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  • Frock Flashback: the Danielle

    Published Jan 24 2020 in Cherry Velvet, Cherry Velvet Dresses, cotton dress, Danielle, Made In Canada, Vintage Inspired

    Danielle dress by Cherry Velvet

    The Danielle: A much-beloved sassy frock, produced in about 15 different prints over Cherry Velvet history. Named after a darling previous staff member and model, this design was released for the first time way back in 2015.

    With so many versions of it, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at all the past Danielles! Plus, here's a secret just for you: A little bird has said we might be seeing this frock again this summer...

    Woman talking to birdsImage credit: Disney

    One of the special features of the Danielle is that we often use one-way prints. This takes more fabric, but also means that we can use more unusual and striking prints.

    This charming design features an alluring "V" neckline, with buttons that match the print, a pointed collar and best of all a unique peek-a-boo back. After all, your exit is every bit as important as your entrance! The full skirt looks lovely on its own or with a crinoline, and includes (as always!) hidden pockets in the side seams.  

    Danielle dress seen from front and back
    If you like it from the front, wait 'til you see it from the back!

    And now, for your viewing pleasure, here is a gallery of all our past Danielles!

    Let us revel in nostalgia...

    Cherry Velvet Danielle DressPrints: Bazaar, Celestial Damask, and Red Rose

    Cherry Velvet Danielle DressPrints: Hexi Dot, Bird Bath, and Bento Box

    Cherry Velvet Danielle DressPrints: Rose Picnic, Cherry Luau, Poppy Lagoon

    Cherry Velvet Danielle DressPrints: Silhouette, Shutterbug, and Black Geo

    Cherry Velvet Danielle DressPrints: Beach Pugs, Rose Floral, Retro Star

    We know, we know. They're so beautiful and fun. We wish they'd still be available too, but they are long sold out. However, fear not: we have exciting new things coming this year!

    Did you enjoy seeing the history of our Danielle dress? Let us know if you did, and if you'd like to see more Frock Flashbacks.

    Stay tuned for Name That Print contests, new releases, and other fun news!

     XOX Cherry Velvet

  • Tell Us Your Deepest Desires!

    Published Jan 15 2020 in cherry velvet, Cherry Velvet Dresses, customer feedback, new dresses, opinion, survey

    Cherry Velvet survey square with illustrations of dresses

    In order to best provide you with the most exciting, flattering, retro-licious dream frocks you always count on us to, we decided to run a survey!

    We know, we know. Answering a survey is hardly how anyone would choose to spend their time. However, we truly do want to hear from you. All your heart's deepest desires. And so... we came up with an incentive!

    We wouldn't ask you to go the extra mile if there was nothing (other than perfect frocks next season) in it for you. This is why, once you complete your survey, you will receive a special code to shop with a 20% off discount*!

    Rainbow with captions for the survey and the code at the end of it

    The pot of gold at the end of the survey rainbow!

    The survey itself takes less time than it would to pin curl your hair. And it's much more pleasant and comfortable (depending on where you're sitting).

     Marilyn Monroe pincurling her hairSo for the good of Cherry Velvet fans as a whole, for the well-being of all vintage vixens, and for the glory of well-fitting frocks, we ask you to:

    Please fill out our survey here!

    It would make you our hero :)

    Thank you!

    XOX Cherry Velvet

     (*Code valid until February 29th, 2020. One use per customer. Not to be combined with other discount codes. Not applicable to New Arrivals.)

  • Welcome to the 20's (again!)

    Published Jan 03 2020 in 1920s, 1920s fashion, 20s, fashion history, flapper, roaring twenties

    The new decade is here! We’ve made it through the early 2000’s, with all its low-rise jeans; and then came the 2010’s, with “athleisure” for the masses. Now that we’re in the new 20’s, we thought it would be fun to take a look at what iconic fashion was going on in the 1920’s, and think about what this decade might bring.

    This post-WWI era of economic prosperity was full of exciting new things: Jazz, art deco, feminism, and flappers! The word, which originally meant “young prostitute” in the mid 1600s and sometimes “lively teenager” in the 1890s, was adopted for these fashionable women. They earned the right to vote, they would wear more make-up than before, drive, smoke and have casual sex. They would even visit speakeasies and – gasp – drink alcohol! No wonder they called it the “Roaring Twenties”!

