Published Apr 02 2020 in
Due to the unforeseen challenges affecting us all, and in an effort adhere to social distancing, we recently made the decision to close up our physical location for now. We will not be holding any further studio shops or scheduling studio appointments. That being said, our online shop is still running and New Arrivals will be released, as they come in. For the most current info, please follow our social media channels.
Should you have any questions about any items on our website, please don't hesitate to message us on Facebook or by e-mail (info [at]dianekennedy[dot]ca). We are always happy to help.
💓At this time, while our staff is staying safe at home, Diane is personally manning the office and all the shipping to ensure you receive the same service from our end, as you would expect. Keep safe everyone and thank-you for your continuing support of our small business. 💓 #standwithsmall
We thought you might enjoy seeing something we've never shown you before...our original Spring catalogue. It's not normally something we do. Because we release it so far in advance, things get deleted or changed. It's the catalog we create to show our retail stores so they can make their buying decisions.
Please understand that some of these designs, ultimately, may not get produced. Additions are made too, like for example, the Mandala Print in our Sightsee Shirt, along with the Regency print on the Waterfront Dress featured on Page 7. You can see below how well these prints go together!
Currently, our local factories are still in production for this year's Spring collection, despite these difficult times. Our factories do not have the option of working from home, unfortunately. Although mindful of social distancing standards, Diane remarked that on her most recent visit to one of our factories, they took care to check her temperature prior to entering the facility. We're so glad that they're taking the necessary precautions to keep their workers safe.
So here's your inside look at how Diane originally designed her Spring collection. We always love feedback and comments, so share and share alike :)
We hope you enjoy this "Virtual Fashion Show" in your own home and sincerely wish everyone safety and good health.
...without further ado...
Published Mar 19 2020 in
During these most uncertain times, we have made the decision to move forward with our usual bi-weekly public Studio Shops. Our last one for this month will start tomorrow (Friday, March 20th) from 2-7pm and ends on Saturday (March 21st) from 11-5pm. We’d like to talk about this decision, and assure our guests that our space is a safe environment to shop in.
We appreciate the importance of social distancing at this time and we're very lucky that here at Diane Kennedy, we typically don’t have much close contact. Our Studio Shops are managed by 1-2 of our team and outside of our public Shop
Days, our studio is only available via appointment.
To that end, we have decided to open up for shopping amidst the current COVID-19 situation, because we are a small business. We remain a staple in your wardrobe, because you, our wonderful customers, take the time to support us. Your regular shopping mall retailer will receive hundreds of customers and be manned by over a dozen staff members on any given day. That is a lot of exposure, which is why we understand shutdowns, city-wide. However, for us, much of our business is done online, and only a limited number of guests will visit us, physically. That being said, we want to be able to offer our local customers the opportunity to try on our garments and be fitted professionally, while giving us another avenue to make our items available.
In our province (British Columbia), social gatherings of over 50 people have been canceled until further direction. Thankfully, our studio’s capacity is about 10 people at maximum, and we normally have under 5 guests at a time. This means our studio complies with this current regulation and there is more than enough room to keep your distance from others while shopping.
Of course, we maintain a high level of standards regarding hygiene and have our bathrooms equipped with locally-made hand soaps (by Barefoot Venus) for those wishing to use them.
We politely ask that if you or someone very close is ill, that you stay home and rest. We are always available online and should you have any questions about our garments, we are only a Facebook message or email away (info[at]dianekennedy.ca)!
One more reason why we’d still like to open up shop? Spring is here! New Arrivals have been trickling in. As well as making them available online, we want any locals interested, to be able to try these new items on. Even during periods of seclusion, taking some time for yourself, dressing up for the day and treating yourself well can have a powerful impact on your mood. Positivity and self-care is so important at such a trying time for all.
We hope that you'll join us this weekend ♡
Published Mar 06 2020 in
Twice a year, Diane designs a collection and we create a catalogue to show the designs to our retailers. While most of those designs make it to production - every season a few, unfortunately, don't make the cut. While we can’t make them all, we thought it might be neat to show you a few looks that did not get made last season.
Our DK customers are able to see and order the same items that our retailers do. It's quite interesting that although we assume the retailers are ordering our most popular items; In reality, we believe that they often order the 'safe' options (to some degree). This means that our more unique designs often do not end up getting produced.
That being said, it’s ultimately the designer’s decision and if Diane loves a particular design, she’ll occasionally take a leap of faith and manufacture it, anyway.
Take our "Soho Tunic", for example (pictured below). Although there were not many retailer requests for it, Diane loved the design very much and went ahead and had some produced. They ended up being a hit and sold out quickly!
As many of our DK customers can attest, Diane is very fond of asymmetrical designs and will often put at least one or two such items in her collections, such as this eye catching “Atelier Jacket”.
Furthermore, while not everyone would dare to wear an entire striped suit like this:
Diane dares to stand out and loved these vertical striped garments as individual items. She notes:
“I would wear the striped pants with a solid black top and obviously the striped jacket over a black or white outfit.”
Alas, if the time runs out (despite demand), a great item just never gets made. Take for example, our fabulous “Focus Fleece”:
Fortunately, some items do make the cut for later seasons and we’re so pleased that we have the chance to release another run of our "Screen Playsuit" (in Black) for Spring 2020.
If you’re curious, we’ll have a few of these samples available on our Sample Rack during our Studio Shop this week, Friday (March 6th) from 2-7pm & Saturday (March 7th) from 11-5pm.
We hope you enjoyed this little peek at these “lost” designs and we look forward to seeing you at our Studio Shop!
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass. - Desiderata, Max Ehrmann
Here at Diane Kennedy, I have an amazing team and have been lucky enough to watch two of our members go from coworkers to a couple, within months, and stay happily in love. It's been so sweet to watch!
Enter Logan - Our Art Director, Photographer and all around Jack of All Trades, and Tracy - Our Client Services Support, Marketing Assistant and all around Jill of All Trades.
When Tracy started in August 2015, she brought with her a positive, creative force of energy that echoed what Logan brought to DK when he started here in 2013. Working so closely together, it was only a matter of time before Cupid shot his arrow.
Tracy wears her favourite DK item, The Screen Playsuit
As they worked closely together, they learned that they shared many common interests - like graphic design and photography. Both driven and motivated, they came together as a creative team and by Feb.1, 2016, they ended up being a loving team in their personal lives, too.
Tracy is wearing The Poet Shirt
4 years and many photoshoots later, Logan and Tracy continue to be as dedicated to their work life as they are to their personal lives together. They feel so blessed to get the chance to work together every day. Spending your work life and personal space may not be for everyone, but these two lovebirds bring a warmth and joy that has always been a part of our brand. It's a great feeling to know I work with people who really love their jobs and each other.