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  • Diane's Best Clothing Tips

    Published Aug 07 2020 in how to, Made in Canada, stain removal, tips, washing

    The care of your beautiful Canadian made garments couldn't be easier! Whether you're a first-time or a long time customer, here are a few tips that will help you keep your bamboo and cotton garments looking their best.

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    Hang 'em up! 

    Hang up your garments and let them "breathe". By that I mean let them hang freely in your closet. Certainly, when they first arrive in the box from us, hang them up right away so the wrinkles can fall out. In most cases, this eliminates the need for ironing.


    Stains

    I've found one of the toughest stains to get out of bamboo is grease. A good soaking and pretreating of the spot(s) with a regular drugstore product called "Shout" for about 10-15 minutes (before washing) is the best thing I've found to remove them. In more severe cases you may have to repeat this step.

     

    No Dryer!

    The number one tip I have for the longevity of your garments (of all kinds) is to keep them out of the dryer. The heat breaks down the Spandex in the bamboo and reduces the life of the item significantly. This is also especially important for any pant or legging that has elastic in the waistband. Over time the elastic will lose its elasticity and your pants will not stay up! Instead, hand them to dry over a rack (especially for longer items that may stretch) or on a hanger. Shake them once or twice during the drying process to release any creases that are forming.

    Another important reason to avoid the dryer is that the lint that you clean out of the dryer comes from your clothes. Over time this is another reason why your clothes may wear out. 

     

    Dry Spots (not greasy)

    This little tip has served me well over the years and I wanted to pass it along to you. Have you ever looked down and noticed a small stain on your garment? Maybe it's a spot of toothpaste or from a meal. Try lifting up the hem of your top and using the wrong side of the fabric to rub the mark until the spot is gone. It's not magic, but I've found many small stains can be eliminated "in the moment" this way. Don't add water or liquid, just do this dry. Try it! This trick can work quite well for a spot that has dried.

     Sewing on a button

    Buttons

    If you ever lose a button off your garment, please feel free to contact us and we'll mail you a replacement free of charge. Please be sure to include the measurement across from edge to edge so that we send you the correct size. 

    My mission is to create classic garments that will last you for years. I hope you've found something in these tips that you didn't already know. It's so easy to keep your clothes looking beautiful!

     

  • 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!

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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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  • It's In The Bag

    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 Kennedy Mystery Blog

    Mystery Bags! 

    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...

    Diane Kennedy Mystery Bag Collage

    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.

    Enjoy!


  • The Perks Of A Proper Mask

    Published May 29 2020 in customer service, diane kennedy, face masks, fit expert, Made in Canada, mask, personal service, shop local, women in business

    Thank you to everybody that purchased a mask from us. :)

    Our 100% cotton masks are completely ready to wear. However, if you want to take them a step further, Diane takes a moment to explain the extra built-in features you can take advantage of.

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    Diane Kennedy Face Mask Selfie Urban Grid

    Extra Features


    Our masks include a few extra features which allow you to upgrade them for even more protection. If you look inside of your mask, you will notice a small opening on each side. This opening supports an added filter, if you wish. We suggest using a coffee filter, cut to size, approximately a 4" round. Roll the filter slightly in order to insert it into the opening, and adjust into place. Please note that this extra layer of protection needs to be removed before washing, as well as replaced when you wear the mask again.

    You can also use this same opening to access the channel that goes along the top of the nose, so you can insert a wire in this area to give an extra close fit over the nose. You can use a wire or a pipe cleaner, but our best suggestion is a plastic-coated twist tie. While you can leave the wire in while washing your mask, please be aware that it could rust, so we recommend removing it when washing.

    Diane Kennedy Face Mask Diagram

    How To Wear Your Mask

    To make sure that you are wearing your mask correctly, you may notice an extra row of stitching. This will help you find the top of the mask, which goes over your nose. The adjustable elastic strap with the knot is first to go over your head and around the back of your neck. Then, pull the mask up over your face, while the smooth, un-knotted loop goes around the back of your head. If you have long hair like I do, you can lift the top portion of your hair to settle the elastic around the middle of your head under your hair.

    Once more, thank you for your purchase.❤️ We appreciate your support at this time. We invite you to share this post with others that may be in need of masks

    Stay safe everyone!


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