Technical Designer/Colourist

Technical Designer/Colourist

About Northern Reflections:

We are a high-powered women's apparel retailer operating stores across Canada. Our Head Office based in the Toronto area requires a talented Technical Designer to join our dynamic team. The candidate should have a solid technical design background with strong fit skills.


  • Create and maintain Technical Packs, specifying garment construction, trims, fabrics and measurements
  • Create detailed diagrams including digital pictures to explain corrections / construction details to the factories, record fit comments and garment measurements
  • Responsible for executing and maintaining consistent fit, grading, construction approvals and accurate garment specifications
  • Effectively communicate product comments to overseas and domestic partners within deadlines
  • Attends product development meetings and is responsible to determine all technical design related requirements. Works closely with Design and Buying Teams to maintain design and fit integrity of the product
  • Identify potential production, quality, costing and design issues and make appropriate recommendations
  • Review and analyse Lab test reports. Conduct in house wash tests communicating any concerns to management with recommendation for further action
  • Support Customer Service and stores with product related issues
  • Works closely with design/ merchants ensuring colour consistency across all commodities
  • Manages all lab dip approvals communicating to the vendor base accordingly while ensuring time lines are met


  • Diploma or specialized certificate in Fashion Design/Technical Design/Colour Theory
  • 2-3 years’ experience in apparel development; technical design/fit technician/pattern making/grading with reputed brand /retailer
  • Excellent knowledge of Garment construction, pattern making and grading
  • Colour theory background with a critical eye for colour matching
  • Strong computer skills with a proficiency in Excel, Outlook (Adobe illustrator skills an asset)
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written
  • Enjoy working in a team environment with strong attention to detail is a must
  • Ability to work independently, strong organizational skills to establish priorities and meet specific timelines