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  • 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.)

  • 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

  • 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

  • Halloween is Brewing - Our 2019 Halloween Event

    Published Oct 17 2019 in Cherry Velvet Dresses, Customer Appreciation, Halloween, Holidays

    On October 4th and 5th this year, we hosted an event at our Vancouver studio, called "Halloween is Brewing".

    Although it was quite a bit earlier in the month than these celebrations would usually be, we figured it would be a fun opportunity to get in the spirit of the season and shop for themed outfits. After all, for those who wait for this holiday all year, it's never too early to spook things up!

    Diane Kennedy and friend in The Horror print Marie dresses at Cherry Velvet's Halloween is Brewing event

    We decorated our whole studio with bats, spiders, monsters, and all things ghastly. Our dress forms were beheaded and bloody just for the occasion. Upon arrival, we had a special spot for all our flying guests to park their brooms. Diane's inspiration truly came through on our (perhaps intoxicated from too much of that "brew") witch splattered in a corner.

    Mannequin dressed as witch facing the corner at Cherry Velvet Halloween is Brewing event

    And so many hilarious captions were made for this by some of you!

    We also had Kelly, the Booze Witch with her flavour enhancers for sampling. These interesting elixirs and shrubs are made with vinegar and unique flavours such as Elderflower and Strawberry Black Pepper. Just a few drops of these delicious concoctions will add amazing flavour to beverages, seasonings, and of course, cocktails!

    Customers and Booze Witch at Cherry Velvet Halloween is Brewing event

    Julia dressed as green witch in purple Cherry Velvet dressLogan, our photographer, set up an eerie scene with a moonlit path and gate backdrop. He expertly positioned a light from the back, so the glow was as ethereal as it was actually real.

    We were also equipped with a smoke machine, for that extra freaky foggy effect that made you feel lost in the woods on a cold October night - just like Halloween should be!

    Standing in front of this set, it seemed anyone would be inspired to give out a cackle or two...




    As seen on the left, some may have really, really enjoyed the smoke.


    It was so much fun to see our customers come and have a great time at our ghastly studio, taking photos in our Halloween dresses and props. I think we can say we successfully stepped right into the spirit(s). 

    Family at Cherry Velvet Halloween is Brewing event

    Please enjoy these pictures, and if you still need your freaky frock for the spooky season - pay us a visit this week. Our studio is still decorated (although no photo area anymore, unfortunately) and we have a selection of Halloween dresses on sale - also available online!

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    Thank you all who joined and hope to see you at our next Studio Shop this weekend!

    Friday, October 18th - 2pm to 7pm
    Saturday, October 19th - 11am to 5pm
    1635 Powell St. Vancouver, BC (Free parking by the Flag Shop or right out front)🚗

    Haunted Hugs!

    XOX Cherry Velvet

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Published Oct 11 2019 in Cherry Velvet Dresses, Customer Appreciation, gratitude, Made In Canada, thanksgiving

    By Cherry Velvet Designer + Creator, Diane Kennedy.

    My wonderful customers, if it wasn’t for you, Cherry Velvet wouldn’t be here. I know that’s a bit of a cliché but it’s the honest truth. It's what gets me up in the morning and is a constant reminder that I'm truly blessed... 

    My favourite time of year (fall) makes me remember that I am literally living my dream. I knew I wanted to be a designer and make beautiful dresses for women of all sizes when was I just a little girl. Being able to fulfill that dream and continue to make my clothes exclusively in Canada makes it even more special.

    Cherry Velvet designer Diane Kennedy

    I'm especially thankful for my staff; the hardworking people that support me every single day. Logan Rudrum, my Media Director, has been my rock and unfailing support for the past 6 years. Barb Wilkins, in Customer Service, is the lovely lady that helps me take care of all of you. Julia Leal, my new Social Media Coordinator, is fitting in very well with the team. And, I'm thrilled to say, my marketing assistant, Tracy Po is getting better every day and scheduled to return to us very soon. (She was recently back at our studio for the first time during our Halloween is Brewing Event!) 

