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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!


  • Caught in Cotton

    Published Jan 24 2020 in 100% cotton, cotton, fashion, Made in Canada, over 50, slow fashion, tunics

    If you've been following us on social media, you may have seen some little teasers of a new fabric that we're bringing out this Spring 2020. We're happy to introduce woven 100% cotton to our collection! You may know we've been making dresses using this same fabric for our other clothing brand, Cherry Velvet dresses for many years. To that end, we can confidently attest to the quality and wearability of this wonderful fabric.

    100% Cotton prints for Diane Kennedy Spring 2020 collection

    Several customers had asked about Diane Kennedy items using cotton prints. It was such a good idea, we made it happen!

    We'll always continue to use our signature bamboo fabric. We know many of you love it for its exceptional softness and ease of wear. That being said, this cotton brings to the table something that we've never been able to find in bamboo; a wide range of beautiful, stylish prints. Our Spring 2020 collection was designed around some lovely, artistic brush stroke prints mimicking the surface of water. 

    At the beach in Diane Kennedy's Spring collection

    Cotton Care:

    Crisp, cool and comfortable - our new cotton fabric is very similar to care for as our Bamboo. Wash it like any other garment in the washing machine and hang to dry. When you hang it spend a minute smoothing out the wrinkles by hand or iron with a cotton setting if you prefer.

    Where to wear!

    This cotton fabric travels very well. We recommend folding your cotton pieces on the very top of your suitcase, right before you're going to zip it up. Hang them when you get to your destination and they'll be ready for wear, where ever you are. 

    Later this season, the Sightsee shirt will be released. It can be worn as a jacket, shirt or even a beach cover up, making it the perfect travel garment. In fact, Diane is planning on bringing it with her on a well-deserved sailing trip to Greece later this year!


    At the beach in Diane Kennedy's Spring collection

    We hope you love these cotton pieces as much as we do and would love to hear your comments and feedback -

    To let us know the kind of prints you would love and/or items you would like designed, please fill out our survey here:

    https://forms.gle/wQU6Y7B7bF7mvqMz8

    Once completed, we'd love to thank you for participating, by giving you a 20% discount code on your next purchase.

     

    Diane Kennedy Signature

  • #Who Made Your Clothes

    Published Jun 27 2019 in diane kennedy, environmentally friendly, ethical fashion, fashion industry, garment manufacturing, green living, Made in Canada, slow fashion

     

    Do you know who made your clothes? Much of the global fashion industry desperately needs change. We're suggesting becoming more aware of how your spending habits affect people and our planet.

    In this day and age with our delicate global climate, there are 3 questions we should all be asking about the clothing we buy. We are not afraid to answer these questions and hope it will make you feel good about the purchases you make with us.

    1. Who Made Your Clothes?

    Diane Kennedy clothing employs Canadians at every step of the manufacturing process. Designs and patterns are all developed at our  Diane Kennedy Studio and manufactured close by in Vancouver B.C. We regularly visit our factories and have a personal, face to face relationship with them. Diane can attest to the fact that the garment workers have safe work conditions to high Canadian standards and are paid fair wages.

    *Worldwide 1 in 6 people works in the apparel industry. Over 80% of these people are women; 98% do not receive a living wage.

    2. Where Are Your Clothes Made?

    Canadian Made and proud of it! The factories we use for production are all local to us, some just steps from our door in Vancouver B.C. Canada.

    We're also able to produce in small batches, which means producing to demand, and a more sustainable business model.  Our carbon footprint is lower because everything is made in Canada and shipped within North America. No containers on ships crossing the Pacific needed.

    *In 1989 70% of clothing worn in Canada was made in Canada, today it's less than 5%. Trade barriers introduced in 2003 have moved much of the manufacturing of apparel overseas.

    3. What Are Your Clothes Made Of?

    Diane Kennedy's super soft knit is made from Certified Organic bamboo fibers. Without assistance from man, bamboo is grown 100% naturally. A highly sustainable crop, bamboo does not require the use of pesticides and herbicides for crop production. Plantations can easily be kept organic as a result. Did you know bamboo produces 35% more oxygen than trees per the same amount of space? Additionally, as the plant is flood and drought resistant, water irrigation is not necessary for production. Bamboo is easily biodegradable and decomposes very rapidly back into the soil.

    *The percentage of Polyester clothing being manufactured overseas has far surpassed clothing made with any natural fibers since 2009.  Made from fossil fuels, polyester is extremely energy intensive to produce. It creates microplastics in our oceans and does not degrade or break down. Likewise, every piece of polyester clothing ever made is still around.

    Thank you!

    When you make a choice to purchase from us it means so much more. You are supporting a company that cares about people. You are choosing to consider the people who made your clothes. Furthermore, you are choosing a quality garment that is easy on the environment and will last for many years.

    Thanks for being our customer!

    XOX Barb

  • Are You Afraid To Shop Online?

