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  • Size Means Nothing, Fit Means Everything

    Published Apr 18 2019 in body positive, body shape, confidence, Everywoman, Made in Canada, Proper fit, Size, Size vs Fit, Unique

    Let's talk about the difference between size and fit

    It's time to realize that women, all of us, come in unique shapes and fit different sizes. We are all different and that's a good thing. Clothing companies are often criticized for not showing "real women" modelling their clothing. Understandably we would all love to be able to see clothing we are interested in on a body exactly like ours. Wouldn't that make things so easy?? Take a look at the women around you right now. Every single one of them is a different size, shape, height, and proportion. It's truly impossible to show every body type without creating an entire encyclopedia of women's bodies and show how a garment fits on every single one. Let's move on, shall we?

    The Woman In The Mirror

    Society needs no help when it comes to damaging women's self-esteem regarding body image. There's a lot we can do to change this! Meet the woman in the mirror with a smile. Tell her she looks beautiful, adorable, cute, sexy, and amazing! At the end of the day when it's just you and the mirror, a choice is made about the words used to describe ourselves, to ourselves. Cut yourself some slack and give some words of encouragement and love to that amazing creature looking back at you. It's time to think about your clothing size like you think about your shoe size. It's just a number that corresponds to the length of your feet. Why not?

      All About The Fit

    When you put on your clothes and they fit right, you know it. It's not just about having it go over your body or being able to do up a zipper or a button. It's about pants and sleeves that are the correct length. It's about armholes that don't gap and the way a garment flows over your body. It's about finding the right width of pant leg that really fits and flatters your body and makes your legs look amazing! When your clothes fit properly you look and feel like you can take on the world. Most of all it's not about waiting until you're the size you want to be, it's about looking and feeling your best Right Now! Give yourself that gift!

    Warm Regards,

    Barb

     

     

  • Diane Kennedy: Proudly Local

    Published Apr 11 2019 in

    Industrial sewing machine close up

    Every aspect of our design, production and garment manufacturing occurs in Canada. Our factories are all local to us, one is literally within waving distance of our Vancouver office. Making the decision to keep our labour here means that we can personally monitor all our production.  This is something that's very important to us as well as the knowledge that no one will ever be exploited while making our clothing. 

    Garment Factory in Vancouver BC

    Vancouver prides itself on being an eco-friendly city and it gives us great pride to be able to contribute to that mission. On top of that, we can happily say that Diane Kennedy reflects quality in both finished product and the employment standards that Canada is known for. Simply put, our ethical manufacturing methods and uncompromising quality make Diane Kennedy an easy choice for those of us who are concerned about our community and our planet.

    Close up of sewing machine at a Vancouver BC garment factory

    Close up of sewing machine at a Vancouver garment factory

    One of the best things about the Diane Kennedy clothing line has got to be our beautiful soft Bamboo fabric. We are proud to say we source about 85% of our fabric from a Montreal-based textile mill. That's right, our fabric is made right here in Canada too.

    Close up of the label on a Diane Kennedy garment

    We do our very best to match the high quality of our fabric and garments with excellent customer service. We are well aware that without happy customers nothing else really matters. We encourage our customers to call us any time they have questions about sizing, colours, fit and anything else they may want to know. When you call the Diane Kennedy office the phone is answered by a real person who wants to help. We want to hear from you and are very interested in hearing your ideas and opinions. Really!

    We are also happy to welcome customers into our studio for private shopping appointments Monday to Friday between 10 am and 4 pm. Give us a call or drop us a line if you are interested in making an appointment for a private shopping experience.

    If you are in the Vancouver area this Friday and Saturday we would love to see you at our Studio Shop! There is no need for an appointment on our shopping weekends. 

    Join us this Fri, Apr 12, 2pm-7pm and Sat, Apr 13, 11am-5pm 
    @ 1635 Powell St. Vancouver, BC (Free parking is available)

     

     

     

     

  • Keep Cool in Capris

    Published Apr 05 2019 in capris, design, ethical, fabric, fashion, local, Made in Canada, Preview, spring, Spring 2019, spring looks

    What do you do when the going gets hot? Maybe shorts don't really work for you? Everybody needs a hot weather option to get them through the dog days of summer. That's where the cool comfort of our beloved Capri comes in.

    Model wear Diane Kennedy clothing designs ethically made from Bamboo

    From the widest leg to our slimmest leg, there's a Capri here for every body.

    Casting Capri

    Based on our Serene Pant, this Capri has a wider leg for anyone that has a preference for a wide, flowy leg. Designed to perfectly complement any of your warm-weather tops or jackets. Black and white stripes give this Capri a modern graphic look.  The Casting Capri can be dressed up or down to suit your needs. We want you to be cool and comfortable from top to bottom this Summer!

    Flight Capri

     

    If you love our Flex Pant, you are in luck! The Flight Capri fits just like our Flex Pant but with flat to the body pockets. These capris aren't tight on the leg but cut just right to give ease of movement and a more relaxed fit.