    I'm also grateful for the support of my sales agent and model, Leah Tuttle. We just finished a beautiful photoshoot with her that I'm looking forward to sharing with you. 

    Leah Tuttle and designer Diane Kennedy in Cherry Velvet dresses

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

    XOX Diane

  • Elly MayDay; Ovarian Cancer Awareness

    Published Sep 19 2019 in #onehellovawoman, Ashley Luther, Cherry Velvet, Cherry Velvet Dresses, Elly Mayday, Ovarian Cancer

    Elly MayDay for Ovarian Cancer awareness wearing a Cherry Velvet dress

    Did you know that September is the awareness month for Ovarian Cancer - a much less talked about, but very serious type of women’s cancer?  Unlike other more well-known types, there is no screening test for cancer of your #ladyballs. (This may be a somewhat controversial name for your ovaries, but it does require both knowledge and guts to beat this difficult to diagnose disease.)

    It's important for our designer, Diane, to spread awareness, as not only did this condition take her Mom at a very young age, but her Sister-in-law as well.

    You may have heard the story of one of our early models, Elly Mayday, who at the age of 25 was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer too.

    Elly Mayday with teal green hair to raise awareness for Ovarian Cancer

    We're pleased to join Forever Yours Lingerie's #Onehellvawoman High Tea and Fundraiser in honour of Elly's life and her wish to spread awareness about this difficult disease. We are proudly offering five "Dress of Your Choice" vouchers for the auction, which will raise funds for ovarian cancer research.

    Cherry Velvet raises funds for Ovarian Cancer research 

    "Please spend a few moments learning about ovarian cancer, as discovering it early enough improves your chances to treat it effectively and survive" ~ Diane Kennedy

    There is no one specific symptom for ovarian cancer, and the symptoms are generally vague and often mistakenly attributed to other causes. It’s called "the disease that whispers" or the "silent killer", as it tends to be overlooked and under-diagnosed.

    Do you do a breast self-exam every month? What about going for an annual pap test? Although these simple steps could save your life, when it comes to taking care of your #ladyballs, it's not as straightforward.

    Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

      We hope we’ve inspired you to catch up on any tests you haven’t taken lately, and brought attention to symptoms you should pay attention to. Please share this post with all the important women in your life so that they’ll be aware, too.

      XOX Cherry Velvet

    • Cherry Velvet For The Ages!

      Published Aug 22 2019 in Cherry Velvet Dresses, Dresses, fashion over 50, fashion over 60, Personal style

      Cherry Velvet dresses designer Diane Kennedy quote

      Just so you know our designer Diane is 53 and believes that you should wear fashion that makes you happy no matter what your age. It's a form of self-expression/art that you carry around with you wherever you go. Cherry Velvet dresses are made to fit many sizes and body types so that women of any age can enjoy wearing them. That's the whole idea! Wearing dresses that make you feel fantastic and look amazing but also are the foundation for your own personal style. 


      "I designed Cherry Velvet as dresses that I want to wear and feel good in. Age or body type doesn't come into this equation because I make clothing to be fun and beautiful no matter how old you are or what size you are." ~Diane Kennedy

      Recently we received an email from a customer from Montreal asking us if 60 years was too old to wear one of our dresses. Absolutely not! We assured her that we have customers of all ages and even sent her a couple of photos of one of our favourite zoomers that absolutely ROCKS our dresses. She ended up buying the Norma - Magical Garden - Fairy Dress with a Purple Samantha Shrug and matching purple crinoline and plans to wear it to her niece's wedding in a few weeks with her lilac shoes and matching jewelry. We're hoping she'll send us some photos. We LOVE getting photos of our customers in our dresses! 


      Cherry Velvet Customer photos
      ~Photo and Fashionista credit to one of our most inspiring customers, Terri from Louisiana.


