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  • What's Up and Coming

    How about a little update about what's happening here at Cherry Velvet? We've settled into our new digs and we're loving it here. But we're sure you're all  wondering what's coming in the way of new and pretty things...

    For starters, coming soon is a new wool cape design for Fall in 5 beautiful shades. This item sold out last year so we've designed another updated version just for you. It's not only goes perfectly over your dresses, but you can wear it with just about anything from jeans to cosplay, and style it anyway from casual to dressy. It's the perfect weight to transition the seasons if you're in a colder climate. But if you live in a more temperate area, this could do for most of the cooler months of the year.

    Wool colour swatches

    Just to show you how great our new A Cappella Cape looks over our dresses, Veronica Belle models it over our Marie Dino Might dress. (P.S. Don't wait on this dress, some sizes are already sold out!)

    Model Veronica Belle wearing a Cape Coat by Cherry Velvet

    New for fall we've designed a blouse (we're excited!) that will be coming in 4 new prints including the music print you may have helped us name. (Winner TBD) There will also be a new necklace in music notes!🎵🎶  Here's a peek at the blouse fabrics:

     Fabric swatches

    There will also be a new Coat Dress (more details closer to the release) and another new dress style called Jacqueline that will unfortunately be coming a little later than originally planned as there has been a fabric delay. Sneak peeks of all the fabrics for this dress will be on our social media channels in the coming weeks. 

    In other news, we're thrilled to have a new staff member, Leah Tuttle. You might recognise her as she has done some modelling for us. Here she's wearing the Marlene dress in Cherry Tart-an. Leah has also been our sales agent for Western Canada for over 10 years and as such knows our brand inside and out! 

    Leah Tuttle models a red plaid Cherry Velvet dress

    We hope you've enjoyed our update. Thank-you for all your amazing messages and photos. We love you all and miss seeing you at our studio shops.

    Take Care, Be Kind and Stay Safe

    XOX Cherry Velvet

     

     

  • Frock Flashback: The Marie (New ones coming soon!)

    What better time to reminisce on past dress releases than Flashback Friday? Today we're doing just that, looking back on some of your all-time favourite prints in the unique, smart design of our Marie dress.

    This dress was named after the brainiest of babes, Polish-French scientist Marie Curie, who discovered Radium and Polonium. Many of our Marie prints, right from its inception, have been focused on things intellectual girls love.

    Right off the bat, we need to talk about its shining feature: the zipper front! That is definitely a modern take for a retro-inspired dress, and it adds so much to the design. You can play with the amount of cleavage you want to display, making it so versatile, you can wear it to work or for a fun night out!

    Zipper on Marie Dress by Cherry Velvet

    On top of that, if you've tried the Marie before, you know that the zipper's superpower is that... you never need help to zip up! Now that's smart design!

    The sharp collar and sleek lines give it a look that's both prim and proper for a cool geeky look or a little bit edgy for a rockabilly style!

    2017 Release

    Our first release was a total success. We had prints like Genius, which is like a blackboard covered in equations; Jet Set, with postcards from famous tourist spots around the world; Double Feature, with popcorn and drinks for the cinephiles; and Mini Donuts... who doesn't love mini donuts??!

    Marie dress in Genius by Cherry VelvetMarie dress in Mini Donuts by Cherry Velvet

    Genius, Mini Donuts

    Marie dress in Jet Set by Cherry VelvetMarie dress in Double Feature by Cherry Velvet

    Jet Set, Double Feature 

    2019 Release

    For last year's release, our brainy look was the Chemistry Cu-Te, an ode to all lab-dwelling beauties. The geeky Spaced Out pays homage to classic Atari video games; Jelly Jam is a marine biologist's dream with a multitude of cnidarian specimens, and Prismatic Peacock was geometric with classy gold details.

