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  • A Library of Dress Designs: Chapter "G - I"

    Published Apr 09 2021 in #10yearanniversary, #canadianfashion, #cherryvelvet, #ethicalfashion, #pinupdress, #vintagedress

    Wow, we've sure made a lot of styles over the years for you to enjoy; so many that it's hard to remember them all! It's been so fun to look back at our dress designs, remember how they came about and reminisce over the prints that were carefully chosen for them. 

    This week is all about the 'G' dresses (we never found a cute 'H' name to make any 'H' dresses). We're even giving you the story of our newest dress that's almost here; even though it's not officially online yet...the Isobel dress! (P.S. We just added a few to "Coming Soon"


    The Gigi sundress debuted in the Spring of 2012. With it's wide, bra covering straps and sweetheart neckline, it was a real charmer. Popular prints included gingham, birdcages and Moorish tiles. The brightest colour combos were the first to sell out.

    Cherry Velvet Gigi Dress


    Cherry Velvet Gigi Dress

     It's also fun to look back at some of our early marketing....

    Cherry Velvet Gigi Dress


    Think of a perfect dress for a Hawaiian vacation and something close to the Ginger might come to mind. Even the prints were tropical. Named after Ginger from Gilligan's Island, she had some serious sex appeal. She was one of the few dresses we did with a pencil skirt. It also had the sweet addition of a tie belt.

    Cherry Velvet Ginger Dress

     Cherry Velvet Ginger Dress


    The Grace was a sweet and flirty little sundress. She appeared only once in the summer of 2013 although we did make a similar style later called the Phoebe. She had some seriously cute nautical prints and also one that was aptly named Spirograph.

    Cherry Velvet Ginger Dress

     Cherry Velvet Ginger Dress

     Cherry Velvet Ginger Dress

    Cherry Velvet Ginger Dress

    Cherry Velvet Ginger Dress

    Cherry Velvet Ginger Dress


    Our youngest fan is the inspiration for the name of our newest sundress. Isobel, also known as "The Littlest Velvet", loved visiting our studio with her parents. Her mom, Brandi, is a long-time customer with a full closet of fabulous CV dresses, and her dad, John, modelled our men's shirts for us. Isobel herself owns 3 Cherry Velvet dresses that she used to wear just for dress-up to be like her mom. This photo was from a very early visit to our studio with her Dad. For a school project she was trying out being a fashion designer for the day. It warms my heart to name a dress after this sweet girl. 
    Isobel, the littlest Cherry Velvet girl

    Isobel's namesake is a fun and versatile sun dress with a little something extra; a front zipper that allows you to decide whether or not you want to share a peek of cleavage. You'll want one of these if you've owned a Marie dress and love a front zip. Isobel will debut in a series of bright and flirty prints any minute now - we can't wait to share them with you!

    XOX Love Diane

  • Bon Voyage Julia!

    Published Mar 04 2021 in #cherryvelvet, #moving, #pinupgirl, #socialmedia, #vintagedress

    We're overdue to write an update and tell you all about Julia; our talented Cherry Velvet Social Media Coordinator. We're grateful to have this amazing artist working with us since 2019. Recently, Julia has taken over as our Digital Designer and also writes the Cherry Velvet newsletters among other important creative contributions. Her attention to detail, sweet personality and great sense of style make her a highly valued member of our team.

    Julia Leal models a Cherry Velvet Marlene dress with designer Diane KennedyJulia first came to Canada as an exchange student in 2014 and soon met her future husband here, whom she wed in 2019.

    Julia Leal weddingAs sometimes happens in life, things don't go according to plan, and Julia was not permitted to extend her stay in Canada at this time so they are choosing a dramatic change of location. The happy couple is currently en route to Europe and their new home in the fantastic city of Berlin (her husband is an EU citizen). Julia says she's trying to stay open to what the universe is bringing her and she will make the best of this new adventure. She's looking forward to seeing more of the world, learning a new language, and trying out lots of new foods... once the pandemic restrictions are lessened of course.