      There are so many rules out there about what women can and can not wear and to them we say HOGWASH! Well, more to the point we feel like society should stop telling women what is appropriate to wear based on their age or their size for that matter. After all, a woman knows very well who she is, what looks good on her and what makes her happy. This is an earned right and no one else really needs to weigh in.

      Just the other day we had a woman come into our studio to shop for a dress for a special occasion. The first dress she tried on looked amazing on her and fit like a glove. She stood looking at herself in the mirror for a long time and then I noticed she was tearing up. She assured me that she wasn't a big crier but she was so surprised by the emotional reaction she had by just finding a garment that she felt was made for her size, that included her and made her feel like she was beautiful. At her age no less. Imagine that!

      Cherry Velvet dresses designer Diane Kennedy
      Diane is wearing the Norma - Midnight Beauty Dress


      Diane loves to watch customers reaction when they come out of the change room. When you see a persons face just light up at their own reflection and especially when they dance or twirl in the mirror, it's obvious they are in love with the way they look. She never gets tired of hearing people say, "OMG I need this dress because I look fabulous!"

      XOX Cherry Velvet

      Find your perfect dress this weekend at the Studio Shop:

      Friday August 23rd from 2pm-7pm.
      Saturday August 24th 11am-5pm.

      @ 1635 Powell Street, Vancouver B.C.

      We'd love to see you!

    • Best Tips for a Perfect Fit

      Published Aug 15 2019 in Cherry Velvet Dresses, dress size, Fit, Measurements, perfect fit, sizing

      BestTipsForAPerfectFit_Blog

      We've come up with our best tips for getting the fit of your online dress purchase right the first time. More than anything we want you to be thrilled with your Cherry Velvet dresses! Not only do we want you to LOVE the style, print, and colour, most of all we want you to love the FIT!  Because whether you're a new customer or a tried and true Cherry Velvet girl, your complete experience is truly important to us!

      “I truly feel like I’ve done my job well when a curvy girl finds THE dress, and her face lights up when she sees how perfectly it fits and how beautiful she looks” Diane Kennedy, designer.

      Best Tips: 

      1. Please measure yourself!! We can't stress this enough! Our sizes and fit are different than many other brands. Our sizing is very accurate to both regular (missy) size and plus sizes but that is a very subjective statement. What it means to us and to you is often not the same thing. Measurements don't lie though. Please don't guess! Measurements are the best chance for getting the fit right. Really!
      2. Please read the fit notes for the style you are buying. We've have been working on a revamp of this area on new styles and really hope that you, our customers will read them. While most of our dresses fit consistently there are a few rogues out there...Angelina is one or any style with stretch (spandex) We've been adding size charts to new styles as they come in.
      3. Please measure yourself and compare those numbers to the size chart. If you've never measured yourself before, don't worry it's easy! Here's our How to Measure Chart or you can watch this short, informative video.
      4. If you are unsure of your size PLEASE measure and then e-mail your measurements to us so we can help you. We are sweet little mature plus size ladies, we don't judge, we are here to help you. Our ONLY goal is to help you get the best fit. period. no judgement. ever.

      We want to help you!

      Email us here: cherryvelvetplus@gmail (dot) com

      XOX Diane and Barb

      P.S. Of course if you're local to our Vancouver studio, we're also happy to help you get your perfect fit in person. More info here

    • 10 Facts about Cherry Velvet

      Published Aug 08 2019 in Best fit, Canadian Designer, Canadian Made, Cherry Velvet Dresses, cotton dresses, Did you know?, Facts, Garment care, Limited Edition Fabrics, Made In Canada, Made in Vancouver, Pockets, Vancouver-designed, Washable Cotton

      We love our customers and it makes us so happy when you love our dresses (and us) back! We're very proud of the way we do business and wanted to share with you a few facts that you may not know:

      Fab Fact 1
      Diane Kennedy is the designer and owner of the brand. If you ever come by the studio, you'll most likely meet her and she'd love to meet you too.

