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  • 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

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    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

  • Shipping in the time of COVID-19

    Published Apr 02 2020 in Behind the Scenes, customer service, fashion industry, Made in Canada, online shopping, personal service, social media, women in business

    Diane Kennedy Shipping Orders

    Due to the unforeseen challenges affecting us all, and in an effort adhere to social distancing, we recently made the decision to close up our physical location for now. We will not be holding any further studio shops or scheduling studio appointments. That being said, our online shop is still running and New Arrivals will be released, as they come in.  For the most current info, please follow our social media channels. 

    Should you have any questions about any items on our website, please don't hesitate to message us on Facebook or by e-mail (info [at]dianekennedy[dot]ca). We are always happy to help. 

    Diane Kennedy COVID-19 Shipping Updates

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    At this time, while our staff is staying safe at home, Diane is personally manning the office and all the shipping to ensure you receive the same service from our end, as you would expect. Keep safe everyone and thank-you for your continuing support of our small business. 💓 #standwithsmall



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  • Social Media; Pressure to be Perfect

    Published Oct 04 2019 in Behind the Scenes, diane kennedy, social media, success, women in business

    In an era where the pressure to be perfect – or at least look that way online – is extreme, what does it mean to be successful? When you have an idea – a company you want to build, a project you want to foster – success is watching it bloom and grow. But how do we measure it? Once upon a time it was marked by a person’s sense of satisfaction, achieving new goals, seeing financial growth – or maybe even just enjoying the simple pleasure of being one’s own boss. These days it often gets evaluated by entirely different terms: how many followers on Instagram or Facebook? How many likes on a photo? How many shares on a video? Suddenly the goals are more elusive – and often it looks like everyone else is having an easier time being successful. The pressure to be perfect can make the tough job of bringing a dream to life even more challenging.

    Canadian designer Diane Kennedy

    The View From Inside

    The reality is that everyone talks about the wins, but very few talk about the losses. People share the great days, but not the hard ones. For every success – in business, in life, in our personal goals – there are countless fails. The pressure to be perfect comes from feeling that no one else is experiencing the downward slopes. From the outside all we see is the summit. Remember that for every success you see on social media, there are failures that no one takes photos of.

    Canadian designer Diane Kennedy with models Leah Tuttle and Viola Evans

    Keep Going – For Yourself

    Being an entrepreneur in the social media age is both a blessing and a curse it seems – it’s easier than ever to get your name out there and your idea or project or business can become famous overnight with the right set of circumstances. But that pressure for perfection is amplified in the echo chambers online. It’s impossible to set aside social media entirely but create and focus on goals that are outside that realm. Remember why you had this dream in the first place – and what measures of success you want to use for yourself. Maybe it’s how many followers you have, but maybe it’s also how you feel when you go to bed at night, how your customers (or readers, fans, listeners, and so on, depending on what you create) respond to what you’re doing. Focus on the good – an email of thanks, an unexpected collaboration – and allow yourself to set aside the pressure to be perfect for a few hours each day. Your dreams might look great in a well-filtered photo – but they’ll feel even better while you’re living them.