    Julia Leal models a Cherry Velvet Marlene dress

    Julia Leal models a Cherry Velvet Marlene dress
    The silver lining is that Julia will still be part of our CV team once she is settled in her new home, and her artistic skills will continue to be appreciated here. We are sad that she's leaving the country but glad that she's still going to work with us. We wish her a heartfelt Bon Voyage; a safe journey and look forward to seeing some of her adventures. Julia's next chapter is just beginning...

    XOX Cherry Velvet

  • Cherry Cheer Contest Winners!

    Published Jan 08 2021 in #cherrycheer, #cherryvelvet, #contest, #happynewyear2021, #shoplocal, #vintagedress, #winners

    Over the Holidays, we welcomed you to share your Cherry Cheer with us, in the form of pictures of your precious moments in Cherry Velvet style. We tremendously enjoyed seeing your gorgeous photos (and many furry friends), and now we have reached that moment we've all been waiting for.

    Without further are the winners!

    Drum roll please!

    Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to everyone that sent some Cherry Cheer our way over the holidays! It was so delightful to see your posts and you genuinely filled our hearts with cheer and happy smiles.

    Third Place

    Megan in Brooke Acutely Monochrome dress Megan in Brooke Acutely Monochrome dress

    Megan Chambers gets an A for outstanding effort with her clever and beautiful hello to 2021! She'll get to choose one of our new Sophia Shrugs in the colour of her choice.

    Second Place

    Monica in Marie Spot On dress

    Monica Benoit clearly needed to be our second prize winner for braving the chilly Canadian winter! We'll be sending her a beautiful Evergreen Cape to help her keep warm!

    First Place

    Genevieve in Dita Golden Galaxy dress

    How lovely is first prize winner Geneviève Parisé, in her Dita dress and victory rolls, in this beautiful retro black and white photo. Genevieve is the lucky recipient of a Cherry Velvet dress and crinoline of her choice!

    Random gift card draw

    Awarded earlier were our gift card winners, @elizabethkinsey and @kitskt - lucky gals!

    Elizabeth in Norma Love Ink dress kitskt in Norma Red Rose dress

    And of course, all your lovely entries made it very hard to pick the winners! Browsing through the #CherryCheer tag on Instagram and Facebook has been truly fun.

    Plus, we had to make an honorable mention to all the pet friends that made our hearts fuzzy in so many entries ♥️


    Please know we appreciated each and every one of you and your beautiful photos.

    Thank you for spreading the Cherry Cheer and we hope we brought a little fun and excitement to your holiday season too!

    Happy 2021!

    XOX Cherry Velvet

  • Show us your Cherry Cheer!

    Published Dec 10 2020 in #cherrycheer, #cherryvelvet, #contest, #holiday, #shoplocal, #vintagedress

    Extra Extra It's Cherry Cheer Contest Time

    Let's show everyone our Cherry Cheer!

    In my neighbourhood the lights are up and sparkling trees peek through the windows. Now it’s your turn to shine! We’re inviting you all to decorate yourself with your prettiest Cherry Velvet frocks and show us your socially distant holiday spirit.

    Show us your baking, your lights, your trees, and how you are celebrating. We want to see your prettiest eye shadow, your sparkly jewelry, your megawatt smiles and tons o' Cherry Cheer. Be creative, be festive, and share your photos publically on your own social media pages to spread the Cherry Cheer far and wide.

    Yes, there's more! We've got an impressive line up of prizes. First prize is a dress and crinoline of your choice. Second prize is a beautiful Evergreen Cape. Third prize is one of our new Sophia shrugs. Plus there will be random prizes of gift certificates and Cherry Bucks too. There's lots of prizes to go around so get creative and enter often!

    A few tips: Make sure your lighting is good and your dress looks its best. Please no collages, we want to see single photos. As long as you're showing us your holiday cheer pretty much anything goes.*

    Please share your photos using the hashtags #cherrycheer #cherryvelvet

    Cherry Velvet designer Diane Kennedy wearing a green plaid dress

    You've got this! Smile for the camera!! And GO!

    Stay Safe!

    XOX Diane

    *Full contest details on our website here