      FabFact2
      By 'old-fashioned', we mean personal. It's very important to us that you get the help you need. In-person, by email or by phone. We are always here to help you!

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      We understand fit is a big concern when purchasing online. If you ever need help with sizing, please send your dress choices and measurements via e-mail so we can help you find your best fit.

      FabFact5
      If you call during regular business hours, a real person answers the phone. We are here Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Pacific Standard Time.

      FabFact_5
      Our amazing prints are hand-selected and 95% of the time are limited edition. We make almost all of our styles in small runs of 10-40 dresses. We have new styles and prints every season.

      FabFact_6
      We have a very talented photographer on staff who photographs all of our local models and creates all of our official photos and videos. 

      FabFact_7
      We use high-quality cotton fabrics that are very easy to care for and are made to last. Our dresses are machine washable and hang to dry. We suggest smoothing out the wrinkles and the pockets when you hang your dress. Most of our customers do not iron their cotton dresses, but you can if you wish.

      FabFact_8
      While some companies outsource, we design and make all our own patterns in our studio in Vancouver BC.

      FabFact_9
      It can be difficult to ensure fair pay and proper treatment standards when manufacturing clothing offshore. That's why we only use local Vancouver-area factories for our manufacturing. Diane regularly visits the various factories to oversee the production of our dresses.

      FabFact_10
      Definitely one the best facts...All of our dresses have POCKETS!!

      XOX Cherry Velvet

      Meet our #girlboss Diane at the Studio Shop this week in Vancouver:

      Friday, August 9th from 2pm - 7pm

      Saturday, Aug 10th from 11am - 5pm

      1635 Powell Street in Vancouver, BC.

      Free parking on the street (*please mind the parking signs for times) or in the parking lot beside the Flag Shop.

    • Refitting A Classic: The Doris

      Published Jul 03 2019 in Canadian Designer, Cherry Velvet Dresses, Fit, Made in Vancouver, Slow Fashion

      With our pattern maker away on maternity leave - our designer, Diane, found herself back in the sewing room - For the first time in years!

      Cherry Velvet's designer Diane Kennedy sewing

      Diane has always been very hands-on when it comes to all facets of our dresses' production. As a seasoned fashion designer, she closely manages the pattern making and fittings, as well as monitoring production at our local factories.

      Cherry Velvet's designer Diane Kennedy sewing

      Diane's background in sewing started at very early age. Fun fact - She made all her own clothes during her high school years and often sewed for other people.  In grade 9, her sewing teacher actually paid her to sew for her! With style constantly on her mind and proven "clientele" at such a young age, she knew she found her calling and has been designing ever since.

      And so, years later, with our Doris dress going into production once more, Diane wanted to make an adjustment to the pattern to improve fit. After all, even a classic can use an edit once and awhile. 

      Pattern pieces for a Cherry Velvet dress design cut out on a sewing table

      The shoulder straps, while designed to go over a bra, were fitting too wide on somebody with a narrower shoulder. Diane administered a fit correction to the pattern and took the opportunity to sew herself a new dress in our Spinderella print, so she could test out the correction.

      After this most recent session at the sewing machine, Diane was so delighted to remember how much she loved to sew - even after so many years! It's true; you never forget your first love ❤️

      "It's such a wonderfully satisfying feeling to be able to design, make the pattern and complete a dress from start to finish". - Diane Kennedy 

      Diane's style of designing dresses has always been this kind of old-fashioned, "use all the best ingredients" approach. From the 100% cotton prints she carefully chooses to the YYK zippers that are a well-known industry standard, Diane's passion can be seen in her commitment to her designs.

      Cherry Velvet's mission statement has always been to create a line of classic garments with exceptional fit and we hope this behind-the-scenes peek at our designer's process has helped illustrate her devotion for design!

      XOX Cherry Velvet