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  • The BEST pants you'll ever wear

    Published Oct 23 2020 in #style over 50, best plus size pants, eco, Made in Canada

    It's Leah writing the blog this week, and I want to share with you why Diane's pants are the best pants you'll ever wear. 

    Did you know that Diane Kennedy's pants are the most reordered item we sell? Ladies buy two at a time and stores consistently restock the pants because their customers can't get enough. Recently Diane re-imagined her best selling Flex pant into a new version that includes pockets called the Spirit Pant, available in Regular, Plus and Petite sizes. Honestly, they fly off the shelves and it made me want to share a story with you about the importance of great fitting pants. 

    Leah Tuttle models the new Spirit Pant by Diane Kennedy

    Last week, a friend of mine splurged on a new pair of pants for work (not DK) and was complaining about how disappointed she was with the fit. After showing me what she was wearing (name brand label) we had a quick chat about the difference between pants made in Canada by a designer who ensures quality by overseeing production and imported mass manufactured garments. She was feeling ripped off and a little confused and appreciated the feedback so she won't be wasting her money in future. 

    I explained that the bottom line (pun intended) is what matters to these big labels and that means cutting costs wherever possible. Alternatively, the results are completely different when you buy a garment that has been meticulously tailored, measured and crafted with quality fabrics.

    How does this affect you?

    Diane's pants and leggings are made for your comfort. She is designing for curves and knows that our bodies have width, but also depth. If you turn sideways in a mirror you can see the curves that a garment must maneuver. Diane understands these proportions.

    Here is an example to show how different the average legging pattern (right) is compared with legging pattern (left) made by Diane. The average pattern is flat and made for a one dimensional result which will not work. Women are not flat.

    Diane Kennedy pant fitTo compare; Diane chooses to design with fabrics that are ethically made in Canada. You are wearing healthy, soft, breathable bamboo which moves with you. Waistbands are wide and contoured to always give you a smooth fit with no muffin top. Each garment is locally produced in Canada with love. Our customers claim this bamboo makes their legs feel energized and heavenly.

    You want all day comfort with movement, stretch with memory, breathable fabric and quality that lasts. This is why these are the most comfortable leggings and pants you will ever wear: Find your favourite pant or legging on our website now in sizes S-3X and we are sure you'll agree that these are the best pants you'll ever wear.

    We look forward to hearing your opinions on the fit, fabric and your experiences.

    Leah Tuttle 

  • Tips For A Sustainable Future

    Published Jul 10 2020 in Customer Appreciation, customers, diane kennedy, eco, eco friendly, environmentally friendly, ethical, Ethics, Fall Fashion, green living, inspiration, Made in Canada, sustainable, zero waste

    You may remember a recent blog, about a certain Well-Dressed Climate Scientist...

    Well, we were curious to hear more from her, so after a few friendly e-mails, we asked her how we can "do better" for our earth. And so, she was kind enough to share some of her tips on how we can all live a greener lifestyle and share the global responsibility we have in protecting our environment. Read on!

    “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
    - Maya Angelou

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    Photo provided by Dr. Kohfeld. Fall 2019. She is wearing our Perception Tunic & Heather Charcoal Cozy Coat

    If we could all do 3 simple things on a consistent basis to best reduce our impact on the environment, what would they be?

    Just three? 😊

    Ok...Here we go!

    1. Travel less, and use lower-impact forms of transport.

    We've seen with the COVID-19 lockdown that daily greenhouse gas emissions around the world decreased by 17% in early April 2020!

    This was in part because we weren't driving and flying. Many large cities around the world have been converting street space so that it can be used for pedestrians and cyclists, and there's a possibility that some of these changes could become permanent. 

    Imagine, as we move forward, that we continue to walk, bicycle and telecommute more often, rather than spending hours in our single-occupancy, gas-powered vehicles. We'd reduce our dependency on oil, reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, and we'd feel healthier, too.