    Marie Dress in Chemistry Cu-Te by Cherry VelvetMarie Dress in Spaced Out by Cherry Velvet

    Chemistry Cu-Te, Spaced Out

    Marie Dress in Jelly Jam by Cherry VelvetMarie Dress in Prismatic Peacock by Cherry Velvet

    Jelly Jam, Prismatic Peacock

    Coming Soon

    Our upcoming release has already arrived in the warehouse, and we couldn't be more excited to share these new dresses with you! (we're just waiting for the official photos) You may have seen some of these prints on our social media as you've been helping us name them. Here is the complete assortment:

    New Marie prints by Cherry Velvet for 2020

    Floral Fireworks, Spot On, Roses Are Dead, Our unnamed Owl print, and Dino Might

    Are you excited about the new frocks? Which are your favourites? Stay tuned for a new Name That Print contest soon, and for the announcement of the release!

    We can't wait to see you in these new looks!

    XOX Cherry Velvet

  • Moving on up!

    We have some big news....!

    Cherry Velvet we're moving drawing Marie dress glow in the dark

    After many years in Vancouver, we are moving our operations to New Westminster. We close our doors in East Vancouver, at the end of June. We will definitely miss the bright and creative atmosphere of this neighbourhood; it was always so inspiring to be surrounded by local artists. 

    We've made so many memories in this studio. One of the first notable ones is our #stunningatanysize shoot which we made right before we moved into our fresh new space.

    Cherry Velvet Stunning At Any Size Photoshoot

    Since then, we've done so many photoshoots and events, What a pleasure it's been to be here. <3

    Cherry Velvet Pucker Up Party
    Cherry Velvet's "Pucker Up Party" Valentine's Day Event, 2016

    Cherry Velvet Men's Shirt Launch
    Our Men's Shirt Launch, 2017

     “What about Studio Shops and Personal Shop Appointments?”

    For the time being, it will not be possible to shop in person. However, we will be holding Pop-up Shops and doing events when it becomes safer to do so.  The best way to find out what's happening with us is to sign up for our Newsletter  (Not to mention 15% off, if it's your first online order.) 

    Getting Your Best Fit Online

    During this time of transition, we encourage you to shop online. We are always happy to help with fit and answer your questions.

    "The very best way I can accurately help you with fit is to email your measurements. It is just as important to me as it is to you to ensure your dresses fit!" ~ Diane

    Please also be sure to check out each style's specific fit guide (found on each product page).

    Don't have a tape measure? Click here for our printable, handy dandy solution!

    So that's our big announcement! :) We're so excited about the future ahead, and we always appreciate your continued support. 

    As always...more new dresses coming soon!


    XOXO 

    Diane Kennedy & The Cherry Velvet Team

  • NEW DRESS ALERT! :: Introducing The Leanne

    May me introduce you to our freshest creation... The cool, new girl in town... 
    Welcome our latest dress - The Leanne!

    We've named her after one of our most committed (and tall!) customers :)

    Customer Leanne with many dresses at Cherry Velvet
    Leanne has photos of all her Cherry Velvet prints in her phone. Isn't that smart!

    As always, it was of the utmost importance for us to design a frock that flatters. That’s why our designer, Diane, always makes 2 different patterns for each style; one for regular sizes, as well as one for plus sizes. This ensures the scaling is a perfect fit for every size.

    With this design, we aimed to create a new classic. We wanted a dress that is the ideal canvas to feature new, exciting (and most importantly, beautiful) prints. A look that’s a crowd pleaser. Gorgeous garb with new, BIGGER pockets.

    Can we all get a hell YAY!?

    Dress with pockets meme

    In this first release of The Leanne, we picked some wonderful prints that had our hearts fluttering in excitement. We’re sure there’s a print that will make your heart flutter, too!

    To demonstrate its beauty, we created these simulated images - These frocks are still factory-fresh and have not had the pleasure of having their own photoshoot yet.

    Let's begin with our "Infinity & Beyond" print. Space themes have always been highly requested, and galaxies are both beautiful and awe-inspiring. It's no wonder this subject seems to captivate so many; We're all made of stardust, after all.

