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  • 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

  • That Gleam In Her Eye...

    Published Jun 28 2019 in Cherry Velvet, Customer Appreciation, Fashion, handmade revolution, jewelry, Made In Canada, what's new

    As a proudly Canadian company, we love working with local brands and businesses that exemplify the level of care & quality that we maintain ourselves.

    ...So...that being said...

    ...have you met Pam? ♥️

    Pam of Mirror Mirror Bijoux

    She's the lovely face & talented hands of Mirror Mirror Bijoux, a well-known local jewellery designer here in Vancouver, BC and an overall entrepreneurial force.

    She also loves our dresses 😘 (She's Team Chrissy!)

    Pam's Closet

    Under MMB, she designs and handmakes vintage-inspired jewellery that echoes old Hollywood glamour. Primarily working in crystal and glass, she adds elegant detail like ethereal finishes that sparkle like the night's sky. 

    She’ll often also incorporate real vintage beads or brooches into her pieces, giving that legit Vintage vibe.

    Mercury glass Tiffany Atomic Necklaces

    CV Aficionados will be quite familiar with her & MMB, we not only carry her jewellery, including exclusive pieces, but she sometimes drops by our events...



    ...and often pops in to collaborate with our designer, on the next beautiful baubles to go with our dresses. 



    Whenever they meet, they pour over a multitude of beads and pendants, to create complementary pieces that add versatility and flair to our clients' wardrobe. 
    Amethyst Sparkle WIP

    Amethyst Sparkle

    Recently, she's branched out to save us all from the worst thing imaginable...A bad hair day!
    Have you tried a Great Hair Day Turband? We have!

    White Turband

    They're easy-to-wear, insta-wow accessories for those days when a ponytail or plain ol' hat simply won't do.



    Want to try one? Pam will be on hand at our next studio shop weekend @ 1635 Powell Street with a variety to try!  

    Friday :: July 5th :: 2pm-7pm 
    Saturday :: July 6th :: 11am-5pm 


    We hope you enjoyed this little spotlight on one of our favourite local entrepreneurs.
    We think it's so important to support our fellow #womeninbusiness ♥️

    XOX Cherry Velvet

     

  • Events Calendar NOW LIVE!

    Published Jun 07 2019 in Cherry Velvet, Cherry Velvet Dresses, Customer Appreciation, Dress, Dresses, Made In Canada, New Arrivals, what's new

    ...We interrupt your regularly scheduled blog post for an ANNOUNCEMENT!

    Ever since we started holding regular open studio shop weekends, we've wanted to make sure ya'll can Save-The-Dates on our events as soon as you can. We understand how busy life can get and want to ensure everyone has a chance to get some retail therapy in. #selfcare is a thing, after all 😉

    Studio Shop Collage

    Have a peek at this month below & bookmark our new Events Page!

    2019 June Cherry Velvet Calendar

     

    Can't make it out? Can't wait? :: Book a Personal Shopping Appointment with us! ::  

    We can't wait to see y'all! ♥️

    XOX Cherry Velvet

     

    BLOGGIN' NEXT WEEK :: PART 2 of our customer spotlight on The Snow Family. 

     

     

  • The Snow Family: A "Cherry" Tale (Part 1)

    Published May 31 2019 in Cherry Velvet, Customer Appreciation, Made In Canada

    In the many years that we have been in operations here in beautiful Vancouver, BC, we've watched our customers come and grow into an enthusiastic, body positive community. 

    Feeling so blessed to have such wonderful people supporting us, we wanted to take a moment or two to recognize one such family, who have been delighting us at our studio with their excitement and charm since 2014.

    May we present to you, The Snow Family.

    Science Shirt and Retro Dress Family

    You might recognize Jon, the provocative patriarch, as our erstwhile model for our Men's line of shirts...

    Cocktail Print Mens Shirt

    But the real Belle of the Ball is the buxom and beautiful, Brandi Snow. 

    Tea Cup Print Retro Dress Plus Size

    ...And of course, we cannot forget our "Littlest Velvet", Miss Isobel!

    Adaline Cats Retro Dress

    Even though we don't offer Girls' sizes, we love that Isobel can't get enough of our styles.
    It warms our heart to see how much she loves to match with her mum & dad. 

    Dinosaur Dress Mens Shirt

    But it touches us even more than she's always the first to our door, so eager to help out the team. We love our little Hanger-wrangler! With fashion on her mind, we may have a young designer in our midst... 

    Cherry Velvet Dresses Patterns

    We love that each member actually has their own favourite look -

    Of course Jon loves all our Mens' shirts, but as a lover of all things V, the Chrissy & Marie are Jon's fave dresses (who doesn't love adjustable cleavage?) Both Isobel and Brandi are currently Team Brigitte, with our Pandamonium Print on point.

    Panda Print Retro Dress

    But Brandi admits that she will always have a fond place her in heart for one of her first styles (and one of our earlier designs), a little number named, "Melody". 

    Tea Cup Retro Dress Mad Hatter Tea Party

    We think it's so neat that Jon was able to send us this old snap from a past Studio Shop way back at our old Gastown location. 

    ...Could this have been the very moment she decided to say "Yes" to the Dress? ;)

    Stay tuned! In next week's blog, Brandi shares her thoughts on aging gracefully and why 95% of her wardrobe is Cherry Velvet dresses! <3

    XOX Cherry Velvet