    Flapper carrying a flask

    Can’t prohibit this girl from anything!

    The '20s were revolutionary in terms of fashion. When compared to the previous Edwardian era of tight restrictive corsets, petticoats and full-length dresses, it was nothing short of scandalous: women started baring their arms, shoulders and legs. The new frocks sometimes covered little more than and old-fashioned girdle; a moral uproar to the conservative older women.

    Flapper clothing 1920's outfits

    Outfits were boxy and loose with a dropped waist and boyish silhouette. Hair was cut short. Women now demanded comfort and practicality. With the iconic cloche hats on almost every flapper’s head, an overall relaxed yet glamorous fashion marked the era.

    Women and man on ship in the 20s wearing cloche hats
    Knees out, cigarettes in hand, cloche hats tight!

    In the new ’20s, we enjoy the freedom to dress however we like, and fashion offers more possibilities than ever. If there are some things we can learn from the ladies of the ’20s, it’s that comfort does not negate glamour!

    Up until now, Cherry Velvet has mostly been inspired by the 1940s and '50s, but later this spring you may find some '20s inspiration as we explore a new decade in fashion.

    We will soon be looking for your feedback as we evolve our designs.

    Look forward to a very exciting 2020 with us!

    XOX Cherry Velvet

  • Holiday Greetings!

    Published Dec 24 2019 in behind the scenes, Canadian Designer, Canadian Made, Cherry Velvet, Cherry Velvet Dresses, Customer Appreciation, Employee Appreciation, Made In Canada, Made in Vancouver, Thank you, Vancouver-designed, Vintage Inspired, what's new

    It's been another wonderful year, we thank you, all of our beautiful fans and customers for your support. It absolutely fills our hearts with joy to see our customers smiling; our dresses making you feel confident and ready for anything.

    We know none of the success we've shared with you wouldn't be possible without *you*, and to be completely honest, it wouldn't be nearly as enjoyable without you, either. So, once more, we want to express our great appreciation to you for being on this journey of fabulousness with us. 

    CherryVelvetStaffPhotoWishing you the happiest of holidays, the merriest of Christmases and nothing but the very best for the New Year and beyond.

    XOXO With Love from all of us  Diane, Julia, Logan, and Tracy.

    Cherry Velvet Staff Photo Funny

  • Style Inspiration - The Claire Capelet

    Published Dec 18 2019 in Accessories, capelet, Claire Fraser, Design process, Fashion, fashion illustration, Fleur Delacour, inspiration, Made In Canada, Outlander, Short cape, Shrug

    Does the term 'Capelet" make you think of a strong female character in a whimsical fantasy? Inspired by pieces worn by Claire and Brianna on the show "Outlander", we designed our Claire Capelet so you can be the heroine of your own magical story. This is a charming, flirty piece made to enhance the look you have on underneath.

    Claire Fraser and Brianna Fraser from Outlander, Fleur Delacour from Harry Potter

    Considering your helpful feedback on our Samantha Shrug collection, we wanted to keep this design clean around the neck, without a tie or collar. An important aspect to us was achieving the flowing, cape-like aesthetic, while ensuring that it would stay on your shoulders. For this reason, we set out to create a garment with sleeves.

    Claire Capelet from Cherry Velvet fashion illustration drawing

    Cherry Velvet outfit including the Claire Capelet back view

    The resulting effect would be that of a gentle swinging curved line, blending the sleeve in with the back, creating a unified smooth flow. We achieved this look after many versions and fit tests!

    Claire capelet back view

    The fit was designed for 4 different sizes instead of our usual 8, as the capelet’s shape accommodates a wider range of body shapes. The smallest one, labeled “M” will fit from a tiny XS body to a true M. Size “XL” will fit L-XL, “1X” fits 0X-1X, and “3X” fits 2X-3X. (It would make an easy fit gift!)