    Motion Capri

    This design started out as a unique sleeve.  We were fooling around with a twisted detail and it found its way into the leg of our Motion Capri.  With our signature smooth waistband, it fits just like all our classic pants. It also features handy, flat to the body pockets, a mid-calf length and the openwork detail at the hem.

    Cafe Legging

    Our classic Capri tights are back! They're a 3/4 length and a great warm weather bottom you can live in all summer. If you like our Rejuvenate Leggings you will love these shorter tights. The perfect thing to wear under a flowy tunic.

    Uptown Capri

    Coming soon are the Uptown capris with a wider leg and fun, asymmetrical pockets on the leg. Stay tuned for this new style by Diane Kennedy!

    Capri-length bottoms made from softest bamboo can be found in our online shop here.

    Visit us at our next Studio Shop to see everything in person. We’re open for shopping Friday, April 12th from 2-7 and Saturday, April 13th from 11-5 @ 1635 Powell Street, Vancouver B.C.

    XOX Barb

  • Personal Shopping Appointments

    Published Mar 28 2019 in

    We have a little secret!

    Did you know you can shop (by appointment) in our showroom which has the best selection of Diane Kennedy, soft bamboo, and natural fiber clothes, anywhere? Our items come in regular sizes and plus sizes from small to 3X.

    Shopping at Diane Kennedy Studios in Vancouver by appointment

    While shopping at our showroom is informal, we differ from regular stores by providing you with a completely private and personalized shopping experience. With our showroom all to yourself, you're welcome to try on as many items as you like with assistance from our experienced staff and/or our designer, Diane. There's absolutely no obligation to make a purchase...we want you to feel completely comfortable! Feel free to bring along any family or friends who might also be interested in what our customers describe as "the comfiest clothing in the city".

    Want to know another secret? We also have your dress needs covered with our other brand, Cherry Velvet: Gorgeous cotton dresses also available in regular and plus sizes. If you like to wear dresses, or maybe you have a special occasion coming up, we have an amazing assortment to try on here in our showroom. It's completely up to you which brand(s) you'd like to shop! Most of us need a dress once in a while though, right? We've got you covered!

    To set up an appointment, please send us an e-mail to info@dianekennedy.ca or call: 604-683-9279 (local to Vancouver) toll-free 1-877-994-9977

    Location: 1635 Powell Street, Vancouver BC Canada (fully wheelchair accessible)

    Availability: Monday to Friday 10-4 (for an appointment)

    Parking: Turn North onto Woodland Drive into the parking lot right beside the Flag Shop. Street parking is also available. (please check the signs as street parking is not available during rush hour)

    Shopping at Diane Kennedy Studios in Vancouver by appointment 

    Shopping Weekends!

    If you just can't make it for a weekday appointment, we regularly open once a month on a Friday from 2 - 7pm and a Saturday from 11am - 5pm. To find out about when we're open, please join our mailing list here.

    We just happen to be having one this weekend:

    Friday April 12, 2019 from 2-7

    Saturday April 13, 2019 from 11-5

    Hope to see you soon!

  • Tummy Loving Tunics

    Published Mar 22 2019 in bamboo, tunics, vests

    Diane Kennedy Evidence Tunic in Bamboo Stripes and Dots

    Do you love your tummy?

    Chances are you have mixed feelings about this particular body part. A lot of people carry their weight in the tummy area, that's just a fact. And while we aren't going to tell you to break out the crop top and show the world how much you love your belly, we do have some great pieces that will make you look amazing and feel confident that your tummy isn't the first thing you notice when you look in the mirror. Bring on the Tunic!

    Diane Kennedy Bamboo Tunics

    What makes a tunic so special?

    Our tunics are designed to accentuate the curves you love and skim and flow over your tummy area. Our Bamboo fabric is unbelievably soft. It has a silky, smooth feel and luxurious drape that glides over your body. An extra bit of "swing" is factored into the stomach area to create an easy flowing silhouette and added comfort. This additional care is taken in the design of all our tops, not just tunics but jackets and vests, too. And yes, they are all designed to be layered and work together.

    Invest in a Vest?

    Diane Kennedy Bamboo Recharge Vest

    Our Recharge Vest is a perfect example of a well thought out design that makes layering so easy. This vest pairs perfectly with tunics and tops of all sleeve lengths. A one button design and a box pleat in the back make for an easy fit and a flattering drape in the midsection. Why not try a vest? It adds so much interest and fun weather worn over a tunic, a tee shirt, or a blouse.

    Love It All!

    We want to be able to love all of our body parts, even the ones that we are taught to hate. This is one of the steps to living a proud, confident, self-loving life. When we wear clothing that fits just right, accentuate the areas we choose and flatter the areas that challenge us it becomes just a little easier to see the whole picture and be our best selves.

    Be kind to yourself!

    Love Barb