Warehouse Sale!

DianeKennedy_WarehouseSale_Aug16_2It’s that time of year again! Despite summer never truly starting here in Vancouver this year, we’re announcing the end of our summer here at Diane Kennedy with our annual Warehouse Sale! We need to make room for our upcoming Fall season and that means some amazing deals on previously discounted items such as our Function Tunic!

One of our favourite items, The Function Tunic is currently available in solid colours, in addition to 4 fantastic prints (Crocodile, Static, Graphic & Black Rose).

Why is it one of our favourites? Because it’s so fashion-functional! From the flattering wide collar to the slimming paneled design, this tunic has it all AND pockets to boot. All in our signature bamboo fabric. From August 9 to August 21st, receive an additional 20% off our Sales Items such as this tunic. Just use code DKWS20 when placing your order online.

Local to Vancouver? If you’re able, come visit us for our FINAL Studio Shop of the Summer!

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The regular priced tops above & much more will be available to try at our showroom on these dates!

On Friday, August 19 (2pm-7pm) + Saturday, August 20 (11am-5pm) we will be holding a studio shop in conjunction with our Warehouse Sale. All the same Sales Items that are currently available online will also be at your finger tips inside our East Vancouver studio, at the same additional 20% off!

If you’ve never had the opportunity to try our garments, this is your perfect chance! You’ll never feel anything as soft and luxurious as our signature bamboo fabric. And if you’re already a fan, this is a great chance to complete your DK wardrobe with items you’ve had your eye on in the past. Quantities and sizes are limited on some items, so shop early for the best selection!

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**Fine Print**
The 20% Warehouse Sale discount only applies to items found in the Sales Items section. This discount cannot be combined with any other promotions and/or offers. Sales Items pricing will not reflect the 20% discount until the discount code DKWS20 is applied in the online checkout area.

Vancouver Inspires!

Vancouver Like all creatives, fashion designers look at what’s around them to inspire them in their craft. It’s no different here at Diane Kennedy, and we’ve never been shy about how much we love the city around us. This coming season, we’ve chosen our gorgeous city of Vancouver as inspiration for our 2016 Fall/Winter Collection. To prepare our fans for our upcoming collection, we’re taking a moment to share some of our Vancity-inspirations.

Despite the bustling modern vibe of Downtown Vancouver, there’s also a rich history of strong architecture in a few of the buildings. One such building, located in the Financial District, is renowned for its Art Deco details and was once the tallest building in the British Empire.

Behold, The Marine Building.

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At 321 feet & 22 floors on its opening in 1930, The Marine Building on Burrard Street was considered the tallest skyscraper in the city until 1939.

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Aptly named, the building’s aesthetic evokes the image of a large stony peak rising from the sea, covered in nautical flora and fauna. Carved into the walls and brass doors are ocean scenes intermingled with modes of transportation at the time, such as horses and dirigibles.

Marine Building Details

We love the Art Deco style of this building so much that it inspired us to introduce a new detail for Fall; embroidery! You heard it here, first; we’ve created a few lovely Deco-inspired embroidered pieces for the Fall, one of which leads us into our next inspiration…

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One of the most popular tourist spots in Vancouver, Stanley Park and its portion of the sea wall is home to many breathtaking views, foliage and wildlife.

Anyone who has had the pleasure of strolling along the seawall has noticed the ubiquitous heron. With over 100 active nests, Stanley Park is home to one of North America’s largest urban colonies of the Pacific Great Blue Herons, an endangered species.

Sea Wall Heron

Because Diane Kennedy is all about Green Living and the preservation of the environment, we wanted to encompass the beauty of Vancouver’s nature and thought the heron would make a lovely embroidered detail.

Diane Kennedy has always been inspired by nature and this latest collection is obviously no different! Our Fall collection colour palette will recall our temperate West Coast Fall/Winter seasons with our favourite tones like merlot, teal, plum and our new items will be named after famous Vancouver streets; Coming soon, look for items like the Georgia Tunic, Robson Cowl, and Arbutus Wrap!

It’s our way of showing homage to the city we love!

