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  • Why buy our leggings?

    Published Mar 03 2022 in #bambooleggings, #bestleggings, #canadiandesigner, #madeincanada, #sustainablefashion

    plus size model wears blue bamboo Diane Kennedy leggings

    You might think that all bamboo leggings are pretty much the same. So what makes are ours different and worth the price? 

    ~ Firstly, our brand is completely made in Canada (not just designed by a company in Canada and made overseas).

    ~ Our exclusive Eco bamboo fabric is also made in Canada. You have peace of mind that the fabric that touches your skin is safe, healthy, and free from lead, heavy metals and random unknown carcinogens.

    ~ Each garment is ethically manufactured in beautiful Vancouver, BC Canada by local factories paying fair wages. (no sweatshops or child labour)

    plus size model wears rainforest green bamboo Diane Kennedy leggings
    Tried, tested, and true for over 15 years by the ladies who love and live in them. Our Rejuvenate leggings fit amazing! Known for enduring quality because they hold their shape and don’t bag out - even after years of wear. Thanks to our durable yet silky soft, matte, and opaque fabric that gives you a gentle hug of memory stretch. Designed to properly fit women with curves with a realistic rise.

    How important is your carbon footprint?

    Our Bamboo fabric is made in Canada and the dyes are not poured into our water supply or disposed of in a way that would harm the environment. Unfortunately in some countries, dumping chemicals from dying textiles is a daily occurrence:

    Experts warn of high levels of chemicals in clothes by some fast-fashion retailers that you should beware:

    Cost of Color: Textile Dyeing Industry is Slowly Killing Rivers in Asian Countries

     a plus size model wears amethyst purple bamboo leggings by Canadian designer Diane Kennedy

    It’s true, our leggings cost more but they’re worth every penny (even though we don’t have pennies in Canada anymore).

    Now you know why it feels so much better when we buy local.

     

     

  • 6 Easy Pieces - Packing Puzzle Solved!

    Published Feb 08 2022 in #bodypositive, #canadiandesigner, #canadianmade, #capsulewardrobe, #styleover50, #sustainablefashion

    Red haired model wearing a sailor blue outfit by designer Diane Kennedy
    Take it easy this season with a customized capsule wardrobe that streamlines your style as well as your suitcase. A single colour will lengthen your legs and add the illusion of height. Mix and match to make a modern travel wardrobe - with these on board you can relax and enjoy yourself. 

    6 piece capsule wardrobe We’ve taken care of planning the outfits that fit your curves and lifestyle so you can escape in effortless elegance. Start with comfortable layering pieces in a beautiful colour, then add structured items with interesting angles and texture for a new silhouette based on a timeless monochromatic look. 

    Red headed model wearing a sailor blue tunic and wide leg pant by Canadian designer Diane KennedyAdmiral - Is this your new blue? This uplifting shade compliments many complexions, lovely with all hair colours and can be styled with gold tone and/or silver jewelry equally well. Embrace the coastal vibe with this oceanic hue.

    A trio of outfits by designer Diane Kennedy made with her capsule wardrobe
    Easy does it; these new co-ordinates are designed to look great with your DK wardrobe basics. You’ll be put together in a flash. Save time wondering what to wear; feel free to add those accessories and go live it up! 

    love Diane 

     

     

  • Hello from the Park Office!

    Published May 07 2021 in #canadiandesigner, #madeincanada, #sustainablefashion, #womenownedbusiness

    It's Leah writing the blog this week and we've got updates for you! Diane and I thought you would like to know what's going on at this end of things.

    Canadian designer Diane Kennedy and sales agent Leah Tuttle

    We are operating at full steam ahead here; Diane has plenty in the works with the spring and summer styles all planned and the factories are working hard to deliver.  However, you may have noticed that our new styles are arriving a little slower than usual. We thought it was a good time to tell you why.

    As a small business that creates, designs, sews, and manufactures; all locally with fabric that is made in Canada; we are experiencing longer delays than usual. The factory that makes our bamboo fabric has raised their minimum orders and lengthened their production times. As a Canadian business relying completely on local support systems to operate ethically, it is taking longer to accomplish what is 'normal' here. Since the factories are not running at full capacity with less staff, there is a slightly longer wait time for the delivery of garments. 

    Pre-orders

    Many of you are waiting for a restock of our capri's in plus sizes, so we've added the option to pre-order the new arrivals in styles that are coming soon. We have beautiful new designs arriving as frequently as possible at this time. 