    Claire capelet, Doris dress in Black and Red Polka Dot, and Dark Mirror Ball necklace and earring set

    Equally suitable over a casual outfit; elevating even a t-shirt and jeans the Claire Capelet is a versatile addition to any closet. Pick up this soft and lovely accessory to give your outfits a romantic, sophisticated finishing touch!

    XOX Cherry Velvet

    P.S. Try one on at the last Studio Shop of the year:

    Friday Dec 20 from 2-7 pm and Saturday Dec 21 from 11-5

     

     

  • Holiday Party Outfits for the Vintage Vixen

    Published Dec 13 2019 in Christmas, Fashion, Holidays, Outfits, Party, Party Dress, Party Outfit, Pin Up, Vintage Inspired

    The holiday season is upon us, and with it, the most fun part (for many): Parties! Offices, families and friend groups alike are organizing merry celebrations for the end of the year. Gift exchanges, delicious dinners… And dressing up! It's all part of the fun. How many of us wait all year for this time to shine?

    Here at Cherry Velvet, we have some beautiful dresses to give you vintage flair and retro style as you dazzle at your functions! Whether you’re looking for kitschy fun, glamorous glimmer, or flattering classics, we have options for you.

    These outfits were prepared to showcase a bit of what we have, but there is so much more available at our online store and during our Studio Shops!

    And without much ado... The outfits!

    Hot Stuff

    Lana Black Shimmer dress, red Chiffon crinoline, red samantha shrug, light my fire necklace and earring set

     

    Are you a bond girl, femme fatale, or a smoke show bombshell? This is the outfit for you! A glimmering black dress - our Lana in Black Shimmer. With its seductive curved V neckline, when paired with our red chiffon crinoline... It's like the Louboutin of party dresses. Add our red Samantha shrug for warmth; and to really set things ablaze: the Light My Fire matchstick necklace and earring set!

    Yuletide Sensation

    Brigitte Festive Fairies dress, black chiffon crinoline, Claire capelet

    When traditional, magical Christmas captures your heart, you'll be perfectly suited for out Brigitte in Festive Fairies print! Magical folks frolicking amongst poinsettias, perfectly evoke the ancient traditions of the season. A black chiffon crinoline gives this dress lovely volume, and our Claire capelet will cover your shoulders in whimsical, magical drape. Accessorize with the subtle accent of a black necklace, such as our Black Atomic necklace and earring set.

    Glimmering Goddess

    Norma Silver Filigree dress, white chiffon crinoline, Samantha shrug in black sparkle

    For the glamour of a silver screen diva, look no further than our shiny, metallic frocks. The Norma in Silver Filigree, for example, captures light beautifully in its regal silver pattern. A chiffon crinoline gives your dress a glamorous shape, and our Samantha shrug in black sparkle will cover your shoulders in warmth and shine. For that final twinkling touch, use the Atomic Galaxy necklace and earring set, and you'll shine on all night long!

    We hope to have inspired you to find your perfect holiday outfit, be it for a casual party at home, or for a glamorous night out on the town!

    And make sure to share your photos with us by tagging #cherryvelvet or sending them by email to info@cherryvelvetdresses.com for a chance to be featured on our social media!

    Browse all our dresses online,
    Or Shop in person at 1635 Powell Street, Vancouver BC on our next Studio Shop dates:

    • Dec 13 from 2-7pm
    • Dec14 from 11-5 pm
    • Dec 20 from 2-7 pm
    • Dec 21 from 11-5 pm

     

    XOX Cherry Velvet 

  • Give the Gift of Cherry Velvet

    Published Nov 19 2019 in

    During the holidays, many of us start looking to our loved ones and think - how can I make them feel special? How can I show my appreciation to them?

    If your loved one is a Cherry Velvet fan, our team has got you covered: we pulled together a few special options for your gifting convenience!

    Option 1 - E-Gift Card

    The staple of staples, the quickest and most environmentally friendly option. The one that's there to save the day when you happen to - oops! - forget to order something ahead of time. Our E-Gift Card is a no-brainer: delivered right to their email instantly or set your own custom delivery date!

    Option 2 - Cherry Bucks

    Cherry Bucks are a fun gift certificate with vintage charm, inspired by Monopoly money designs. Mailed by us to your recipient, this gift says: "Treat yourself, it's on me!"