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Sneak Peek for Fall! Our Reversible 3-Piece

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Here at Diane Kennedy, we appreciate that our clientele is looking for clothing that flatters all body types and allows comfortable freedom of movement.

As a pragmatic woman and fashion designer, Diane understands the need for a versatile wardrobe. That’s why when she designs our collections, she ensures that our items easily fits into your wardrobe.

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While preparing for the coming Fall season, Diane was looking for new fabrics in dark, subtle patterns. During a fabric meeting, she came across a lovely soft swatch of Black fabric, striated with light grey that she had never seen before. Even better, the fabric happened to feature a reversible side in a lovely Mid-Heather grey side.

Close-up of Blur/Mid-Heather Grey reversible fabric

And so the seed was planted! With the growing popularity of multi-functional apparel, it seemed like kismet that she came across this fabric. With years of past experience working in the Yoga Apparel industry, Diane knew that the key to ensuring the items look finished is including a detail we’ve used in the past. Flatlock stitching!

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Close-up of Flatlock stitching & Mid-Heather Grey side

For those not in the know, Flatlock Stitching is a style of exposed seam that is flat and has the almost exact appearance both inside and out. It is often used as a technical stitch on items such as yoga & sports apparel. In our own line, we currently use Flatlock stitching on such pieces as our Rejuvinate Legging and Market Tunic.

 

But enough about the fabric! Let’s talk about the garments themselves.
For the first time ever, we’re offering these 3 reversible items that, when paired together, can give you up to 10 different outfits(we counted!)

Reversible Drawings

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The Reversible Cowl may look familiar; it’s based on a customer favourite, The Reflect Cowl. The elegant neckline, tunic length and full sleeves are universally flattering on all.

The Reversible Pant has a similar fit to our Balance Pant; except this time, we’ve used this luxurious yet versatile reversible fabric and reworked the waistline. Almost a legging, but really a slim fit pant.

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The Reversible Vest is a brand new design for Diane Kennedy; The flatlock stitching and unique seaming details like the angled princess seam, a back yoke and center back seam ensure a perfect fit.

We hope you love our new Reversible Outfit! We’re so excited about it, we’re currently offering it as a 3-Piece Set! It’s a comfy, versatile look to add to your Fall Wardrobe.

Did you spy Diane’s accessories? Courtesy of Fluevog Shoes and Sonja Picard, they add such great finishing touch to the look.

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Jewelry by The Sonja Picard Collection | Grand City Shoes by Fluevog Shoes

A big thank you to our designer turned fashion model, Diane, for being a wonderful model for this look!

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Diane’s #ootd: Summer in Momiji Garden

Vancouver is well known for its mild seasons and gorgeous scenery. Summer is no exception, and thankfully you don’t need to get out of the city to enjoy our greenery. One of Diane’s favourite new tranquil spots in Vancouver is only a few minutes away from our offices and offers peaceful respite. A happy bonus as well, it is far less busy than (and just as beautiful as) the tourist must-see, Dr. Sun Yat Sen Gardens.

Hidden away in plain site at Hastings Park Conservatory, you’d never know it’s located along a busy main road!

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Completed in 1993, The Park Board concurred with the PNE (a local non-profit organization that hosts our annual 17 day summer festival) and the Japanese-Canadian community to create the garden. It would end up representing the first step in Hastings Park’s transformation into the public green space that it is now.

With such a (not-so) hidden gem readily available to us, Diane and our media team decided to go for a quick stroll one sunny afternoon and take some pictures.

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Diane is wearing Downtown Tunic in Mango, Recharge Vest in Navy & Deck Tights in Navy

Serendipitously, while we were walking around, we noticed a very familiar flower…

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Look familiar?

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The Pink Japanese Anenome | Our hangtag art

Anyone who owns a Diane Kennedy item, knows our hangtags feature lovely artwork of this delicate flower! Aptly named the Pink Japanese Anenome, this gorgeous botanical is a Summer to Fall  perennial; perfect for your own garden, if you have the space. This beauty likes to spread out. Just a little handy tip!

