• Kim's Fall Looks

    Published Oct 26 2018 in fall looks, jackets, layers, leaves, staff update, tunics, vests

    Autumn is so glorious this year, it's a joy to be outside and photographing fall outfits against this stunning backdrop. One reason for this shoot is to introduce you to our new social media manager Kim Palmer. The other is to show you some photos of our newest arrivals.

    We spent the day at one of our favorite Vancouver parks called Momiji on the PNE grounds in Vancouver. It's a hidden gem, tiny but peaceful and full of Japanese Maple trees in every shade of gold, green and red. They look beautiful all year but especially after this uncharacteristically hot summer. The leaves are on fire!!

    Diane Kennedy Recharge Vest and Illusion Tunic

    Back after a long absence is the perennial favourite Recharge Vest. Kim is wearing it over the Illusion Tunic in Moroccan blue and matching Rejuvenate leggings. If you're short, dressing head to toe in one colour is a great way to visually lengthen yourself. Kim is tall at 5'9" and even commented that because she's tall she prefers to break up her height with different blocks of colour.

    Diane Kennedy Persuasion Zip Jacket Full Body

    Kim looks smashing in our new Persuasion Zip Jacket. This lovely, heavier weight fleece topper has a soft brushed finish of cozy fleece on the inside making it super soft and comfy.

    Diane Kennedy Persuasion Zip Jacket Close  Up

    The Alchemy Tunic is an asymmetrical beauty that looks great over pants or leggings. Available in two colours; Black and Purple in the softest and most luxurious medium weight sweater knit.

    Diane Kennedy Alchemy Tunic Black Full Body

    Diane Kennedy Alchemy Tunic Black Close Up

    Diane Kennedy Alchemy Tunic Raisin Full Body

    Diane Kennedy Alchemy Tunic Raisin Close Up

    The new Tempt Tunic is another recent arrival in a gorgeous Heather Forest colour. With two roomy pockets for all your treasures, it's a winner and the perfect match for the Smarty pant in Black/ Forest stripe.

    Diane Kennedy Tempt Tunic Full Body

    Diane Kennedy Tempt Tunic Close Up

    We think Kim looks fantastic in these outfits, you'll be seeing more of her. We're very excited to have Kim join our team!

    Love Diane

  • From Colour to Customer - My Design Process

    Published Oct 19 2018 in design, ethical

    As the designer – and let's be honest, as the number-one customer of my products – I am very invested in the fit, quality, and feel of the fabrics used for each and every Diane Kennedy garment. Much like a brewer crafting a specialty beer, or a chef creating a gourmet meal, I take a very hands-on approach to the entire design process. This post is the first in a series to explain the steps and processes that take a garment from conception to customer.

    Colour is a huge motivator for me, and it is certainly one of the first things I look for when choosing a fabric. My thought process often starts with the colours I want to wear and what looks good on me. Choosing fabrics and colours is definitely one of my favourite parts of my job. I love to use natural fabrics like bamboo as much as possible because I’m a big fan of how these fabrics feel on my body.

    When making choices, I have three primary considerations: quality, feel, and origin. As you might know, approximately 85% of the fabric we use is manufactured in Canada. When I compare Canadian-made to what is made elsewhere, there's a very big difference. While we do choose a small percentage of offshore fabrics, we pay attention to a manufacturer’s ethics, and our decisions are also based on whether the fabrics are organic.

    After choosing a collection of fabrics and roughing out my ideas, I frequently design my garments while making patterns. Unlike many designers who complete full sketches of new designs, many Diane Kennedy styles coalesce during the pattern-making process. I see the flow of the seam lines and look at how the shapes work together, and these elements play an important role in determining the finished design. The design and pattern often morph intuitively as I work.

    Whether I make the pattern myself, or give it to my assistant, we always create both a plus-size and regular-size test garment before going into final production; therefore, we create two patterns for each style. My design assistant sews prototypes of the garment, and they’re fitted on a body of each size. Adjustments are made, allowing us to achieve a final pattern.

    After the colors, patterns, and designs are chosen, a local factory produces a sample of the garment. Our sales agents use these samples to sell Diane Kennedy designs to retailers across North America.

    Now that you’ve had a glimpse into the creative process, above is a sneak peek of the spring designs and fabrics we’re preparing for you.

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Published Oct 05 2018 in holidays, thanksgiving

    Fall Scenic Scene Burnaby BC

    My wonderful customers. If it wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t be here. I know that’s a bit of a cliché but it’s the honest truth. I'm one truly blessed person. I'm so thankful to be living my dream; to be a designer and make fantastic clothes for women of all sizes. Being able to do it in an eco-friendly, sustainable and truly Canadian way makes it even more special.

    Diane in the Perception Tunic

    Renewing Friendships...

    A successful woman does not get to stay in business as long as I have without the help and support of many others. I'm grateful for my support team and renewing old friendships. Sometimes those two things go hand in hand. A recent photo shoot in Olympic Village with a couple of models we began working with again was such a lovely reminder of our past projects and the many laughs we’ve had together. Scarlett Ballantyne and Viola Evans are so great to work with and just beautiful women inside and out.

    Viola Evans, Diane Kennedy and Scarlett Ballentyne

    Also, this year will mark 10 years that I have been working with my Canadian Agent Leah Tuttle. She's a remarkable woman who really understands our market and is responsible for getting my clothing in stores all across Canada. We'll be doing a blog about Leah in the near future. She really is an inspiration and I'm  thankful to have her as part of the Diane Kennedy team

    Our Team...

    This year brought Barb Wilkins back into our fold as our Shipping/Customer Service specialist. We've known each other for many years and are happy to be working together again, along with the rest of my team. Tatyana Bardas our Pattern Maker and Design Assistant and, of course, Logan Rudrum our Media Director. I'm thankful for this dedicated team of lovely and hard working people.

    Fall Scenic Scene 2 Burnaby BC

    Thanksgiving is important. Giving thanks and feeling gratitude for what you have is a simple concept, and yet we often forget to really feel grateful. Whatever you do to celebrate this time of year, may it bring you happiness and contentment.

    Love Diane xox