News

  • Personal Shopping Appointments

    Published Mar 28 2019 in

    We have a little secret!

    Did you know you can shop (by appointment) in our showroom which has the best selection of Diane Kennedy, soft bamboo, and natural fiber clothes, anywhere? Our items come in regular sizes and plus sizes from small to 3X.

    Shopping at Diane Kennedy Studios in Vancouver by appointment

    While shopping at our showroom is informal, we differ from regular stores by providing you with a completely private and personalized shopping experience. With our showroom all to yourself, you're welcome to try on as many items as you like with assistance from our experienced staff and/or our designer, Diane. There's absolutely no obligation to make a purchase...we want you to feel completely comfortable! Feel free to bring along any family or friends who might also be interested in what our customers describe as "the comfiest clothing in the city".

    Want to know another secret? We also have your dress needs covered with our other brand, Cherry Velvet: Gorgeous cotton dresses also available in regular and plus sizes. If you like to wear dresses, or maybe you have a special occasion coming up, we have an amazing assortment to try on here in our showroom. It's completely up to you which brand(s) you'd like to shop! Most of us need a dress once in a while though, right? We've got you covered!

    To set up an appointment, please send us an e-mail to info@dianekennedy.ca or call: 604-683-9279 (local to Vancouver) toll-free 1-877-994-9977

    Location: 1635 Powell Street, Vancouver BC Canada (fully wheelchair accessible)

    Availability: Monday to Friday 10-4 (for an appointment)

    Parking: Turn North onto Woodland Drive into the parking lot right beside the Flag Shop. Street parking is also available. (please check the signs as street parking is not available during rush hour)

    Shopping at Diane Kennedy Studios in Vancouver by appointment 

    Shopping Weekends!

    If you just can't make it for a weekday appointment, we regularly open once a month on a Friday from 2 - 7pm and a Saturday from 11am - 5pm. To find out about when we're open, please join our mailing list here.

    We just happen to be having one this weekend:

    Friday April 12, 2019 from 2-7

    Saturday April 13, 2019 from 11-5

    Hope to see you soon!

  • Tummy Loving Tunics

    Published Mar 22 2019 in bamboo, tunics, vests

    Diane Kennedy Evidence Tunic in Bamboo Stripes and Dots

    Do you love your tummy?

    Chances are you have mixed feelings about this particular body part. A lot of people carry their weight in the tummy area, that's just a fact. And while we aren't going to tell you to break out the crop top and show the world how much you love your belly, we do have some great pieces that will make you look amazing and feel confident that your tummy isn't the first thing you notice when you look in the mirror. Bring on the Tunic!

    Diane Kennedy Bamboo Tunics

    What makes a tunic so special?

    Our tunics are designed to accentuate the curves you love and skim and flow over your tummy area. Our Bamboo fabric is unbelievably soft. It has a silky, smooth feel and luxurious drape that glides over your body. An extra bit of "swing" is factored into the stomach area to create an easy flowing silhouette and added comfort. This additional care is taken in the design of all our tops, not just tunics but jackets and vests, too. And yes, they are all designed to be layered and work together.

    Invest in a Vest?

    Diane Kennedy Bamboo Recharge Vest

    Our Recharge Vest is a perfect example of a well thought out design that makes layering so easy. This vest pairs perfectly with tunics and tops of all sleeve lengths. A one button design and a box pleat in the back make for an easy fit and a flattering drape in the midsection. Why not try a vest? It adds so much interest and fun weather worn over a tunic, a tee shirt, or a blouse.

    Love It All!

    We want to be able to love all of our body parts, even the ones that we are taught to hate. This is one of the steps to living a proud, confident, self-loving life. When we wear clothing that fits just right, accentuate the areas we choose and flatter the areas that challenge us it becomes just a little easier to see the whole picture and be our best selves.

    Be kind to yourself!

    Love Barb

  • How To Care For Your Bamboo Garments

    Published Mar 14 2019 in bamboo, cleaning, fabric, Made in Canada, stain removal, tunics, washing

    If there's one thing that Diane Kennedy customers love about our garments, it's how effortless they are. Effortless to wear and care for, that is! Our signature bamboo fabrics are not only incredibly soft and comfortable, but they are also just as easy breezy to maintain.

    dk label

    Washing / Drying

    We recommend machine washing our bamboo garments in cold water using a mild eco-friendly soap. After washing, we suggest laying flat or hanging to dry. It's ok to put them in the dryer for a few minutes to get some of the moisture out, but please hang them up right away afterward. If you think about where the lint from your dryer comes from (your clothes) you'll understand that the dryer contributes to your clothes wearing out much faster. Plus the heat from the dryer deteriorates the lycra /spandex in your garments as well.

    Our bamboo fabric can hold quite a bit of moisture due to its unique cellular properties. It's ok to hang tops and 'shorter items', but longer items like pants might need to be laid flat to dry to ensure no stretching occurs. For longer tunics and bottoms, draping over a rack best preserves the shape of our garments.

    Stain Removal

    Recently we got this message from one of our customers about a stained garment:

    "I am writing because I have a small problem. I just had a call from my dry cleaner regarding a beautiful garment that I bought at your shop. You may remember I bought the gorgeous purple tunic/top (v-neck). Anyway, I was wearing it at a dinner party a couple of days ago and the host passed me a platter with roasted chicken thighs and unfortunately, it was a very shallow platter with way too much chicken juice and fat??? and it spilled down the front of my outfit.
    The dry cleaner says they want permission (from me) to dry clean it but are warning me that it may ruin the garment (the tag cleaning instructions say washing) and there is nothing on the tag that says you can dry-clean it."

