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  • Spot Picks For Retro Clicks

    Published Aug 14 2020 in Diners, Parks, Photography, Pin Up, Retro, Vancouver, Vintage

    Sharing the joy of your vintage-inspired outfit is just as much fun as putting it together. And choosing a special location to snap your share is just another way to extend the fun, right? For inspiration, here's our insider's list of photo shoot locations and favourite spots in and around Vancouver. 

    Stanley Park Rose Garden

    610 Pipeline Rd, Vancouver

    Doris dress in Black and Red polka dot on Kristen

    Established in 1920, this is a perfect place for some true vintage romance, which makes it a popular photoshoot location. Visit between June and August to catch the beautiful floral displays, and get your picture among the blossoms or under the vintage gazebos.

    Burnaby Art Gallery

    6344 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby

    Shimona in Doris dress at the Burnaby Art Gallery

    Burnaby's art museum is located at the historic Fairacres Mansion, a 1910 Edwardian style building. Outside are beautiful staircases and grounds surrounded by a pictureque garden as well as the lake nearby. This whole location has many photo-worthy spots!

    Sophie's Cosmic Cafe

    2095 West 4th Ave, Vancouver

    Sophies Cosmic Cafe Vancouver

    This diner was opened in the '80s, and its style is pure retro glory. The kitschy artwork, eclectic decor, bright red barstools and pink booths will have you snapping pictures the whole time! 

    Gastown's Hotel Europe

    43 Powell St, Vancouver, BC

    Leah in Marlene dress Written In The Stars at Hotel Europa Gastown

    Incredibly picturesque, this six-story heritage building from 1909 resembles a tiny version of a "flat iron" building. Stand on Gastown's cobblestone streets and have your picture taken with Hotel Europe in the background for a super vintage look!

    Lucy's Eastside Diner

    2708 Main St, Vancouver

    Lucy Diner In Vancouver

    This spot opened in 2010, and it's been an absolute gem ever since. It's open 24-hours (omg right?), and the decor is perfect inside and outside. The turquoise on the wall is one of our favourite colours, and the orange countertops have retro boomerang patterns!

    Locomotive 374 at Roundhouse Community Centre

    181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver

    Ruby Roxx in Elly dress at the Roundhouse Locomotive

    This antique engine was retired in 1945 after many decades of transporting passengers, and has since been renovated and placed on permanent display at the Roundhouse Community Centre. It is open to the public, and you can even climb on it for some beautiful vintage shots!

    Paramount Theater

    652 Columbia St, New Westminster

    Marie dress in "Spot On" by Cherry Velvet at Paramount Theatre

    This historical location was first opened as the Edison Vaudeville Theatre in 1910, and was later renamed. Currently it offers adult entertainment, but you might recognize it from the movie Twilight or shows like Sabrina. The beauty of this location is the gorgeous neon sign outside, fun to pose with. 

    Hopefully we've inspired you to take some photos of your own. Make sure to wear your favourite Cherry Velvet dress and share your photos with us!

    And if you're not from Vancouver, we would love to know - what retro spots should we make sure to visit in your city?

    Stay safe & get clicking!

     

    XOX Cherry Velvet

  • Cherry Velvet + Fluevogs

    Published May 29 2020 in Canadian Designer, Cherry Velvet, Dresses, Fluevog, John Fluevog, Vancouver

    It's the age old question...Which comes first - The shoes or the dress? 😉

    It's no secret that our designer, Diane, has a bit of a thing for a certain local company...you may know them as Vancouver's own Fluevog Shoes! Our customers also follow suit (or is that shoes?), often pairing our lovely frocks with this fabulous footwear. In fact, it's not unusual for some of our customers to buy a new pair and then turn to us for a matching dress.

    Recently, one of our regulars, Jacqueline, was considering purchasing a pair of colour blocked beauties (called "Fellowships Sandra") and asked if we had a dress that would compliment them. Challenge accepted! Diane suggested our Waterfront Dress in Fables which turned out to be a perfect match! 

    With an antique vibe, this literary print features heirloom fairy tale covers (with such titles like Pinocchio, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty.) You can practically smell the leather bindings. Add these Vogs and you have a perfectly happy ending. 

    Fluevog Shoes with Waterfront dress in Fables by Diane Kennedy for Cherry Velvet

    Why stop there? Jacqueline went on to fall in love with a couple of our new Brooke dresses. She requested a personal shopping appointment and brought with her a bagful of beautiful shoes, including a pair called "Hopefulls Bliss". In the past, we haven't had a dress to match this particular shade of pink. But our Brooke in "Love Triangle" dress fits the bill admirably.

    John Fluevog Shoes in Pink with Cherry Velvet Broke dress in Love Triangle


    Fluevog Shoes just celebrated their 50th anniversary, which is an incredible milestone. To celebrate, they designed a pair of platinum gold shoes, called "Minis Zaza" and Diane was lucky enough to score a pair herself. When they arrived in the mail, she immediately knew our Brooke in "Sherwood Shimmer" would be "The One".

    Diane Kennedy in the Cherry Velvet Brooke dress in Sherwood Shimmer

    So many of our dresses have a subtle touch of gold in them - They make beautiful pairings for these stunning shoes! Check out below, some of Diane's favourite pairings: From left to right - Our Waterfront Dress in Regency, Angelina in Dragonfly in Amber, and Brooke in Sherwood Shimmer.

    Cherry Velvet dress prints with Fluevog Zaza shoes in Gold

    Congrats to John Fluevog for his amazing achievement of 50 years in business. It always brings us great joy to see our Cherry Velvet dresses paired with his beautiful "Works of Shoes".

    XOX Cherry Velvet