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  • Giving Great Gifts

    Published Nov 22 2018 in gift

    ‘Tis the season... to stress about finding that certain something for every special someone! Fear not, because Cherry Velvet is here to help.

    Gift Certificates – Always a Fit

    Very few can resist the joy of shopping! Cherry Velvet would be delighted to create a voucher in whatever denomination works for your budget. That way, your daughter can pick out exactly what she wants either online or at our studio, and you don’t have to worry about sizing or returns.

    Barefoot Venus – Bath and Body Bliss

    We’ve recently added Barefoot Venus to the Cherry Velvet family. These deliciously-scented skin care products are made by three beautiful BC sisters, and their gorgeous package design makes them extremely gift-worthy. Say thanks to a teacher or coach, or keep a set on hand for when you get that unexpected dinner invite – any hostess would be delighted with a treat from Barefoot Venus!

    Retro Jewelry – Bling for the Win

    When you see our dresses via our website, on social media, or in an email, you’ll notice that our models are often wearing lovely necklaces and earrings. We love the retro-style pieces made right here in Vancouver by Mirror Mirror Bijoux, and we think they’re a perfect match for Cherry Velvet’s vintage-inspired look. That’s why we sell this jewelry on our website. Choose a special piece for your mom and watch her eyes sparkle when she opens the box!

    Erstwilder Brooches – Unique and Sweet

    Brooches add wonderful whimsy to plain cardigans and jackets, and Erstwilder makes delightful designs in bright resin. The charm and personality of these pieces makes each one a wonderful gift, and they come boxed with custom stories. Whether your sister loves cowboy boots, fairies, or cherry blossoms, an Erstwilder brooch could be the present with just the right personal touch.

    Men's Shirts – Style for Your Guy

    Don't forget that Cherry Velvet has an exclusive collection of men's wear. Funky fabrics in a classic fit make these button-ups anything but ordinary. Tell your husband to prepare for compliments when he wears one of these great garments!

    Dresses... as Gifts?

    Buying clothing as a present can be a bit of a gamble, but if you have a devoted Cherry Velvet fan in your life, you might be able to limit the risk factor. We stock favourite styles in many fabulous fabrics, and we’re happy to look into a customer’s ordering history to help you with a surprise. For example, if we can figure out that your bestie has a Norma dress in 0X, and you know that she loves red roses, then buying her the Norma in Midnight Beauty could be the best gift ever!

    Shipping and Wrapping – Finishing Touches

    Let us know if you’re purchasing an item as a gift and you’d like it sent directly to the recipient. We’ll exclude the invoice from the packaging, and do what we can to make the packaging special.

    We hope everyone’s holiday season is off to a sensational start. As always, get in touch with us via email or social media if we can help with any order!

    XOX Cherry Velvet

  • Barefoot Venus Bath & Body Joins the Cherry Velvet Line-up

    Published Nov 09 2018 in Barefoot Venus, bath & body, gift

    We’re excited to bring Canadian-made skin care to our website and showroom: please join us in welcoming Barefoot Venus to the Cherry Velvet world!

    If you’ve been to our Studio Shop, you may have used the divine-smelling hand soap in our washroom or noticed its gorgeous vintage-themed packaging. Well, it’s made by Barefoot Venus, and we loved their products and philosophy so much that we wanted to give our customers the opportunity to discover and enjoy it.

    Barefoot Venus crafts bath and body indulgences in Kelowna, BC, Canada. There’s a lot to appreciate about this company. First of all, as proud Canadians, we look for ways to support others who make their products in our home and native land. We’re all about women supporting women, and Barefoot Venus is run by three lovely sisters. We also are very aware of what we put on our skin, and this skin care uses natural ingredients – no paraben, propylene glycol, or synthetic colours. These soaps and lotions smell and feel wonderful, and are beautifully packaged with colourful graphics that speak to our retro-inspired souls.

    We’ll be selling a variety of gift sets on our website, with other delights available in our studio. With scents like Maple Blondie, Coconut Kiss, and Ruby Red, these treats are perfect holiday presents and stocking stuffers. Keep one on hand this December, just in case you suddenly need a hostess gift! Of course, we all need to practice a little self-care around Christmas, so why not indulge yourself with some Canadian-made bath and body bliss?

    XOX Cherry Velvet

  • Meet Kim - Our New Social Media Manager!