    We wanted to answer this question here so that you can benefit from our answer:

    "For a big greasy mess please blot as much of the grease out with paper towels as you can. For greasy/oily stains on the Bamboo we recommend "Shout", it can be found at any grocery store. It does need a good soaking (all over the stain) and some time for the enzymes to work (maybe 20 minutes) before washing. Hang to dry. If some of the stain still remains, repeat again as necessary.

    We don't recommend dry cleaning for any of our garments"

    Packing for Travel

    You may already know that our garments travel exceptionally well. Our pieces fold so nicely & efficiently that it makes packing very easy; whether you're getting ready to take Diane Kennedy on a trip, or just switching over your closet's seasons. To minimize wrinkles, lay your garment flat, folding in the sleeves and hem (vertically, from top to bottom) into a rectangle, then simply roll up your garments starting from the neck. When you get to your destination, shake them out and hang them up, no ironing needed! Any wrinkles will fall out shortly.

    Find our most recent Bamboo tops and bottoms in our New Arrivals section & please join our mailing list for tips, first looks & more here!

     

  • Seeking Sassy Silvers!

    Published Mar 07 2019 in Silver Hair, Silver model, silver models

    We're conducting a model search and could be looking for YOU! Few women over 50 think of themselves as potential models, but things are changing. Women like Iris Apfel at 97 are getting signed with modelling contracts. How about Isabella Rossellini recently re-signed back at age 66 into a contract with Lancome she was let out of at 42?  The age of silver is here! 

    Seeking Sassy Silvers model search in Vancouver for Diane Kennedy clothing

    Are you or do you know of someone that's confident and sassy? Someone that's living life to the fullest and not afraid to show it? We'd love to hear from you (or her). We're not looking for perfection or previous experience. We are looking for enthusiasm and a zest for life!

    Seeking Sassy Silvers model search in Vancouver for Diane Kennedy clothing

    A few specifics...

    Local: Must be within driving distance of East Vancouver, B.C.

    Age: North of 45 (and up!!!)

    Silver hair, a preference, but not required

    Height: 5'5" or taller

    Size: Medium up to 3X 

    Time: During a weekday (anywhere from several hours to 1/2 a day)

    Seeking Sassy Silvers model search in Vancouver for Diane Kennedy clothing

    This search is about finding women for future photo shoots, blog posts and/ or social media shares. None of these require a big commitment in any way. Mostly it's about coming to our studio, trying on a few outfits chosen for you by our designer and having your picture taken with our photographer. We might also ask a few questions about your life, work and experiences too, to learn a little bit about you. Check out a blog post we did about the dancer, Gia Holman here

    Seeking Sassy Silvers model search in Vancouver for Diane Kennedy clothing

    Have a FUN afternoon with all the attention on YOU plus professionally taken photos both close up and full body to share! It's win-win! 

    Drop us a note with your photo, age and size to info@dianekennedy.ca and PLEASE SHARE with your friends, co-workers, or anyone you think might like to do this!

  • The Zero Waste Goal & Garment Production

    Published Mar 01 2019 in fabric, fashion, fashion industry, garment manufacturing, zero waste

    This is a time when we're all thinking about our impact on the earth and what we can do as individuals to reduce our waste. As a designer it's something I do consider while designing my garments. The truth is that pre-consumer "almost" zero-waste fashion is really only attainable with garments that are very simplified and made from very boxy shapes. A classic example of a zero waste garment is the traditional Kimono. But when a garment is cut to fit our womanly curves, square and boxy shapes are not ideal. Our new Scrunch Scarf is a good example of "almost" zero waste as the pattern pieces are rectangular and I purposely chose widths to fit the fabric. If you look at the bottom of the image below, you can see the "efficiency" is 98.3% of the fabric. 

    Still as a small batch designer with a very hands on approach I'm able to mitigate my use of fabric during production. I do consider how a sleeve is cut for example and how the fabric is utilitzed in the production process. My approach is quite unique as I often modify the designs as the pattern is being made. I sketch an idea, start making the pattern and make adjustments to the design as I go. As a last step It's not unusual for me to do a mock lay out the marker (the pattern pieces of the garment laid out single layer for cutting of the fabric) to see how well the design makes use of the fabric.

     Once the garment is ready to go into production a cut lay out of the pattern pieces is made (a production marker) using the Optitex CAD system. The use of the fabric is noted during this process. What I'd consider an unacceptable use of the fabric would be a marker that utilizes only 70% or less of the available space. Trust me when I tell you this would not be an uncommon use of fabric in the fashion industry. (30% waste) Commonly a style like a pant or a tunic would use 75% - 80% of the fabric. Anything above 80% is considered excellent. Kind of surprising right? This is the reality in the garment industry. The marker below is an example of how I put parts from 2 garments together to get a better yield. By doing so I was able to use 84.1% of the fabric. Without making this change the use of the fabric was way down at about 67%.

    We do whatever we can at this stage of production to minimize this waste. Our markers regularity use 82% - 87% of the fabric. And truthfully that's about as good as it gets. The only way to improve that would be an example like a shirt that has many small parts like cuffs, collar and tabs to fill up the spaces.

    While I know this is not something the average consumer ever considers when purchasing a garment, I wanted to share some of the thoughtful processes that go into making a Diane Kennedy garment.