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  • The BEST pants you'll ever wear

    Published Oct 23 2020 in #style over 50, best plus size pants, eco, Made in Canada

    It's Leah writing the blog this week, and I want to share with you why Diane's pants are the best pants you'll ever wear. 

    Did you know that Diane Kennedy's pants are the most reordered item we sell? Ladies buy two at a time and stores consistently restock the pants because their customers can't get enough. Recently Diane re-imagined her best selling Flex pant into a new version that includes pockets called the Spirit Pant, available in Regular, Plus and Petite sizes. Honestly, they fly off the shelves and it made me want to share a story with you about the importance of great fitting pants. 

    Leah Tuttle models the new Spirit Pant by Diane Kennedy

    Last week, a friend of mine splurged on a new pair of pants for work (not DK) and was complaining about how disappointed she was with the fit. After showing me what she was wearing (name brand label) we had a quick chat about the difference between pants made in Canada by a designer who ensures quality by overseeing production and imported mass manufactured garments. She was feeling ripped off and a little confused and appreciated the feedback so she won't be wasting her money in future. 

    I explained that the bottom line (pun intended) is what matters to these big labels and that means cutting costs wherever possible. Alternatively, the results are completely different when you buy a garment that has been meticulously tailored, measured and crafted with quality fabrics.

    How does this affect you?

    Diane's pants and leggings are made for your comfort. She is designing for curves and knows that our bodies have width, but also depth. If you turn sideways in a mirror you can see the curves that a garment must maneuver. Diane understands these proportions.

    Here is an example to show how different the average legging pattern (right) is compared with legging pattern (left) made by Diane. The average pattern is flat and made for a one dimensional result which will not work. Women are not flat.

    Diane Kennedy pant fitTo compare; Diane chooses to design with fabrics that are ethically made in Canada. You are wearing healthy, soft, breathable bamboo which moves with you. Waistbands are wide and contoured to always give you a smooth fit with no muffin top. Each garment is locally produced in Canada with love. Our customers claim this bamboo makes their legs feel energized and heavenly.

    You want all day comfort with movement, stretch with memory, breathable fabric and quality that lasts. This is why these are the most comfortable leggings and pants you will ever wear: Find your favourite pant or legging on our website now in sizes S-3X and we are sure you'll agree that these are the best pants you'll ever wear.

    We look forward to hearing your opinions on the fit, fabric and your experiences.

    Leah Tuttle 

  • Behind the Photos – Get to Know Leah!

    Published Oct 08 2020 in #over50, ageless, fashion over 50, Made in Canada, women in business

    Diane Kennedy customers will recognize Leah Tuttle from our website and social media – she certainly features prominently. What you may not know is that Leah is our sales agent and has been for nearly 12 years. She knows the DK brand inside and out, so she was the perfect choice to join the team as our new Marketing Manager. We wanted to give you a closer look at this beautiful, accomplished woman, and tell you about the origins of her endless enthusiasm for this industry.

    Leah Tuttle

    A passion for fashion set the course for Leah’s career. She’s worked with designers, artists, retailers, and wholesalers, as a buyer, as a stylist, and as a personal dresser. Every day, she finds new delight in seeing the clothes she gets to work with.

    Leah is a multitalented woman. Sales and marketing are her forte, but she's also a chef, and cultivates organic botanicals for her own skincare line; www.wildcraftorganics.ca.

    Leah grows her own herbal teas which we are currently enjoying here at the office. "Tranquility Tea" is how we stay balanced and calm throughout the day. The main ingredients are lemon balm, heirloom peppermint, chamomile, lemongrass, calendula and the legendary soothing blossoms of restorative French lavender.

    Leah Tuttle and Diane Kennedy

    Now that Leah has joined the Diane Kennedy team, she’s been discovering more and more similarities with Diane, our designer.  Aside from red hair and green eyes, and their passion for fashion and cosmetics, both ladies have a love of organic gardening. 