    Rhododendrons at Burnaby Art Gallery

    Meanwhile we've been out on location in among the flowers taking pics of the new styles. Often these outings include entertaining the inquisitive and friendly people who stroll on by and start a conversation with us. They will smile, comment, and often compliment our outfits and ask where they can get them. I'll introduce Diane (because she is humble) and their faces light up when we say that you're looking at the designer herself and this is fashion made locally in Canada. They'll ask for the website so they can see more. One man who spotted us asked, "Is this photo for Miss May?". How sweet.

    You'll have lots to get excited about this season!

    Stay safe,

    Leah

  • A Peek into Diane's Design Room

    Published Mar 11 2021 in #canadiandesigner, #designerfabric, #dianekennedy, #kaffefassett, #madeincanada, #naturalfibers

    Isn't it always fun to have a look behind the scenes, into places no one usually gets to see? I thought you might enjoy an unedited glimpse into what’s actually happening in my design room right now. I almost feel like I'm divulging my deepest secrets here!

    rough designer sketch of a jacket

    First off, I have especially chosen some lovely new Cami colours... to match the prints that will be coming out in our newest coat dress / jacket, which I'm calling "Joy"! While you might be used to seeing solid coloured fabrics in Diane Kennedy, I'm thrilled to combine my passion for beautiful printed cottons from my Cherry Velvet Dress line into DK now as well. The colours and prints are so cheerful, they always bring a smile to my face.

    kaffe fassett printsHere’s a look at the limited edition prints that will be released in my new "Joy" design. These jackets will coordinate beautifully with all your favourite Diane Kennedy layering pieces, like the Perfect Tee or the Clever Cami.

    rough designer sketch of a jacketSome time ago, a customer requested a jogging suit. I gave this idea some thought, and came up with a shorter zip jacket that could be worn casually, but stylish enough to be worn more dressed up as well this coming season. Look forward to our styling tips for this 'coming soon' item in upcoming posts!

    computer screen shoot of a pattern for a tunicAnd here is a little tease for you of a new tunic that I’m working on. What you see on this image is my design software, as it’s still in the creation phase, but I’m already excited for it! It’s going to have an asymmetrical neck and curved seams with extra 'wave' built into the the front panels.

    I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into the exciting things happening right now in my studio. Stay tuned for lovely new spring items coming soon!

     

  • How to Style Your Cape

    Published Feb 18 2021 in #Canadiandesigner, #capestyle, #fluevog, #howtodress, #styletips

    Styling yourself with a new look is super easy with an A Capella Cape. Here are 5 style tips showing how easily it blends with your existing DK wardrobe. We're calling these five completely unique looks Classic, Fun, Monochromatic, Transitional and Casual style.

    silver haired model wears a purple cape and outfit by designer Diane KennedyClassic Style: Your A Capella Cape makes a polished impression when paired with the Rhapsody Coat. Try this yourself by layering your cape over a longer printed tunic with leggings and a coordinating base layer that anchors the outfit with a harmonious colour. The Perfect Tee in Raisin matches both the Cape and Jacket perfectly.  Add a longer pendant necklace to complete your look.

    silver haired model wears a purple cape and outfit by designer Diane Kennedy
    Fun Style: Give yourself a pop of unexpected colour and instantly upgrade your style with the cape worn open over the Jet Set Jumpsuit or any all black outfit. We love the playful, carefree attitude of this easy jumpsuit with platform sneakers of a complimentary colour to tie this outfit together. Viola looks ready for anything!
    designer Diane Kennedy wears her raspberry cape and midnight purple outfit
    Monochromatic Style: Diane shows us her best tip for dressing as a Petite Plus woman. Your cape adds the punch of colour when styling yourself with a head to toe monochromatic colour to maximize the look of height and longer legs. Of course this trick works for anyone that would like a slimming and/or lengthening illusion.  She looks amazing in the Midnight Inquisitive Tunic, and her killer Fluevog boots match in colour to keep the long line going.

    model wears a Diane Kennedy outfit of the Evergreen Cape over a Pine Tempo Tunic and Black Pier Pants

    Transitional Style: It's too soon to go without a jacket so here's a way you can warm up your spring vibe. This modern look is balanced by adding the A Capella Cape worn open in a complementary colour to your top; keep cozy while adding interest and texture to your outfit. Shown here with the adaptable Pier Pants which are as cute with boots as they will be with a sandal in the spring.

    Leah Tuttle wears a Diane Kennedy Cape and Navy Tempo Tunic over jeans

    Casual Style: Punch up your casual look by adding an unexpected bloom of spring colour. Drape your cape over the Tempo Tunic in Navy with denim and you are ready to go. Perfect to ward off any chill while out on a stroll. There is only one left in several of our A Capella Cape colours so hurry if you want one!

    We hope you're having lots of fun twirling around in your capes too! Stay cozy!