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  • 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

    Karen Kohfeld
    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!

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    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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  • In Support of Anti-Racism & BLM

    Published Jun 05 2020 in Anti-Racism, Black Lives Matter, ethical, Ethics, inspiration, local, Opinion, plus, shop local, women in business

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    Out of respect and solidarity, we would like to use our public platform to reaffirm our values and share our support for the Anti-Racism movement.

    Diane Kennedy is an inclusive company, not only dedicated to endorsing the rights and respect of women and all sizes including plus size, but also respecting people of all ethnicities, cultures, and faiths. We recognize Canada as a cultural mosaic and we appreciate everyone's contributions to our local community.

     Jihan Amer models for Diane Kennedy

    Diversity is fundamental to ensuring the strength of our communities and we are grateful for its part in building a safe place to call home.

    As the world recognizes this significant, pivotal moment in Black History, we offer our humble support by sharing a few links related to the Black Lives Matter Movement. We hope these links will be valuable to our readers; whether you wish for more information, want to help but may not know where to start, or know anyone who may be in need of these resources.

    It is important to think critically. Our words and actions, no matter how small, have more meaning than we can imagine. This goes both ways. They not only represent us but contribute to our society as a whole. Even the smallest pebble will ripple across a lake. We believe there are many routes toward change, and one of them is education. This is the only way we can unravel the harmful values deeply rooted in our society.

    A Day In The Life: How Racism Impacts Families of Colour

    Ways You Can Help :: Black Lives Matter

    Black Women In Motion

    The Black Health Alliance of Canada

    The Black Legal Action Centre

    We encourage you to take a look at these links, and within your means, take positive action (share the links, make a donation, or support local Black-owned businesses, etc) 

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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).

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    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. ❤️

  • 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,