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  • Support Local

    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. 

    Thank You Notes

    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.

    DK Factory & Label

    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).

    Diane Kennedy Face Mask

    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. ❤️

  • Shipping in the time of COVID-19

    Published Apr 02 2020 in Behind the Scenes, customer service, fashion industry, Made in Canada, online shopping, personal service, social media, women in business

    Diane Kennedy Shipping Orders

    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. 

    Diane Kennedy COVID-19 Shipping Updates

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    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



    Diane Kennedy Signature

  • This week's Studio Shop amidst COVID-19

    Published Mar 19 2020 in appointment, Behind the Scenes, cleaning, customer service, customers, diane kennedy, fashion industry, local, Made in Canada, online shopping, personal service, personal shopping, Vancouver fashion, women in business

    During these most uncertain times, we have made the decision to move forward with our usual bi-weekly public Studio Shops. Our last one for this month will start tomorrow (Friday, March 20th) from 2-7pm and ends on Saturday (March 21st) from 11-5pm. We’d like to talk about this decision, and assure our guests that our space is a safe environment to shop in. 

    We appreciate the importance of social distancing at this time and we're very lucky that here at Diane Kennedy, we typically don’t have much close contact. Our Studio Shops are managed by 1-2 of our team and outside of our public Shop
    Days, our studio is only available via appointment. 

    Diane Kennedy Studio Door

    To that end, we have decided to open up for shopping amidst the current COVID-19 situation, because we are a small business. We remain a staple in your wardrobe, because you, our wonderful customers, take the time to support us. Your regular shopping mall retailer will receive hundreds of customers and be manned by over a dozen staff members on any given day. That is a lot of exposure, which is why we understand shutdowns, city-wide. However, for us, much of our business is done online, and only a limited number of guests will visit us, physically. That being said, we want to be able to offer our local customers the opportunity to try on our garments and be fitted professionally, while giving us another avenue to make our items available.  

    In our province (British Columbia), social gatherings of over 50 people have been canceled until further direction. Thankfully, our studio’s capacity is about 10 people at maximum, and we normally have under 5 guests at a time. This means our studio complies with this current regulation and there is more than enough room to keep your distance from others while shopping.

    Diane Kennedy Studio

    Of course, we maintain a high level of standards regarding hygiene and have our bathrooms equipped with locally-made hand soaps (by Barefoot Venus) for those wishing to use them. 

    We politely ask that if you or someone very close is ill, that you stay home and rest. We are always available online and should you have any questions about our garments, we are only a Facebook message or email away (info[at]dianekennedy.ca)!

    One more reason why we’d still like to open up shop? Spring is here! New Arrivals have been trickling in. As well as making them available online, we want any locals interested, to be able to try these new items on. Even during periods of seclusion, taking some time for yourself, dressing up for the day and treating yourself well can have a powerful impact on your mood. Positivity and self-care is so important at such a trying time for all.

    DK Spring Arrivals

    We hope that you'll join us this weekend 


     

  • As The Survey Turns...

    Published Feb 07 2020 in customer service, diane kennedy, fashion industry, inspiration, survey, tunics

    Thank you to everyone who completed the survey; we greatly appreciate your feedback. Although my Spring 2020 collection is currently in production, I'll do my best to include your ideas for future seasons. In fact, I'm working on the Fall 2020 season right now and hope to include some of your suggestions as I design.

    As for the survey, I'd like to touch on some of the more popular results as they stand, since I found them to be quite interesting. Perhaps you will, too!

    Pants On Fire

    There were many requests for a slim pant with pockets. You read my mind! This Spring, I will be releasing our Ignite Pant, which is exactly that; a slimmer fit with flat-to-the body pockets.

    Ingite Pant
    Pictured: Ignite Pant

    Petite Proposals

    As a petite person myself, I understand the demand for shorter tops and pants. I am glad to see that there were many comments for such pieces. While we do have a few bottoms available in petite sizing, I will definitely consider making more garments that can be worn by petites like shorter tops.

    Petite Serene Pant Petite Flex Pant
    Pictured: Petite Serene Pant & Petite Flex Pant

    Colourful Comments

    While I received requests for more colours in the warmer range (such as browns), we require a certain amount of demand, in order for us to order new colours from our Canadian Mills. We need to order 300 meters for each colour and as a small company it can be difficult to make use of that much yardage in colours that traditionally do not sell as well as the cooler tones. However I'm still choosing colours and putting the fall colour and fabric selection together. There is a potential for a wider assortment of colours in other fabrics like wool or cotton as well. I'll do my best!


    Crew on Deck...I mean neck.   


    We're releasing a new piece for Spring, called the "Tranquil Tunic". We hope that this pleases those who asked for more crew neck tops!

    We've also heard that more variation in collars and necklines would be nice and I think so, too. Thankfully, you'll be seeing a few of those in our upcoming collection, and I hope they'll be enjoyed as much as I enjoyed designing them. I'll continue to think creatively, as I design for Fall.

    Tranquil Tunic
    Pictured: Tranquil Tunic

    Skirting Around

    I haven't thought about it for years, but it seems like you have! I have some great ideas for skirts and am very happy to be designing one for the upcoming Fall season. 

    Thank you!

    I loved reading every one of your comments and it helps me design pieces that you'll love, so I'm very grateful for your input. 

    If you haven't had a chance yet, please feel free to take our survey. As thanks for taking the time, you'll receive a 20% discount code upon completing it :)

    Find it here -> https://forms.gle/wQU6Y7B7bF7mvqMz8

    Thank you again for your continued support,




  • Plus Size Labels; Who Needs Them?

    Published Oct 30 2019 in diane kennedy, fashion industry, plus size, plus size fit expert, Size

    We can spend our whole life avoiding labels, or living up to them and proving them wrong. When it comes to your clothing are they really that important? Many articles have been written about the use of the term "plus size". The feeling is that it is an outdated and marginalized term that tries to put larger women into a less exciting and frumpy box with dark colours and God forbid; horizontal stripes. The plus-size clothing industry has come such a long way and smart consumers expect the same quality and attention to fit and detail as anyone else. Why wouldn't we?

    Models wearing Diane Kennedy clothing

    Size Is Just a Number

    Both the models above are wearing the exact same size, but their bodies are different. Does it matter? What if we just forgot about that label. Let's concentrate on clothing companies that spend the time and effort making sure that what they make really fits properly and makes you feel fabulous. Plus is not a size but it's a definition of clothing sizes and that's really all it needs to be. In the clothing industry, garments are grouped into different sizing clusters like Missy, Petite, and Tall. Plus is just another range of numbers that literally corresponds to a group of sizes.

    "Fit, quality, comfort and feeling great in what you're wearing are way more important than the size on the label." ~ Diane Kennedy

    Designer Diane Kennedy's message is "Happiness is not size specific"
    The Illusion Tunic is coming back soon in colour Reign (above) and also Black and Teal

    Break The Rules!

    Fashion rules are made to be stretched and broken according to what rocks your world. Labels that we despise will always be around and one of the best things we can do is ignore them. It's best to not get hung up on the terminology. We aren't saying that a world where a size is just a number and a size 2 and a size 20 is marketed and sold exactly the same wouldn't be a wonderful dream. Until that happens the term "plus" can mean "more".

    Diane Kennedy models wearing the Jink Jumpsuit

    More Awesome! More Joy! More Love! More clothes, please!

    XOX Barb