    2. Change our consumption patterns.

    By now most of us have heard of "reduce, reuse, recycle," and now we can add "refuse" and "rot" (composting) to those. We have the information out there to become informed consumers, and we can refuse to buy things (plastics and single-use products) that contribute to environmental waste.

    Diane, you yourself have posted about how the fashion industry, for example, is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, but you've shown that it doesn't have to be. We can, to the best of our abilities and where possible, make informed choices.

    3. Vote for laws and policy makers who put sustainable environmental policies in place.

    We have the technology to transform our transportation and energy sectors in Canada, but truly battling climate change will require that we vote for system-wide policies and changes.

    Numbers 4, 5, and 6 would be to have difficult conversations with your friends and family so that they are aware; reduce your personal energy consumption; and reduce your reliance on meats and vegetables produced through industrial farming (i.e. buy local!)


    Thank you so much for this well-written advice, Dr. Kohfeld! We hope our readers are inspired and encouraged by your words 💚


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  • Dr. Karen Kohfeld - A Well-Dressed Climate Scientist

    Published Jun 19 2020 in ageless style, Beauty, body confidence, body positive, Customer Appreciation, customer service, diane kennedy, eco, eco friendly, Eco-friendly garments, inspiration, Made in Canada, personal service, personal shopping, shop local

    As a brand dedicated to producing garments as eco-friendly as possible, it's a blessing that we are based in one of the most sustainable cities in North America. It's no surprise that Vancouver is filled with people mindful of our environment and it's such a joy to discover our customers are among the like-minded. Recently, a long-time customer reached out to us to share some kind words about our clothes and introduced herself as a climate scientist. That certainly peaked our interest!

    Dr. Karen Kohfeld is a professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University. She sent us this little story:

    "...As you may know, I'm a regular Diane Kennedy customer and have worn your clothing at many talks that I have given in Montreal, Sweden, and Australia. They give me an extra boost of confidence when I need to stand in front of a large crowd.  I recently was honored with an award from Stockholm University, and they asked me for a professional headshot for the press release. I'm not particularly fond of being photographed, so I was in a bit of a pickle."

    I arrived with my recently self-trimmed COVID-19 hair cut and an entire wardrobe of Diane Kennedy clothing.  This clothing, plus a little bit of sand in my hands, put me at ease. Anyway, I wanted to thank you again for making me feel comfortable in my skin - this time in front of a camera!"


    We were so touched by her charming note, we wanted to hear more from her; so we sent her a few questions, which she graciously answered. She even sent along the aforementioned headshots, taken in the Fall!

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    Dr. Kohfeld is wearing our Perception Tunic & Heather Charcoal Cozy Coat

    We noticed you've been a customer with us since 2015! How did you find out about us?

    I bought my first item (a wonderful pair of bamboo cotton pants) from Bodacious boutique when they used to be on Main Street (well before 2015.) I still have and wear those pants! I rediscovered the DK line when a friend posted a picture in a beautiful Cherry Velvet dress. I went to the website and followed the link to Diane Kennedy. In fact, I first visited your studio down in Gastown before you moved to the Powell Street location. I love coming to the studio - such a great space, and it's usually a try-on party! Your staff and customers are so supportive, helpful, and honest (in a good way).

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    What's your favourite DK item?

    Ooooo. This is actually the hardest question! 🙂

    Right now I practically live in the Illustrate Tunic, which I have in two colors (soon to be three, I hope!), and a simple pair of Bamboo Leggings, which I usually wear under my Heather Charcoal Cozy Coat . Overall I just love the bamboo fabrics the most. They are designed to flatter curves, and they are sooo soft!

    ***

    We're so flattered - Thank you so much for your support! We absolutely love hearing from our customers, don't hesitate to drop us a line!


