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!
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.
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.
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
Here at Cherry Velvet, we’re really proud of what we do.
It’s so rewarding to see a customer’s face when the fit is just right, and the colour and pattern help create a new favourite look. We love seeing pictures on social media and hearing stories about how gorgeous we helped you look and feel. There’s also a lot of satisfaction that comes from knowing that we’re supporting the local economy by having our dresses sewn here in Vancouver, and from purchasing accessories and bath products from other BC small businesses.
We couldn’t do it without you, our wonderful, unique, beautiful customers. Your support and business means the world to us. We want to thank all of you who tell the world much you love Cherry Velvet; every tag on Facebook or Instagram, every forwarded email, and every business card you pull out of your handy dress pockets is extremely appreciated.
Whichever holiday you celebrate, we hope this season brings you much joy and laughter. May your December days be filled with friends, family, and fun – and we wish you all the best for 2019 and beyond!
XOX Cherry Velvet
We’ve created a fabulously festive collection that comes in both regular and plus sizes, so you can sashay your way through the season with style and sass!
Shrugs Two Ways
Did you know that our shrugs can be worn two ways? Make a sweet bow in front, or, if you want to show off a fabulous necklace, tie it behind the neck to create a keyhole at the back.
Norma’s Ready to Party
One of our customers’ favourite styles is the Norma – the vintage inspired cut is so very flattering! It slims your waistline, highlights your assets, and of course, has pockets.
Our Silver Filigree has all the glitter a girl could ask for, in an ornate yet timeless pattern. This show-stopper has a black background, so your favourite black heels are all you need for a cocktail-ready outfit.
For show-stopping style, 24K Gold is a sure bet. The gleaming gold fabric is incredibly striking, and is accented by black flecks that coordinate this dazzler with that fancy black purse you save for special nights out.
Sometimes, you want to be that splash of colour in the room of full of black dresses. The Norma in Garnet Shantung is the ideal choice when you’re looking for a jewel-toned stunner to make you feel festive.
Classic Styles with Shimmer
Our Lana dress also comes in several party-ready fabrics. If you’re looking for that classic little black dress with just a little something extra, the Lana in Black Shimmer has a dusting of fairy-like sparkle. Keep it subtle with simple accessories, or pair it with colourful shoes and a fabulous necklace to create a look that’s uniquely your own.
Our Dita dress can also help you create the outfit of choice for your night out. The stars shine in pure white and gleaming gold on this whimsical pattern. Originally inspired by a dress worn by Dita Von Teese herself, this pinup style features unique seaming details and a full skirt with front box pleat.
Whatever your party look, we’ve love to see you all dolled up! Tag us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter so we can see how gorgeous we helped you look.
XOX Cherry Velvet
A couple Christmases ago, our office mixologist, Logan, created this delightful cocktail and we just had to share it with you all again. We think it's the perfect holiday drink with all the sass & class that everyone expects from Cherry Velvet.
- 1oz Vodka 1/3oz Fireball (Cinnamon Whisky)
- 1oz Cherry Brandy
- 1/3oz Maraschino Cherry Syrup
- 2oz Club Soda
- 1x Maraschino Cherry (as garnish)
- Champagne Saucer (sub for martini glass)
- Cocktail Shaker with Strainer Shot Glass (for measuring)
- Metal Garnish Skewer (mini sword)
- Crushed Ice
- Combine Vodka, Fireball and Crushed Ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake until cold (5-8 seconds).
- Strain mixture into glass.
- Combine Cherry Brandy and Maraschino Cherry Syrup into the shaker (no ice). Swirl to combine (5-8 seconds).
- Pour mixture (slowly) into a glass.
- Top with Club Soda.
- Garnish with a skewered Maraschino Cherry.
We hope you enjoy it...we sure did!
XOX Cherry Velvet
It’s always exciting when we introduce a new style to the Cherry Velvet collection, and we’ve got some lovely additions that we’re eager to share!
First, meet Stacy. You asked for dresses the cover your arms and we listened; this office-ready dress has three-quarter sleeves. The chevron design at the waist draws attention to your narrowest part, and the neckline is an elongating V, making Stacy extremely flattering and versatile. Like all our Cherry Velvet favourites, Stacy has pockets, and her full skirt has excellent twirl-ability. She’s making her grand entrance in a stunning scarlet and regal purple.
We’re also added Minerva to the collection. If you love the Norma, the Minerva will also win your heart. The tucked bodice and a-line skirt are very similar, but we’ve added a sweet pointed collar and cap sleeves.
The Minerva was designed to accommodate large prints that we fell in love with, but that might not work on an entire dress. Fantastic Beasts is a perfect example – these magnificent unicorns, with their gold accents, are well-balanced on the skirt, while the bodice of this design is basic black. We love the two-piece look with one-piece convenience. And we’ve got unicorns! We have a feeling that this one will sell quickly, so don’t wait to order this magical style.
We also made the Minerva in an all-over pattern. In a classic red tartan, this pretty dress is a perfect choice for Christmas, but has year-round potential. It’s completely work-appropriate, and you can add a cardigan and boots for a more casual look.
We want to find fabrics and styles that our customers will get excited about, and that you’ll love wearing – let us know what you think of our newest additions, and what you’d like to see in future collections!
XOX Cherry Velvet
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Paige is a style that's also more accommodating of a smaller bust line.
Or the Roxy
Other choices are Shelly, Lana, Veronica and new Elizabeth (coming very soon!)
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
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.
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.
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.