    Leanne dress in Infinity & Beyond by Cherry Velvet

    From the highest height of space, to the deepest depths of our wonderous ocean, we present our "To Dive For" print! This look is all about the unique vastness under the sea, featuring beautiful reefs and colourful marine life.

    Leanne dress in To Dive For by Cherry Velvet

    Some would say this print reminds them of the classic Windows 2000 screensaver. Points for nostalgia!

    Looking for something sweeter? When you set your eyes on our "You're My Jam", which is a classic "strawberries on the vine" print, you can practically smell the Smuckers! Don it, and it dawns on you; the thought of picnics in the sunlight, daisy chains and decadent fruit pies cooling on a windowsill.

    Leanne dress in You're My Jam by Cherry Velvet
    ...At last (but not least), our two final offerings:

    Full of tropical treasures; these vibrant themes will bring summer fun with you, wherever you go. BUT! These two beauties are still unnamed, so make sure you follow us on our Facebook and Instagram, and participate in our popular, upcoming "Name That Print" contests!

    Leanne dress with Tiki Cocktail Cups print by Cherry Velvet

     Leanne dress with tropical birds print by Cherry Velvet

    We hope you love our Leanne dress, as much as we love Leanne, herself. ❤️
    It was our pleasure to announce this dress with prints it will come in and we hope this teaser has tickled your fancy!

    The Leanne is available online right now - click here to see it!

    Come try it on at our next Studio Shop:

    Friday, March 6th - 2pm to 7pm
    Saturday, March 7th - 11am 5pm

    XOX Cherry Velvet

  • That Gleam In Her Eye...

    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

     

  • A Note from Kim, our Social Media Manager

    I don’t think I’ve ever been as excited about a new job as I was on my first day at Cherry Velvet. I knew I loved the product and the brand, and I was looking forward to workdays spent using words and images to promote gorgeous dresses across the internet.

    I knew that there was an enormous amount I could learn in this role. It’s been amazing to watch the design process, and to see how a concept becomes a garment. I came to more fully understand what “Made in Canada” really means, and I was proud to be working at business run by a female entrepreneur whose business model insisted that every stitch be sewn here in BC. I also fell in love with the fabric selection process – there is so much cool stuff out there! No spoilers allowed, but let me simply say that there are some awesome dresses coming.

    Working the studio shops was incredibly rewarding. I know how difficult it can be to find outfits that make you feel good. Today’s stores are full of cheaply-made, disposable clothing that fits poorly and flatters few. At Cherry Velvet, my most memorable shoppers were the ones who came in with low expectations, defeated from past shopping disappointments. It was a joy to watch the excitement level grow when they realized that they looked amazing, not just in one dress, but in so many styles! I joined in the giddiness when shoppers discovered fabrics that suited them perfectly. Having friends who came by and ending up finding things they loved was an excellent added bonus.

    Unfortunately, my time at Cherry Velvet is ending. Why? Every time that my partner and I have visited the Okanagan, we’ve wanted to stay. He was way down the transfer list, so we thought it would be years before we could get out of the city and into the small-town life we were craving – we were shocked when we were told that he’d start at the Kelowna office in March 2019! Relocating means that I need to leave my position here.

    I started as a Cherry Velvet customer, and became a proud team member. Now, I’ll go back to buying and wearing the dresses as a consumer (this Stacy dress is at the top of my shopping list!), but I’ll keep my pockets full of business cards. I need to keep telling the world why this is a great company with wonderful products, and I will keep spreading the gospel of retro class with modern sass!

    Farewell... but not good-bye!

    XOX Kim

  • Dresses with Sleeves

    One of the advantages of being a small business is getting to know your customers. We love meeting you, seeing your photos on social media, and hearing your feedback. You told us that you want dresses with three-quarter sleeves, so here they are!