    Tranquillity tea and Books by Anne RiceDiane and Leah have similar tastes in movies and books, and appropriately enough for the Halloween season, they’re both currently reading The Witching Hour trilogy; horror classics by Anne Rice. Around the office, you’ll often hear one or the other exclaiming to each other, “Oh, yeah – me, too!" With this much in common, it’s clear that theirs is a friendship for the ages, 12 years and counting.

     

     

  • What's Up and Coming

    Published Oct 02 2020 in #over50, #style over 50, 100% cotton, ageless style, diane kennedy, Fall 2020, Made in Canada

    This is our favourite season with so many fashion possibilities. We thought you would you like to see what's coming next from the Diane Kennedy design studio. We are thrilled about the new prints and textures of fall. 

    Capes are back in a big way. Diane has created the perfect topper of the season in 5 juicy colours to fit every mood and whim. 

    This light, soft, plush wool blend is perfect for the early morning chill with plenty of freedom of movement while walking the dog and running errands.

    Diane Kennedy Wool cape colour swatches

    Last year's capes flew out of stock so fast that Diane has brought you more colour choices and designed an updated version called the A Cappella Cape that you can pre-order now.

    As you may have noticed, this season's collection is arriving a little differently than prior collections. Fabrics were delayed and harder to source than ever before. Our fabric supply was affected by Covid delays and this means your fall wardrobe is arriving a little later than usual. We appreciate your patience as you will agree the results will be worth the wait. 

    Diane was feeling so creative this season that she's designed a jazzed up version of the classic cotton blouse that will be ready soon in 4 exclusive designer prints. Here's a peek at the blouse fabrics:

    cotton printsAnother highly anticipated fall item is the new Coat Dress. This versatile piece boasts 3 looks-in-one item! Get a glimpse of a few of the beautiful fabrics here: bolts of cotton fabric

    In other news, we're thrilled to have a new staff member, Leah Tuttle. You might recognize her as she has done some modelling for us. Here she's wearing the new Coat dress as a longer jacket. 

    Leah Tuttle wears a Diane Kennedy outfitLeah has also been our sales agent for Western Canada for almost 12 years and as such knows our brand inside and out! Stay tuned next week to learn more about Leah!

    Take Care, Be Kind and Stay Safe

     

  • Shopping in the New Normal

    Published Sep 25 2020 in Canadian, Covid, Made in Canada, New Normal, Shopping habits, Support Small

    Is there any part of our lives that hasn't been impacted by COVID-19? How we work, play and function have changed very much in the past six months, and we've realized that many of these differences will be around for quite some time. New habits like working from home have their associated blessings and curses, and the trick to surviving seems to be finding as many positives as possible in the "new normal".

    Home office Diane's new office

    How we buy and consume is no exception to the upheaval we're experiencing. Shopping online has become increasingly popular as we all avoid crowds. Also, we have all seen that small, local businesses have been hit extremely hard by the COVID restrictions, and many of us are looking for ways to keep our shopping dollars closer to home. We want to support our local economies, so we're consciously choosing brands that keep North Americans employed. When making clothing choices, there's a trend towards smaller, independent designers and a de-emphasis on big box stores. This attitude shift is something we at Diane Kennedy are excited to see.



    Our online store has long been a staple of our business, and we know that our regular customers depend on our fast and accurate shipping. If you’re new to the brand and you’re not sure about sizing, we are (virtually) there for you! Email us and give us your measurements, and we’ll help you find the fit that makes you look and feel fabulous. We want your online shopping experience to be fun and hassle-free, and we will do all we can to help you find the outfit that’s perfectly YOU.

    If you want to support a small, local business, look no further. Not only is our head office right here in beautiful BC, we painstakingly design all our garments, giving every detail our full attention. Each piece is also sewn in the Lower Mainland and created ethically. As well, 85% of our fabric is manufactured in Canada. Canadian-made quality is a cornerstone of our identity as a brand.

    COVID-19 has challenged us all, but it’s also given us some unexpected gifts. Looking for positive things in this crazy time can help keep us all sane, and we think it’s worth celebrating the rise in support for local business and the transition to more online shopping. Join the movement with us!

  • 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.

    Diane Kennedy clothing

    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!