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Published Jun 12 2020 in diane kennedy, eco friendly, environmentally friendly, ethical fashion, fashion, happy, Made in Canada, Mystery Bags, online shopping, shop local, shopping, slow fashion, Special Offer
A mystery most stylish is afoot at Diane Kennedy - So we're packing our bags! (in more ways than one...)
Come the end of June, our East Vancouver doors will close and our operations will be moving to New Westminster. More details on this to come; for the latest update, we invite you to sign up for our newsletter (which will give you 15% off your first purchase!)
In the meantime, starting today, we are offering something we've never done before...
Diane is filling a limited number of "bags", with some of her favourite pieces - You'll find one-of-a-kind looks, along with a variety of samples. In fact, many of these items have never been available online! Due to size availability, at this time, we will be offering these in size Small, Medium, Large, and X-large only here.
Whether you're one of our regular customers or have been wanting to try our signature bamboo styles, this is the perfect opportunity to treat yourself or someone else to a little surprise.
Just a peek of some of the pieces you may find...
For a limited time, we're offering 5 items per bag with a regular retail value of at least $650 for $100 plus free shipping! All are Made in Canada at our local factories.
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...
Please take a moment and educate yourself about Ovarian Cancer. I know so many women whose lives have been touched by it. It's known as the Silent Killer because most women never even realize they have it until it's too late. The very best defence against Ovarian Cancer is early detection.
It's important to me to spread awareness, as not only did I lose my Mom at a very early age, but my Sister-in-law as well. You may have heard the story of one of my models, Elly Mayday, who at 25 years old was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. Sadly Elly lost her battle earlier this year at the age of 30. Since then I have known several friends and acquaintances as well as an employee that had had ovarian tumours.
There is no one specific symptom for Ovarian cancer and these symptoms are generally vague, often attributed to other things and thus overlooked.
Please take a moment to share this information with all the important women in your life so that they’ll be aware too.
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.
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.
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.
Do you know who made your clothes? Much of the global fashion industry desperately needs change. We're suggesting becoming more aware of how your spending habits affect people and our planet.
In this day and age with our delicate global climate, there are 3 questions we should all be asking about the clothing we buy. We are not afraid to answer these questions and hope it will make you feel good about the purchases you make with us.
1. Who Made Your Clothes?
Diane Kennedy clothing employs Canadians at every step of the manufacturing process. Designs and patterns are all developed at our Diane Kennedy Studio and manufactured close by in Vancouver B.C. We regularly visit our factories and have a personal, face to face relationship with them. Diane can attest to the fact that the garment workers have safe work conditions to high Canadian standards and are paid fair wages.
*Worldwide 1 in 6 people works in the apparel industry. Over 80% of these people are women; 98% do not receive a living wage.
2. Where Are Your Clothes Made?
Canadian Made and proud of it! The factories we use for production are all local to us, some just steps from our door in Vancouver B.C. Canada.
We're also able to produce in small batches, which means producing to demand, and a more sustainable business model. Our carbon footprint is lower because everything is made in Canada and shipped within North America. No containers on ships crossing the Pacific needed.
*In 1989 70% of clothing worn in Canada was made in Canada, today it's less than 5%. Trade barriers introduced in 2003 have moved much of the manufacturing of apparel overseas.
3. What Are Your Clothes Made Of?
Diane Kennedy's super soft knit is made from Certified Organic bamboo fibers. Without assistance from man, bamboo is grown 100% naturally. A highly sustainable crop, bamboo does not require the use of pesticides and herbicides for crop production. Plantations can easily be kept organic as a result. Did you know bamboo produces 35% more oxygen than trees per the same amount of space? Additionally, as the plant is flood and drought resistant, water irrigation is not necessary for production. Bamboo is easily biodegradable and decomposes very rapidly back into the soil.
*The percentage of Polyester clothing being manufactured overseas has far surpassed clothing made with any natural fibers since 2009. Made from fossil fuels, polyester is extremely energy intensive to produce. It creates microplastics in our oceans and does not degrade or break down. Likewise, every piece of polyester clothing ever made is still around.
When you make a choice to purchase from us it means so much more. You are supporting a company that cares about people. You are choosing to consider the people who made your clothes. Furthermore, you are choosing a quality garment that is easy on the environment and will last for many years.
Thanks for being our customer!