With Mother Nature showing off her colours, Momiji-style,  Diane decided to show off her own with this darling summer outfit.

Diane designed our Downtown Tunic with a shorter length  than some of our other tunics (with a shoulder to hem measurement of 26.5″), making it the perfect top for Petites to layer underneath our ever versatile Recharge Vest.

Pair it with another favourite, our popular Deck Tights, and you’ve got an outfit that flatters all statures. They look gorgeous with a great pair of heels! Diane loves wearing them with her blue-hued “Hopeful Flourish” shoes from Fluevog.

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Diane is wearing Deck Tights in Navy

With practicality in mind, we also love this outfit because it’s a great look for transitioning into Fall (which is still thankfully at least couple months away). The thermal regulating, hypo-allergenic properties of our signature bamboo fabric will keep you comfortable as summer heats up, while our designs also allow for lots of layering and coverage, as it gets cooler as well.

We hope you enjoyed this little photowalk! It’s wonderful to be able to step outside and be so inspired by the beauty of your city. Don’t you agree?

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We Heart East Vancouver!

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As a proudly Canadian business, we love to talk about the lovely city we’re located in.

After years at our faithful Gastown location, we recently moved to the beautiful area of East Vancouver.

Even though it’s only eight blocks away from our previous location, East Van is well known for being a Boho neighborhood rife with creative souls and art studios. Such a turn around from the hustle & bustle of one Vancouver’s most famous areas!

After the initial “hit-the-ground-running” move, it certainly didn’t take long for us to settle in among the passionate artists and historical train tracks. although it’s been just over a year since we moved in, it feels like we’ve been here forever. If there’s one thing we love the most, it’s all the space we have in our warehouse. It may be silly to say, but the extra space in our warehouse is such a blessing and it’s wonderful to be able to have space more conducive to creative design work like ours!

Operating in such a driven industry here in Vancouver, we have been fortunate enough to work with some incredibly talented local businesses. In today’s blog post, we wanted to spotlight a few we’re proud to have had a chance to collaborate with.

Fluevog Shoes

Internationally recognized and incredibly unique, Diane has appreciated the fine details and amazing design of John Fluevog’s shoes for years. Always ahead of the fashion curve, she discovered her first pair of Fluevogs (lovingly nicknamed by “Vogs” by avid fans) when the business was just starting out as “Fox & Fluevog”. Fast forward to now and Diane Kennedy put Fluevogs on once again, most recently on our models, for our Fall 2016 Catalogue.

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Design Sportswear

Everyone who owns a Diane Kennedy piece has seen our signature screen printed labels…

DianeKennedy_DesignSportswearEstablished in 1988, Design Sportswear is one of Vancouver’s pioneer screen printing houses. Since Diane Kennedy started nine years ago, we have been confidently using Design Sportswear’s services to add our brand our garments.

Sonja Picard

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Being owner of a company whose core values are centered around Eco-friendly, social responsible standards, it’s no surprise that Diane loves to adorn herself  (and our models!) in jewelry that is not only gorgeous and deeply meaningful but promotes very similar values. We love her Eco-friendly “Recycle Your Love” program which gives her customers a chance to breathe new life into their old jewelry. As well, Diane loves to pair her line with Sonja’s pieces because the hammered silver look that she specializes in is such a complementary look for our clothes.

East Van Print

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With the rise of self-serve online printing services where everything is automated, it’s such a breath of fresh air to receive direct customer service. We love that we’re able to talk to a “real person” when we order from East Van Print. Diane Kennedy has been using East Van Print for all our signage and printing needs since we began!

Railway Cafe

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Last but not least, we would be remiss to not mention a lunch spot that everyone here at Diane Kennedy misses dearly. As much as we love our new location, we have less variety for lunch in an area that’s largely commercial/industrial. Despite being considered an East Van establishment, Railway Cafe was closer to our previous location in Gastown and it’s been said that Diane longs for their absolutely amazing salad bar…

Overall, it’s been such a wonderful experience, being here in such a welcoming, creative neighborhood. Here’s to many more years of being a proud Vancouverite business!

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