presentations.
  • Manage the entire colour and surface design processes. Includes research, concept presentations, colour standards, colour and print names, spec creation and submission, lab dip/ strike off /handloom tracking and approval to bulk stage, ensuring all critical deadlines are met.
  • Maintain and update files and specifications from first strike-off and l/d through to final production goods.
  • Communicate needs and problem solve effectively with team and vendors to ensure artwork and colour are properly executed and approvals are delivered on time, while keeping design aesthetic, and meeting all companywide standards, including quality and critical deadlines.
  • Maintain organized records, file swatches and samples, and file reference materials.
  • Assist with other graphic related projects as time permits (e.g., Marketing projects, promotional materials, photo/catalogue edits etc.)

Qualifications

  • Minimum 4 years’ experience in textile surface design within the apparel industry.
  • Bachelor’s Degree specializing in Arts, Fashion and/or graphics.
  • Advanced knowledge of MAC platform, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign.
  • Strong aesthetic sense for fashion trends, colour & quality.
  • Experience with various printing, embroidery, and weaving techniques.
  • Proven ability to conceptualize, create, present, and execute print/graphic design for apparel products.
  • Excellent time management skills & deadline driven.
  • Strong ability to multitask and prioritize within an ever-changing environment.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability in communicating effectively with offshore vendors.
  • Cooperative nature; thrives in a collaborative team environment
Must be able to work from our Vancouver office. 
Please email your cover letter, resume and a link your portfolio to tara@gentlefawn.com with the subject line: "Design - Textile and Colour Designer - YOURFIRSTANDLASTNAME".
Only those applicants under consideration will be contacted.

 


Female Fit Model

Gentle Fawn is looking for a Female Fit model to join our team. This is a part time casual position, and the hours depend on the time of year. Hours must be FLEXIBLE and available during business hours 9:30am-5pm, Tuesday-Friday. Fit sessions usually last from 3-7 hours and approximately 1-3 days/week. This position requires you to provide feedback on fit, comfort and movement to assist our Designers and Product Developers in developing well-fitting styles that are appropriate for our customers.

IDEAL CANDIDATE
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time while maintaining good posture
  • Must be comfortable with fitting garments in front of a group of people.
  • Commenting on fit of garment from a customer’s point of view of comfort
  • Available for flexible working hours
Measurement Requirements standard size 4 (Small):
    • Height- 5'6” - 5'8"
    • Bust- 32C (34.5")
    • Actual Waist- 27.5”
    • Low Hip- 37.5"
    • Inseam: 31.5”
If you would like to apply for this position, please email: alisha@gentlefawn.com
      Please provide the following in your email
    1. A simple full-length photo (front, side, back view) in a tank top and leggings
    2. Your exact measurements for each area listed above
    3. Your availability from Tuesday-Friday.

    Design Assistant - Apparel

    As Design Assistant- Apparel, you play a supporting role in creating and executing our seasonal designs. You provide assistance to the design and sourcing teams to complete projects from creative concept to bulk production, while meeting all companywide standards and critical deadlines. You will have a keen interest in colour and surface design.

    Design Assistant responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    • Contributes to the complete design lifecycle: sourcing, concepts, sketches, colour and print work, presentations, approvals, merchandising, technical drawings, spec pass, construction diagrams, color, prototype fittings, sketch and spec updates, product review, and surface design feedback and approvals.
    • Manage and communicate all changes to internal and external teams as needed.
    • Assist with the creation & updates of technical CAD drawings, sewing sheets, images/photos, spec sheets and trackers.
    • Assist with maintaining accurate line plan information, including all fabric information, style number and name creation.
    • Assist with the colour process. Includes concept presentation, colour standards, colour names, lab dip tracking and approval to SMS stage.
    • Assist with the surface design process. Includes concept presentation, spec creation, strike off and handloom tracking and approval to SMS stage.
    • Manage & update physical and digital fabric, yarn, trim, colour and graphic libraries. 
    • Trouble shoot with both the team and the vendor, providing solutions for the best possible outcomes.
    • Develop simple process and systems that support status tracking and cross functional use. 

    Qualifications: 

    • 2+ years of relevant experience.
    • Degree or Diploma in Apparel Design.
    • Strong technical skills, strong understanding of garment construction & attention to detail.
    • Basic understanding of development and production processes in all categories – Knits and Wovens.
    • Demonstrated ability in effectively communicating with factories and vendors.
    • Strong team player who always works respectfully with staff, associates, and suppliers.
    • Meets deadlines, ability to multi-task and prioritizes appropriately, copes well with change, and maintains composure under pressure. Is accountable for results, approaches obstacles proactively and looks for ways to resolve problems and issues.
    • Excellent organizational skills. Ability to optimize processes in order to meet all deadlines.
    • Strong written & verbal communication skills including ability to work in a collaborative team environment in a positive and professional manner, respecting x-functional team accountabilities and requirements.
    • Proven work ethic- responsible, dependable and consistent.
    • Advanced computer skills InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.

    Must be able to work from our Vancouver office. Relocation assistance will not be provided.
    Please email your cover letter, resume and a link your portfolio to tara@gentlefawn.com with the subject line: "Design- Design Assistant - YOURFIRSTANDLASTNAME". Only those applicants under consideration will be contacted.