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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

    BLM header

    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) 

    Diane Kennedy

     

  • An April Thanksgiving

    Published Apr 24 2020 in Behind the Scenes, diane kennedy, local, shop local, staff update, thank you, thanksgiving

    We've all had more time to reflect on what is most important in our lives; whether that be love, our businesses and careers, or simply the whole big picture in general. It may not be Thanksgiving just yet, but now is the perfect time to be grateful. Let's keep afloat with our blessings. 

    The number one thing I'm thankful for is my staff. This lovely bunch of people have helped me and our business through these challenging times - always doing so with a strong, positive attitude. They have generated so much content for our brand, making sure our wonderful customers never forget us.

    (Photo below from our last staff lunch together in Feb 2020)
    Diane Kennedy Staff Pic

    Thank you Logan, Tracy and Julia. ❤️

    It just so happens that Logan's 7th work anniversary is coming up next week. I owe so much gratitude to him, with his longtime dedication to my two brands. He makes my (business) world go 'round with his fantastic photography, along with his bright and fun newsletters. He is a creative genius and Jack Of All Trades - always being there to solve ALL our problems from website issues to changing the water cooler bottle. 😊 He is not only a wonderful employee but a truly thoughtful and amazing human, as well.

    Logan Collage Spring 19

    Of course, I am so grateful to all of YOU, my customers that continue to support us. From simply liking and commenting on our social media, knowing that you see our posts is so helpful to us. Thank-you from the bottom of our hearts to all of you that are still placing orders. We appreciate every one of you!

    Thank-you to those who provide our Essential Services; they are essential for a reason - without them, we would have no groceries, no pharmacies, no deliveries.  I am so very grateful for the hard work of our Healthcare Workers. I cannot imagine the great sacrifice these selfless people must make, being separated from their families to save and protect the lives of others.

    We are absolutely all in this together. 

    In the words of our very own Dr. Bonnie Henry: Be Calm, Be Kind, Be Safe
                  


    Diane Kennedy Signature

  • The Show Must Go On

    Published Apr 17 2020 in Behind the Scenes, diane kennedy, local, online shopping, personal service, social media, staff update, women in business

    Diane Kennedy Shipping Selfie

    They say a woman is like tea - you won't know how strong she is until you put her in hot water.

    Our designer, Diane, has been aptly proving this the last few weeks; working like a whirling dervish; singlehandedly overseeing all shipping, daily studio operations... 

    Diane Kennedy Thank You Cards(Somehow she also finds time to write our wonderful customers Thank You notes!)

    ...and receiving new arrivals! 

    We're excited to add another selection to our Dress Collection, with our Waterfront Dress



    This beautiful cotton dress was designed with our customers in mind. Diane gave this look a more structured fit through the upper body and around the armhole, with a slightly extended shoulder - thus ensuring a smooth silhouette. Reminiscent of a shift dress, it gently comes in at the waist, while having a comfortable (not too tight) fit around the waistline. It finishes with a mid-calf length and a soft, modest V-neck.

    Look forward to a variety of beautiful prints:

    Waterfront Dress Fabrics
    (Top left, clockwise: Ocean, Palm, Fable & Regency)

    As you can see, fashion never stops! Diane, as well as all of us here at Diane Kennedy, are still carrying on. Rest assured, Diane still has new fashion up her sleeve this season, so stay tuned! 

    Thank you so much for your orders!  We truly appreciate your support at this time and always.


    Much love,

    The Team at Diane Kennedy

  • 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 


     

  • Let's Make Outfits; Barb's Style

    Published May 31 2019 in bamboo, Barb's Style, capris, design, diane kennedy, ethical, fashion, jackets, jumpsuit, leggings, local, Made in Canada, Personal Style, spring, Spring 2019, spring looks, tunics

    We love and appreciate our customers and are always trying to find ways to make your shopping experience better. Sometimes when you see a bunch of clothes online you wonder, how should I wear that?  You want to get ideas to style your own outfits, right? We figured, let's look at the collection as a whole and put together some outfits to show you.

    That's where I got recruited. I'm not a model. Full stop. I work for Diane Kennedy clothing in the capacity of customer service, I also do all the shipping and write the odd blog post, among other things. But the other day I was challenged with putting together some outfits from our Spring 2019 collection that I would wear in my own way.

    Vancouver Designer Diane Kennedy's Bamboo separates

    The City Tunic and Casting Capri in gorgeous Moroccan. Could an outfit be any easier to wear?

    Vancouver Designer Diane Kennedy's Bamboo separates I want to say right from the beginning that modeling is hard. I'm not kidding, it's a lot harder than it looks. Lucky for me, I had our newest team member Tracy and our in-house fab photographer Logan to put me through the moves. Tracy knows all about how to get the best out of a model, how to stand, how to walk, what to do with your hands, where to look. It's actually a lot to think about so I was so, so grateful for the guidance. Logan is fantastic, among other things, and he is infinitely talented and extremely patient. 

    Vancouver Designer Diane Kennedy's Bamboo separates

    I couldn't wait to try the new Jinx Jumpsuit on. Possibly the most comfortable thing I've ever worn. I wanted to try the Black and White striped Paradox Jacket over top and I just loved this look! This jumpsuit is so casual and yet so easily dressed up. 

    Vancouver Designer Diane Kennedy's Bamboo separates

    Another new fave has got to be the fantastically versatile top Add Pockets in Moroccan. Wear it on its own or layer it over almost anything to create the most amazing silhouette. I wore it over the Rejuvenate Leggings also in Moroccan and topped that with the Paradox Jacket in Black and Moroccan stripe. I love the way these layer up and the jacket just pulls the whole look together.  

    Vancouver Designer Diane Kennedy's Bamboo separates

    Here I've worn  Add Pockets with the Casting Capri in Black and Moroccan stripe. These capris are so fun with their wider leg and are the perfect length. Wear them with flats or a little bit of a heel. Again, casual or dressy but always soft and luxurious. 

    This is just me, wearing a few of my favourite Diane Kennedy separates. I hope you enjoy seeing my personal choices of Diane Kennedy's Spring 2019 line and that you can envision our collection as part of your own personal style.

    XOX Barb