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Published May 22 2020 in Behind the Scenes, diane kennedy, eco friendly, environmentally friendly, fashion industry, garment manufacturing, inspiration, Made in Canada, shop local, Vancouver fashion, women in business
As we adjust to the "New Normal", we realize the importance of strengthening our economy through our local businesses and industries. When you wear a piece from us, we're proud to say that it is truly “Made In Canada”. There are so many ways our business supports other local businesses.
Along with our commitment to producing our line using eco-friendly, sustainable methods when possible, our mission statement has also always included using local vendors.
From our team to our agents, every step of Diane's process involves a Canadian, likely local, element. Through your support, we're able to design and produce more collections - thus, giving back to our economy, as we continue to work with our Canadian factories and suppliers. Everything from the boxes we ship with, our hangtags and labels, all our printed products, even the zippers we use are Made In Canada.
While our fabric comes from Montreal, most everything else involved is purchased locally. One of the things we're most proud of is that all our garments are manufactured from 3 local factories in Vancouver. We think it's wonderful that these factories offer supportive, flexible work environments for their employees, ensuring that they're able to take care of their families, while still being able to work.
Even down to our shipping methods, we're proud to support our Canadian shipping company, along with Canada Post.
In an effort to continue to be actively conscientious, we are pleased to release a collection of high-quality face masks. This is in response to an announcement by Canada's chief public health officer, Dr. Tam, recommending that we endeavour to wear these to help everyone stay safe. We hope offering these will help you feel safe (and stay stylish).
Our pledge to support the local community endeavors to show how much we value our home, as much as our garments. Thank you to you for making Diane Kennedy possible. ❤️
I came home from work today and told my son: "Mom's a little grumpy right now, you might not want to be around me."
My son says: "Mom, maybe you should buy some shoes" (True story)
All cheekiness aside, this weekend is Mother's Day, and as a mum myself, I am so proud of my wonderful son.
Scott just turned 25 this year and is in the 'forgotten' graduating class of 2020. He just completed his degree in computer engineering and it was straight into the workforce for him. In fact, he's already landed a full time job programming games at a local company.
Right now, I'm so thankful that his new job has him working from home and we're both grateful for that opportunity during this crazy time. It's not the quantity but the quality of time spent and I think it's so sweet he took some time to snap a few fun photos together, as a Mother's Day treat. 💓
I couldn't be more proud of him. And can't wait to see where he goes from here.
Tip of the hat in recognition
To all devoted women and mothers,
Your love, care, strength, and devotion
Knows no bound like earth's weather
Like the morning star you shine
And lit the path to life;
Like a great messiah you fine
Rest for the family you have.
The laughter of your children always
Excite you and fills you with joy.
Through thick and thin you always
Stick around to show your love;
You're an embodiment of life's greatest gift;
For you're twenty persons in one for us:
You're a teacher and a great therapist,
You're a doctor and a great nurse,
You're a chef and a great baker
You're a driver and a great instructor
You're a daughter and great mother
You're a guardian and a great protector
You're a supporter and great superwoman
You're a queen and a great matriarch
You're a homemaker and a great career woman
You're an archetype of motherhood and matriarch.
Whoever said: "Jack of all trades, master
Of none" has never met you, in your home;
Like the great Elephant matriarch You master
The best skills and route of motherhood
~ A B Faniki
💖Wishing everyone a wonderful Mother's Day💖
We've all had more time to reflect on what is most important in our lives; whether that be love, our businesses and careers, or simply the whole big picture in general. It may not be Thanksgiving just yet, but now is the perfect time to be grateful. Let's keep afloat with our blessings.
The number one thing I'm thankful for is my staff. This lovely bunch of people have helped me and our business through these challenging times - always doing so with a strong, positive attitude. They have generated so much content for our brand, making sure our wonderful customers never forget us.
(Photo below from our last staff lunch together in Feb 2020)
Thank you Logan, Tracy and Julia. ❤️
It just so happens that Logan's 7th work anniversary is coming up next week. I owe so much gratitude to him, with his longtime dedication to my two brands. He makes my (business) world go 'round with his fantastic photography, along with his bright and fun newsletters. He is a creative genius and Jack Of All Trades - always being there to solve ALL our problems from website issues to changing the water cooler bottle. 😊 He is not only a wonderful employee but a truly thoughtful and amazing human, as well.
Of course, I am so grateful to all of YOU, my customers that continue to support us. From simply liking and commenting on our social media, knowing that you see our posts is so helpful to us. Thank-you from the bottom of our hearts to all of you that are still placing orders. We appreciate every one of you!
Thank-you to those who provide our Essential Services; they are essential for a reason - without them, we would have no groceries, no pharmacies, no deliveries. I am so very grateful for the hard work of our Healthcare Workers. I cannot imagine the great sacrifice these selfless people must make, being separated from their families to save and protect the lives of others.
We are absolutely all in this together.
In the words of our very own Dr. Bonnie Henry: Be Calm, Be Kind, Be Safe
They say a woman is like tea - you won't know how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
Our designer, Diane, has been aptly proving this the last few weeks; working like a whirling dervish; singlehandedly overseeing all shipping, daily studio operations...
(Somehow she also finds time to write our wonderful customers Thank You notes!)
...and receiving new arrivals!
We're excited to add another selection to our Dress Collection, with our Waterfront Dress.
This beautiful cotton dress was designed with our customers in mind. Diane gave this look a more structured fit through the upper body and around the armhole, with a slightly extended shoulder - thus ensuring a smooth silhouette. Reminiscent of a shift dress, it gently comes in at the waist, while having a comfortable (not too tight) fit around the waistline. It finishes with a mid-calf length and a soft, modest V-neck.
Look forward to a variety of beautiful prints:
(Top left, clockwise: Ocean, Palm, Fable & Regency)
As you can see, fashion never stops! Diane, as well as all of us here at Diane Kennedy, are still carrying on. Rest assured, Diane still has new fashion up her sleeve this season, so stay tuned!
Thank you so much for your orders! We truly appreciate your support at this time and always.
The Team at Diane Kennedy
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