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  • In Support of Anti-Racism & BLM

    Published Jun 05 2020 in Anti-Racism, Black Lives Matter, ethical, Ethics, inspiration, local, Opinion, plus, shop local, women in business

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    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.

     Jihan Amer models for Diane Kennedy

    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

    Ways You Can Help :: Black Lives Matter

    Black Women In Motion

    The Black Health Alliance of Canada

    The Black Legal Action Centre

    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) 

    Tracy Po for Diane Kennedy

     

  • 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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  • Support Local

    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. 

    Thank You Notes

    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.

    DK Factory & Label

    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).

    Diane Kennedy Face Mask

    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. ❤️

  • 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

    Diane Kennedy Shipping Selfie

    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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