    Craving Coverage

    Many women tell us they feel more comfortable with covered arms, often because of perceived flaws. Those wonderful upper limbs that we use to carry and dance and hug get subjected to endless scrutiny. Of course, we love your arms (and all your other beautiful body parts!), but feeling confident is paramount. If you feel your best with coverage between your shoulders and elbows, we’re here to help.

    Asymmetrically Adorable

    Our Shelly dress has been one of our favourites in recent years. With a deliciously full skirt, Shelly has excellent twirl potential, and the buttoned cuffs finish the sleeves perfectly. The star of this design is the neck detail – three sweet buttons and a two angled straps draw the eye. This dress is currently available in three lovely prints.

    Ravishingly Retro

    Roxy joined our collection last year. This dress has a wonderfully vintage vibe, with an open portrait collar and a crinoline-ready skirt. The Roxy comes in five solid jewel tones, and blends beautifully with a multitude of accessories.

    Flattering Fit

    Our newest 3/4 sleeve dress is the Stacy. This cut was created to highlight your assets, with a ruched bodice and a chevron shaped underbust design that emphasizes your waistline. Right now, you can get Stacy in a spicy, fire-engine red, and a deep, regal purple – stay tuned for black and navy pinstripe versions coming soon!

    Remember, we also sell shrugs, so sleeves can be added to any of the dresses you love. And please keep telling us what you want to wear, because we’re listening!

    XOX Cherry Velvet

  • Bring on the Bling!

    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

  • Meet Kim - Our New Social Media Manager!

    Kim In Cherry Velvet Final Frontier Dress

    Hello! My name is Kim Palmer, and I am delighted to introduce myself as Cherry Velvet’s new social media manager. In the last year or so, I became a loyal customer and enthusiastic promoter of this wonderful company, and the dresses became part of the "fabric" of my life. Now, my passion has become my profession, and I’ve been asked to tell you a bit more about me and how I got here.

    I was born and raised in small-town southwestern Ontario and have been a voracious reader and constant writer for as long as I can remember. Shortly after completing a degree in English at Queen’s University, I relocated to beautiful Vancouver, BC. My employment history has included many industries: tourism, retail clothing sales, call centres, environmental consulting, and most recently, mining.

    Kim In Cherry Velvet Mermaiden Dress

    Outside of work, I feed my soul with eclectic hobbies. Every June and December, you can find me on stage with The Broadway Chorus, a local theatre group that uses existing songs to create original, fully-staged musicals. I practice and gig with a cover band we call Carbon Copy. I’m also a member of the Vancouver Lego Club, and I help to coordinate BrickCan, Western Canada’s largest public LEGO® exhibition. My other passion is figure skating; I spend more time in the stands than on the ice these days, but skating news tends to dominate my Twitter feed.

    Kim In Cherry Velvet Citrus Slice Dress

    About a year ago, some friends introduced me to Cherry Velvet online. I instantly fell in love with Shelly dress, and the variety of lovely, curvy models on the website gave me hope that the dress might work on me. I’d been struggling in recent years to figure out where to shop – so many of the stores I visited seemed to be geared to either teenagers or to an older generation. As a forty-something living on the borderline between regular and plus sizes, where were the clothes that would make me feel fabulous? I went to my first Studio Shop and was positively giddy with what I found. Twirling skirts! Colourful fabrics! Could it be… pockets?!!? I immediately bought two dresses, then started planning my next purchases.

    Kim In Cherry Velvet Nightshade Dress

    At first, I saved my dresses for “special occasions”, but I soon discovered that I could justify buying more dresses by wearing them more often. Before long, I realized that Cherry Velvet had become my signature style. Friends, co-workers, and even strangers complimented my growing collection of dresses. I began to carry business cards in the pockets (which also allowed me to show off the pockets!), and I organized group outings to the studio. Now, I’ve joined the amazing team here, and I’m dedicating myself to spreading the gospel of Retro Class with Modern Sass.

    Kim In Cherry Velvet Jet Set Dress