Can you believe that this is the twelfth year that Diane Kennedy has been a brand? It hasn't always been an easy road, simultaneously choosing three niche markets: sizes for all women, sustainable products, and domestic manufacturing. These ideals have become trendy in recent years, but they have been at the core of my creative process since the very beginning.
It's All Happening...
Fabrics are arriving and we're producing fresh spring separates as we speak. This season, we’ll be adding more exciting, fashion-forward items to complete your look, like scarves and jumpsuits. It's a very busy time of year, with production in full swing at the factories while we’re already producing designs and samples for next fall. More stylish pieces are in the works!
The clothing industry has undergone enormous change – there’s been a move towards huge, online retailers that really don’t care not about people or quality, but only about making money. As a result, it's been a difficult year for many smaller retailers and many are disappearing altogether. I'm pleased to say that we work with many steadfast, female-targeted retailers who care about where and how clothes are made, and who demand quality. These stores are doing very well with our brand, and we were so pleased to welcome many wonderful new retailers this year.
I am very grateful for all of you, my loyal customers. Some of you have been with me for many, many years, and I so appreciate each and every one of you. Thank you for continuing to support my brand, and here’s to an outstanding 2019!
The end of the year is often a time for reflection. As 2018 draws to a close, I wanted to share some thoughts about what the Diane Kennedy brand means to me, personally and professionally.
When you put your own name on a company, it’s a commitment. It means that you are staking your personal reputation on what you’re going to produce. I always knew I wanted to be a fashion designer, and when I founded Diane Kennedy, I wanted my brand to be something special.
My goal was to make clothing that would fit women of all shapes, sizes, and curves. I set out to create pieces that would flatter women's bodies and be comfortable at the same time. Using sustainable, eco-friendly fabrics to create my separates was a logical step – we only have one planet, and using its resources responsibly just makes sense. I also chose to have DK produced in BC, and to support our local businesses and community.
I’m very proud of what I’ve built over the last decade. My loyal and lovely customers, who continue to buy and wear and live in my clothing, motivate me to keep creating. Of course, no woman is an island! I'm so pleased to have built a great team who helps me make, promote, and deliver DK separates to you every day.
Whichever holiday you celebrate, I hope this season brings you happiness and peace. May your December days be filled with friends, family, and fun – and I wish you health and good times in 2019!
We love helping customers find the perfect fit and colour, and seeing their faces light up when they find their new favourite outfit. Of course, we do our best to provide individualized service during our studio shops, but we also offer completely personal shopping appointments just for you.
What can you expect at a personal shopping appointment? First of all, you can expect the full attention of a product expert and/or Diane herself, and access to all the sizes, styles, and colours available in our warehouse. Our sizes run from small to 3X. If we have it in stock, you’re welcome to try it on! The best way to experience the superior softness of our sustainable bamboo fabric is to feel it on your skin, and to feel how it breathes with every move you make.
There is no pressure, minimum spend, or anything remotely like that! We want you to experience our super-soft separates, and see how our clothing flatters your shape – there is no obligation to make a purchase once you’ve made an appointment.
To set up an appointment, please call us at 604-683-9279 if you’re local to Vancouver. If you’ll be coming from out of town, use our toll-free number: 1-877-994-9977.
Location: 1635 Powell Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada (Our studio is fully wheelchair accessible.)
Appointment Availability: Monday to Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Parking: Turn north onto Woodland Drive into the parking lot right beside the Flag Shop. Street parking right at our door is also available between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. (Please check the signs, as street parking is not available during rush hours.)
Remember that you’re always welcome to shop when our studio is open to the public! Join us on Friday, December 14 (2:00 pm to 7:00 pm), Friday, December 28 (2:00 pm to 7:00 pm), and Saturday, December 29 (11:00 am to 5:00 pm).
Every once and a while, I find myself craving an escape from the city. A recent weekend getaway took me to Gabriola Island. It’s a lovely, peaceful place, perfect for reflection and relaxation. With a foundation of mainly sandstone, Gabriola features incredible rock formations on almost every beach or water access point. It's a perfectly sized island to explore over about three days – and explore I did!
There’s a very high concentration of artists living on Gabriola, and their studios are dotted throughout the island; however, I was in search of natural beauty and found it. I wanted to share my three favorite places on the island.
The most spectacular place I visited was called Malaspina Galleries. You may assume that this would be some kind of art gallery, but it’s actually a natural wonder carved by the ocean. It's a wave-shaped tunnel that you can walk along, if you're brave enough to clamber around a corner with a steep drop to the ocean right beside you!
Elder Cedar Forest
Gabriola is an extremely lush place, carpeted with thick ferns, moss, and salal. In particular, the Elder Cedar Forest is an emerald wonderland. Mushrooms and fungi were everywhere, which I think also speaks to the superior air quality. The vegetation was noticeably greener and fuller than on the mainland. We walked through the entire forest until we were sabotaged by a raging stream. Undaunted, we retraced our steps.
Drumbeg Provincial Park
With gorgeous arbutus trees and deciduous species coated in reindeer moss and lichen, Drumbeg Provincial Park is an exceptionally beautiful spot. We walked out on a peninsula and were surrounded by gorgeous views: snow-capped peaks on one side, tranquil bays on the other, and incredible rock formations all around. I was there at a relatively low tide and was able to walk out on flat sandstone rocks. Little pockets on white shell sand, sculptural logs, ocean detritus... It was the perfect place for a picnic lunch.
As you can likely tell, I had a delightful weekend, and highly recommend a visit to Gabriola. I’d love to hear your favourite places for rest and rejuvenation!
We’re excited to announce a new addition, just in time for holiday gift-giving – welcome Barefoot Venus to the Diane Kennedy collection!
Who doesn’t love luxurious skin care? Whether you use deliciously scented hand soap or indulgent bath oil, these products can add a wonderful pick-me-up to your day. When you have someone on your list who hard to buy for, a lovely gift set with lotions and creams is a thoughtful reminder to take time for self-care.
So how did we choose Barefoot Venus skin care? First of all, their products are all made in Kelowna by three beautiful sisters. As a Canadian company, we want to support our fellow Canucks whenever possible. Also, Diane Kennedy is a small business founded by an entrepreneurial woman, so partnering with another female-run company just made sense.
The final deciding factor was the products themselves. We pride ourselves on our ecological, ethical fashions, and Barefoot Venus’ philosophy is an ideal match. Their skin care line celebrates natural ingredients and scents, with no paraben, propylene glycol, or synthetic colours. We know our customers care about the fabrics that touch their skin – they want softness, breathability, and sustainability. We suspect you’re equally discerning about the soaps and lotions you use, and we knew that Barefoot Venus would meet your high standards.
When you’re in our studio, be sure to sniff and appreciate these Canadian-made delights. We are also offering selected gift sets on our website. If you would like us to send something directly to someone special, let us know so that we can package it with extra care.
I hope you’re making good progress on your shopping list, and are taking good care of yourself during this hectic season!