    Published Oct 26 2018 in Kim, social media manager, staff updates, what's new

    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

  • Smaller bust? We have dresses to fit YOU!

    Published Oct 12 2018 in Chrissy, Fit, Measurements, Paige, Roxy

    A question that we get asked a lot is what style of Cherry Velvet dress will fit me if I am smaller to medium-sized (B or C cup) in the bust. We've written this blog post to help you find your best fit and address this very question.

    One of the best examples of this is our Chrissy dress (more Chrissy dresses will come in Spring 2019 too)

    Chrissy Dress In Lip ServiceChrissy Dress In Lip Service 2

    Paige is a style that's also more accommodating of a smaller bust line.

    Paige Dress In Split DotPaige Dress In Split Dot 2

    Or the Roxy

    Roxy Dress In GarnetRoxy Dress In Garnet 2

    Other choices are Shelly, Lana, Veronica and new Elizabeth (coming very soon!)

    New Fall Dresses

    We try our best to accommodate all sizes and shapes but it's not always possible to fit everybody. However, we're always happy to help you get a great fitting dress in an honest and friendly way. And the best way to do that is by taking your measurements with a proper tape measure and then emailing us:

    Bust: Fullest part of your bust (this is NOT your bra size)

    Underbust: Right where the bra goes around your chest under your bust.

    Waist: Smallest part of your torso

    Hips: Widest part of your lower body (this could be your stomach or the top of your thighs)

    Height: Just in case you didn't know :)...the distance from the soles of your feet to the top of your head.

    We've created this short instructional video to show you how easy it is to get your measurements.

    That's it! If you have any questions about fit, we are always here help. Just so you know we are plus size ladies ourselves and there is no judgment here ever!

    XOX Cherry Velvet

  • It's lit: The Green Goddess Dress

    Published Sep 24 2018 in 420, 420 Friendly, Bill-C45, Canadian Legislation, Cannabis, Dress, Green, Legal, Limited Edition, marijuana, New Arrivals, New Dress, Norma, Pin Up, Plants, Pot

    Here's to you, Bud.

    On Oct 17, Bill-C45 (the federal legalization of recreational marijuana) comes into effect, making it legal to light up all across Canada. We've decided to recognise this occasion by creating a colourful, limited edition cannabis-inspired dress called Green Goddess.

    The Norma Dress In Green Goddess - Front The Norma Dress In Green Goddess - Front CropThe Norma Dress In Green Goddess - BackThe Norma Dress In Green Goddess - Fabric Swatch

    Bill-C45 marks a historic change in law and viewpoint towards marijuana and the marijuana industry (in Canada) as a whole. This "little green dress" is our way of commending all those who helped make this new freedom possible. You can read our official press release for the Green Goddess dress below.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    SEPTEMBER 17, 2018

    BC DESIGNER CELEBRATES OCT. 17 WITH LIMITED EDITION CANNABIS-THEMED DRESS

    Cherry Velvet brings old-school glamour to Canada’s party

    A celebrated Lower Mainland fashion designer is marking Canada’s historical decision to legalize recreational marijuana with a beautiful cannabis leaf-themed vintage style dress that is perfect for celebrating the big day, but any fashionista that wants to be the centre of attention at the party needs to move fast!

    Diane Kennedy, owner, and designer-in-chief at Cherry Velvet, was inspired by the historic change in law to create the Green Goddess dress, an eye-catching take on the classic ‘50s look that is expertly cut to accentuate the curves and lend some old-fashioned glamour to any modern setting. The epitome of mid-century panache, it features more than a nod to modern aesthetics and comfort. Slimming at the waist, the dress has an invisible back zipper, hidden side seam pockets, and a full skirt.

    Diane, who is native to Vancouver, said, “Just like the best bud, all of our dresses are ethically produced here in beautiful Vancouver, BC. I choose Cherry Velvet’s fabrics not only for their luxurious feel and high quality but also for their attitude. I love florals, polka dots, plaids, and old-school tattoos, but when I saw this material, I knew that I had to create something memorable.”

    In fact, the Green Goddess is so special that it’s a strictly limited-issue dress, with only 15 up for grabs for any girl wanting to commemorate the big day in classic Cherry Velvet style. They are available for purchase at Cherry Velvet’s studio by appointment at 1635 Powell Street, Vancouver, where customers can receive personal attention from Diane, or online at cherryvelvetplus.com.