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  • A Blast From The Past: Atomic Attire

    Published Jul 17 2020 in atomic, Cherry Velvet, inspiration, jewelry, mid-century modern, Vintage Inspired

    Diane from Cherry Velvet flying on a rocket with a drink

    We simply wouldn't have “Retro Class with Modern Sass”, if we didn't recognize how inspired we are by Mid-Century Modern (MCM) design! This post-war movement was popularized between 1945-1969 and is characterized by simple, sleek lines with an uncluttered, minimalist aesthetic. As you can tell, it is still celebrated today!

    Here at Cherry Velvet, we are definitely drawn to the kitschy, fun designs and colourful palettes of the Atomic Era, which coincided with the rise of MCM.

    Atomic era barkcloth designs

    Why was it called The Atomic Era? Around the 1950s, nuclear power and space exploration had quickly become household phrases, and the world was excited about this new kind of energy. It symbolized the potential our future held and everyone was obsessed. And so, this era produced bright, cheery designs; demonstrating the positive outlook the world had at the time.



    From fashion design to transportation, Atomic was the way!

    Atomic era fashion and car design

    Cherry Velvet's Atomic Necklace Sets

    So let's come back to the future! – Some of our most MCM items at Cherry Velvet are our handmade necklace sets, custom designed by local jeweller, Mirror Mirror Bijoux. From their galactic sparkle to their scientific-inspired design, these glass bead beauties definitely echo that Atomic appeal.

    Atomic necklaces by Mirror Mirror Bijoux
    Royal Atomic Set | Black Atomic Set | Rainbow Atomic Set | Atomic Tiffany Set

    Now, we would be remiss to ignore a few of our most stellar prints!

    Below are a few of our favourite MCM prints in our latest collection - Paired with our aptly named necklace sets. From jewellery to dresses, these looks are out of this world 😉:

    Brooke in “Love Triangle”

    Brooke dress in Love Triangle

    With its uncomplicated illustrations, geometry theme and contrasting colours, this fun print is a great example of the simple, clean drawings popular in comics and cartoons at the time.

    Norma in “Kitschy Cocktails” & “High Spirits”

    Norma dress in Kitschy Cocktails

    Norma dress in High Spirits

    Which brings us to these next looks! These Kitschy-cool prints fully embodies the lighthearted, playful vibe of the period. Times were booming, so people were living it up! If Mad Men taught us anything, it's that Happy Hour meant all hours

    Doris in “Pickup Sticks”

    Doris dress in Pickup Sticks

    Our newest dress to touch down on earth, this print features straight lines and subtle dots, against a tidy black background. It deftly illustrates the stark, yet striking impact this minimalist style can have!

    What a fascinating and optimistic time in our history, don't you think? Suffice to say, this aesthetic has had and continues to have such an significant impact in our culture and it's such a testament to the hopes and dreams we have for our future. We love it!

    So, how does the Retro culture inspire you? Tell us in the comments!

    XOX Cherry Velvet

     

  • 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

     

  • Bring on the Bling!

    Published Jan 11 2019 in jewelry, New Arrivals, Pin Up, what's new

    A fabulous necklace or pair of earrings can add just the right finishing touch to any of our vintage-inspired dresses. When that retro style jewelry is handmade right here in beautiful British Columbia, it just makes sense for us to offer it on our website and in our studio. Choose your favourite!

    Signature Sparkle

    It’s no secret that we love cherries. Our new Cherry Bling set celebrates this iconic fruit with a truly delicious dose of glitter. The red version is available now, and the pink and maroon versions will be online soon.

    Hot Stuff

    For a truly “striking” look, check out our Light My Fire necklace. Inspired by matchstick-themed textile prints from the 1940's, the metal pendants and earrings have hand-enameled red tips.


    Captivating Shades of Shimmer

    There’s definitely some magic in our Atomic Lights set. This dazzler captures the eye, reflecting shades of purple, magenta, blue, turquoise, and green.


    Awesome Atomic

    If you keep an eye on our website, you’ll have noticed that many of our models have been wearing our Atomic necklaces. The Black Atomic is infinitely versatile, and we also adore the Burgundy, Hot Pink, and Ruby Red versions. With mid-century modern design and lustrous glass beads, you’ll want them all!


    (If you’re wondering about that adorable bowling fabric, stay tuned... It’s a sneak peek at our upcoming Strikes & Spares dress.)

    Whichever set you choose, remember to snap a photo and tag us on social media – we love to see how you make these pieces your own!

    XOX Cherry Velvet