    Published Jun 07 2019 in customer service, Diane Kennedy, Made in Canada, online shopping, personal service, personal shopping, shop local, slow fashion

    We want to take away your fears when it comes to shopping with us. Diane Kennedy Clothing has been in the business of offering sustainable, eco-friendly contemporary fashion for curvy women of all sizes for over 12 years. In this day and age, online shopping is one of the most convenient ways to shop allowing for easy comparisons and an overwhelming selection. It can all be a bit daunting. There are still a lot of people who are not comfortable ordering online. We are here to help you with that. 

    Canadian designer Diane Kennedy and Barb Wilkins

    Don't be shy, pick up the phone and give us a call. We are happy to sit and talk you through your order, make suggestions and recommendations or describe colours, fit and any other detail you need. There is also the issue of choosing the best size for you. If you tell us your measurements we will measure the garment you are interested in and let you know what your best sizing options are. We will even place the order for you if you are not comfortable doing it yourself. We actually enjoy speaking with our customers and promise to treat you with patience and kindness. 

    We encourage you to call us on the phone if you have any concerns. We have a toll-free number for that very reason (1-877-994-9977). When you call us during our business hours (9 am - 4 pm Monday to Friday Pacific Standard Time) the phone is answered by a real person who really wants to help you out. If you need answers at other times, sending us an email with your questions or concerns is a great alternative. If you receive something in your order that just doesn't work for you, call or email us right away and we will help you arrange an exchange. You can see our policy HERE. We want you to be happy with your purchase!

    Barb Wilkins

    Diane Kennedy clothing is located in beautiful Vancouver B.C. Canada. We are a small company that does all of our manufacturing locally. Diane Kennedy is a real person who is here every day, working on her business and making sure every aspect of the company is run with integrity and honesty. We offer a quality product and great customer service. 

    A note to our local customers or those travelling to Vancouver... We open our showroom to the public for special Studio Shop events twice a month. We also offer private shopping appointments in our showroom during the week. Get all the info HERE. We love meeting our customers in person and we have everything that's on our website right here and a few things that are exclusively available here only.

    Don't be scared to order from us. Pick up the phone or send us an email if you have any concerns.

    We are dedicated to making ordering from Diane Kennedy a great experience! 

    Diane & Barb

    If you're local to Vancouver our next Studio Shop is:

    June 14 from 2-7pm and June 15 from 11-5 pm. @ 1635 Powell St

     

  • Why you should choose Natural Fibers

    Published May 03 2019 in bamboo, design, eco, eco friendly, environmentally friendly, ethical, ethical fashion, fabric, green living, local, Made in Canada, natural, nature, slow fashion, spring, sustainable

    There's always a story about the latest thing we shouldn't eat or product not to use. But as conscious consumers, we can't help but want to make the best choices. Now that microbeads (found in our toothpaste and beauty products) have been listed as a toxic substance (and already banned in the US), they've found an even more pervasive problem— fibers shedding from synthetic clothing. These microfibers get released in the clothes washer and make their way into our oceans. Washing just one synthetic fleece garment can release approximately 1.7 grams of microfibers with each wash. So choosing organic, sustainable and biodegradable fibers may be even more important than previously thought.

    New studies indicate that synthetics like polyester could be poisoning our lakes and oceans and therefore our food supply on a massive scale. Synthetic fibers have been found in the gastrointestinal tracts of fish! These tiny threads shed from fabrics could ultimately be of huge concern as they enter the food chain and have the potential to accumulate in the bodies of larger mammals. We, at the top of the food chain, are, of course, eating these fibers when we consume the fish.

    Microfibers

    Tiny fibers emitted from synthetic clothing when washed are entering our oceans and waterways at an alarming rate. 

    While this is a problem without an easy solution, if you're already a consumer of natural fibers, you're obviously doing the right thing. Aside from the many other obvious advantages of bamboo, it's 100% biodegradable. So once it's no longer wearable, in as little as a year, it will have decomposed back into the soil or ocean without the production of any pollutants.

    Choose bamboo and other natural fiber clothing over synthetics

    While very few fabrics and methods of dying fabrics can get a 100% clean bill of health, bamboo has many impressive ecological credentials. By nature bamboo as a plant is fast growing and requires no pesticides or additional fertilizers. Another key benefit of bamboo is that it requires one-third of the amount of water required to grow cotton. One of the other benefits is that, in comparison to an equivalent area of trees, bamboo takes in five times as much carbon dioxide and releases 35% more oxygen. One of the drawbacks of bamboo processing has been the chemicals used, but new mechanical methods of processing have been devised in where the crushed bamboo is treated with biological enzymes. This breaks the bamboo into a mushy mass and individual fibers are then combed out. Although expensive, this process is eco-friendly.

    While not the ultimate solution, every step helps. We're suggesting that you keep choosing the most natural products possible for inside and outside your body.

     

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