    Cherry Velvet Cherry Bucks and envelope

    Option 3 - Boxed and Bowed Gift Card

    For a more traditional present experience, go with our gift-wrapped Cherry Velvet certificate. Nothing beats the suspense of an old-school box and ribbon - what could be inside? This option adds charming value to the tried and true gift certificate. 

    Cherry Velvet gift card in gift box

    Option 4 - Jewelry Set* + Gift Card Box

    Now, if you don't believe in that gift cards on their own are enough of a present, but would still like to give your loved one the option to choose their favourite, best-fitting dress, we have the ultimate option: A jewelry set in addition to our gift card, wrapped in a box and ribbon.

    Jewelry makes for an elegant, precious gift, with the benefit of being a safe choice: there are no sizes to pick, and the styles are very versatile.

    Everybody loves shiny things in shiny boxes - especially when they come along with a shopping voucher!

    After adding the gift card and the jewelry set of your choice to your shopping cart, write to us in the order that "I'd like to combine the gift card and Jewelry set into one gift box". We will pack them together for the loveliest surprise!

    (*Option not available for Erstwilder Brooches)

    Mercury Glass mirror mirror bijoux necklace and earring set in Cherry Velvet gift box

     

    This holiday season, we hope we can help you provide pretty dresses and pretty smiles to someone special!

    (And if the person reading this blog is that "someone special", then you may want to "forget" to close this tab! *wink wink*)

    XOX Cherry Velvet

  • Cherry Velvet and Fluevog - The Perfect Pair

    Published Nov 08 2019 in Canadian Designer, Cherry Velvet Dresses, Cherry Velvet/Fluevog Match, Customer Appreciation, Fluevog, John Fluevog, Made In Canada, Made in Vancouver

    "One of the best compliments I've ever received was from my customer telling me she has a ton of Fluevogs, but even more of my dresses" ~ Diane Kennedy, designer

    And what a collection our client, Jacqueline has!

    Cherry Velvet Dresses and Fluevog Shoes

    It has been a long-held truth for many Cherry Velvet dress collectors that nothing really goes better with our unique dresses than a pair of Fluevog shoes. We like to think there is nothing so loyal as a Cherry Velvet/Fluevog client. They go together like gin & tonic, peanut butter & jelly or a cup & saucer - You get the idea. ;) 

    Over the years, many of our clients have brought their Fluevog shoes with them when they come dress shopping in our Studio. There have been many happy discussions about which shoes go with which dress.

    Diane Kennedy and Cherry Velvet Collector

    We're blown away by this fabulous photo sent to us by our customer Jacqueline.

    She's laid out all her dresses in a rainbow -
    There was some question about how many there actually were but the final tally is 50 dresses!

    Cherry Velvet Dress Collection

    Jacqueline has her own unique approach to her dress/shoe collaborations. She prefers to pick one perfect combination of matching shoes and dress that she wears more exclusively together. Of course, some dresses have more than one perfect shoe match; But the choices are always fluid, never static.

    Cherry Velvet Dress ad Fluevog Pairings

    Can we just say wow! What a work of art this photo is!

    Also known as @_cuddlefish_ on Instagram, she has an undeniable eye for colour and detail. Check out her lovely IG photos; mostly of her travels and nature. We feel so flattered that she's shared her amazing eye for fashion and corresponding photos with us! :)

    @_cuddlefish_ instagram Autumn photo

    Thank you, Jacqueline! <3

    XOX Cherry Velvet

  • Inspiration Appreciation

    Published Oct 31 2019 in behind the scenes, Dita Von Teese, inspiration, making of, Marilyn Monroe, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, vintage inspired

    In a way, everything that you see and consume can become an inspiration. In the Design field, we call this "repertoire". They are all the things you've seen and learned about, and that serve as an influence for every idea you have. The more you see, watch, read, and consume, the larger your repertoire - and the easier it is to create.

    Although most ideas come organically like that, we also sometimes work with direct inspiration. When it comes to modern vintage style, part of the challenge is adapting interesting features and details into contemporary textiles, techniques, and silhouettes.

