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  • 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:

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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    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

  • Make It! Show Vancouver

    Published Apr 26 2019 in Cherry Velvet, Cherry Velvet Dresses, cotton, Dresses, handmade revolution, Made In Canada, Made in Vancouver, Make It, Makies, Market, PNE Forum

    Over 200 Rock Star Makies brought their beautiful handmade goodies to the PNE Forum and we were there! It was our first time having a booth and it was so much fun!

    The Cherry Velvet booth at the Make It! Show in Vancouver BC with Jolie Holiday and Logan Rudrum
    Cherry Velvet's designer Diane Kennedy at the Make It! Show in Vancouver BC

    Thank you so much to all those that came out to see us and brought such good vibes. We LOVE the reaction of new customers when they discover our fun printed dresses with pockets for the very first time. We managed to fit a small fitting room in our booth and the patrons took full advantage! One of the best parts was having new Cherry Velvet devotees step out of the dressing room in one of our dresses and having passersby commenting on how amazing they looked. Unsolicited compliments are always welcome!

    Ladies trying on Cherry Velvet dresses at the Make It! Show in Vancouver BC

    Most of all we just love meeting our customers old and new. It means the world to us to be able to show you our new wonderful prints and get invaluable feedback. Our customers are the best!

    A customer trying on Cherry Velvet dresses at the Make It! Show in Vancouver BC

    What a great group of people that put on the show and participated. We're grateful to be part of such a badass group of Makies who are so positive, upbeat, and FUN. This show is well organized and so well run. 

    Cherry Velvet dresses at the Make It! Show in Vancouver BC"
    There were SO many incredible Makies, who also had amazing booths! Everything from art, jewelry, food, pottery, distilleries, nature photography, chocolate, clothing and so much more. It's such a special experience to meet like-minded entrepreneurs who share our passion and enthusiasm for doing the work they love and made locally.

    The gang from Make It! Show in Vancouver BC 2019
    We love being part of The Handmade Revolution and are so proud to make all our dresses right here in Vancouver as well as supporting other businesses that do the same. Hope to see you for the Christmas Market in December!

    "This way to the Make It! Show Vancouver BC"

    XOX Cherry Velvet