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  • How To Care For Your Bamboo Garments

    Published Aug 01 2019 in diane kennedy, eco, eco friendly, environmentally friendly, ethical, ethical fashion, shop local, shopping, silver models, style, sustainable, washing, zero waste

    Bamboo Garment Care

    If there's one thing that Diane Kennedy customers love about our garments, it's how effortless they are. Effortless to wear and care for, that is! Our signature bamboo fabrics are not only incredibly soft and comfortable, but they are also just as easy-breezy to maintain.

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    Washing / Drying

    We recommend machine washing our bamboo garments in cold water using a mild eco-friendly soap. After washing, we suggest laying flat or hanging to dry. It's ok to put them in the dryer for a few minutes to get some of the moisture out, but please be sure to hang them up right away afterwards. Our bamboo fabric can hold quite a bit of moisture due to its unique cellular properties. It's ok to hang tops and 'shorter items', but longer items like pants might need to be laid flat to dry to ensure no stretching occurs. For longer tunics and bottoms, draping over a rack best preserves the shape of our garments.

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    Packing for Travel

    You may already know that our garments travel exceptionally well. Our pieces fold so nicely & efficiently that it makes packing very easy; whether you're getting ready to take Diane Kennedy on a trip, or just switching over your closet's seasons. To minimize wrinkles, lay your garment flat, folding in the sleeves and hem (vertically, from top to bottom) into a rectangle, then simply roll up your garments starting from the neck. When you get to your destination, shake them out and hang them up, no ironing needed! Any wrinkles will fall out shortly.

    Find our newest Bamboo tops and bottoms in our New Arrivals section and visit our website to see our July Clearance items. There are plenty of great savings still to be had!

     

  • Why you should choose Natural Fibers

    Published May 03 2019 in bamboo, design, eco, eco friendly, environmentally friendly, ethical, ethical fashion, fabric, green living, local, Made in Canada, natural, nature, slow fashion, spring, sustainable

    There's always a story about the latest thing we shouldn't eat or product not to use. But as conscious consumers, we can't help but want to make the best choices. Now that microbeads (found in our toothpaste and beauty products) have been listed as a toxic substance (and already banned in the US), they've found an even more pervasive problem— fibers shedding from synthetic clothing. These microfibers get released in the clothes washer and make their way into our oceans. Washing just one synthetic fleece garment can release approximately 1.7 grams of microfibers with each wash. So choosing organic, sustainable and biodegradable fibers may be even more important than previously thought.

    New studies indicate that synthetics like polyester could be poisoning our lakes and oceans and therefore our food supply on a massive scale. Synthetic fibers have been found in the gastrointestinal tracts of fish! These tiny threads shed from fabrics could ultimately be of huge concern as they enter the food chain and have the potential to accumulate in the bodies of larger mammals. We, at the top of the food chain, are, of course, eating these fibers when we consume the fish.

    Microfibers

    Tiny fibers emitted from synthetic clothing when washed are entering our oceans and waterways at an alarming rate. 

    While this is a problem without an easy solution, if you're already a consumer of natural fibers, you're obviously doing the right thing. Aside from the many other obvious advantages of bamboo, it's 100% biodegradable. So once it's no longer wearable, in as little as a year, it will have decomposed back into the soil or ocean without the production of any pollutants.

    Choose bamboo and other natural fiber clothing over synthetics

    While very few fabrics and methods of dying fabrics can get a 100% clean bill of health, bamboo has many impressive ecological credentials. By nature bamboo as a plant is fast growing and requires no pesticides or additional fertilizers. Another key benefit of bamboo is that it requires one-third of the amount of water required to grow cotton. One of the other benefits is that, in comparison to an equivalent area of trees, bamboo takes in five times as much carbon dioxide and releases 35% more oxygen. One of the drawbacks of bamboo processing has been the chemicals used, but new mechanical methods of processing have been devised in where the crushed bamboo is treated with biological enzymes. This breaks the bamboo into a mushy mass and individual fibers are then combed out. Although expensive, this process is eco-friendly.

    While not the ultimate solution, every step helps. We're suggesting that you keep choosing the most natural products possible for inside and outside your body.

     

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