    In our collections, we have occasionally created dresses directly inspired by specific references. Today, we'd like to share some of these with you.

    The Dita 

    Our Dita dress was inspired by the one worn by Dita Von Teese a few years ago. In the '50s, contrast details were commonly used to add interest and make designs unique. White and bright colours were mostly used.

    Diane designed the Dita with a black contrasting sweetheart neckline, making it the right balance between vintage and modern.

    Dita Von Teese in Red and Black Dress at Home beside Cherry Velvet Dita dress in Golden Galaxy

    The Norma

    One of the most iconic symbols of the '50s is most certainly Marilyn Monroe in her white dress from "The Seven Year Itch", released in 1955. The airy fabric and gathered halter front are unforgettable.

    Gathered halter tops were a summer staple of the decade. Many dress patterns featured the style. The Norma dress, named after Marilyn's birth name, was designed to have the lovely look of a halter top, with the comfort and wearability of a closed back.

    Marilyn Monroe in iconic white dress beside Norma dress by Cherry Velvet

    The Kate

    Neckline, collar and top details made many 1950's dress designs unique. Buttons were commonly used in creative ways, such as on these overlapping criss-cross flaps. Diane took inspiration from this '50s photo to design our Kate dress.

    Recently, the same criss-cross button feature has been spotted on drama series "The Marvelous Mrs Maisel" once in season 2 (2018), and also in the filming of season 3 (2019).

    Vintage photograph which inspired the Kate dress by Cherry Velvet beside The Marvelous Mrs Maisel in purple dress

    We hope you enjoyed getting to know a bit about how some of our designs came to be! If our dresses piqued your interest, you can get yourself a Dita, Norma or a Kate at our online store in a variety of prints!

    See all Dita dresses

    See all Norma dresses

    See all Kate dresses

    XOX Cherry Velvet

  • Slow Fashion for the Vintage Vixen

    Published Oct 24 2019 in Cherry Velvet, Ethical Fashion, Slow Fashion

    What is slow fashion, you ask? It is generally considered to be an approach to clothing production and consumption with a focus on fair practices and sustainability. Clothes that are made in a way that is better for those wearing them, those making them, and for the environment.

    Since the very beginning, Cherry Velvet has been making dresses out of high-quality cotton that lasts. Dresses made and sold in our first year still exist and are worn today (and it's been over 8 years!).

    Barb with the first rack of Cherry Velvet dresses ever made

    Our designer Diane has 3 dresses out of that original bunch that she still wears, especially her very favourite butterfly print. This photo is originally from 2013. It still looks as beautiful now as it did then!

    Diane Kennedy in Cherry Velvet Butterfly dress

    So why are we talking about this? You may know that fast fashion, A.K.A. cheap throwaway clothing, is filling up the landfills. Deliberately poor quality fabrics and manufacturing make for unsatisfying, poorly fitting, disposable garments that get quickly discarded, with an estimated 68 lbs of textiles per American finding its way into landfills each year. Fast fashion brands prioritize selling immense amounts of dirt-cheap apparel, no matter the real cost to society and the environment.



    Diane sewing Cherry Velvet dress
    What makes us different?

      • We manufacture in local factories in BC, Canada, which operate under federal and provincial laws and regulations, enforcing a good standard for wages and worker's rights. This way, we can propel local business, and frequently drop in for pick ups and drop offs - which allows us to be aware of the real working conditions (rather than "visiting once a year").

      • We source excellent quality fabrics that can be washed and worn and will last for many years with very easy care.

      • We design dresses in proven classic and timeless styles that won't be unwanted with the latest trend.

    • We lovingly pattern and grade in a way that will truly "spark joy" (as organization guru Marie Kondo would say) when your dress fits you the way it's meant to - so you'll want to keep it forever!

    The quality and longevity of our dresses have been proven time and time again, as they've been loved for many years by our customers. And when bodies change and we need to start buying a different size, our dresses are in such a good state, they get gifted, sold and otherwise passed on - not tossed in the garbage.

    We are so proud of manufacturing our dresses in BC, and providing you with a truly excellent dress you can be sure is worth your money.

    How to be Slow Fashion Savvy poster

      XOX Cherry Velvet