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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 localAs 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!
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).
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!
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!
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 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...
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.
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.
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
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)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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).
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. ❤️