Plus Size Labels; Who needs them?

We can spend our whole life avoiding labels, or living up to them and proving them wrong. When it comes to your clothing are they really that important? Many articles have been written about the use of the term plus size. The feeling being that it is an outdated and marginalized term that tries to put larger women into a less exciting and frumpy box with dark colours and God forbid, no horizontal stripes. The plus size clothing industry has come such a long way and smart consumers expect the same quality and attention to fit and detail as anyone else. Why wouldn’t we?

Our models are wearing the Inquisitive Tunic  in sizes L and 2X respectively

Size is just a Number

What if we just forgot about that label. Let’s concentrated on clothing companies that spend the time and effort making sure that what they make really fits properly and makes you feel fabulous? Plus is not a size but it is a definition of clothing sizes and that’s really all it needs to be. In the clothing industry garments are grouped into different sizing clusters like Missy, Petite, and Tall. Plus is just another range of numbers that literally corresponds to a group of sizes.

“Fit, quality, comfort and feeling great in what you’re wearing are way more important than the size on the label.” ~Diane Kennedy

Break the Rules!

Fashion rules are made to be stretched and broken according to what rocks your world. Labels that we despise will always be around and one of the best things we can do is ignore them. It’s best to not get hung up on the terminology. We aren’t saying that a world where size is just a number and a size 2 and a size 20 are marketed and sold exactly the same wouldn’t be a wonderful dream. Until that happens the term “plus” can mean “more”.

More Awesome! More Joy! More Love! More clothes please!

XOX Barb

Diane Kennedy Studio Shop

 Studio Shop February 2-3!

Diane Kennedy Studio Shop

Once a month Diane Kennedy opens the doors and extends a warm  invitation to our customers to come and shop in our showroom.  It gives us a chance to actually meet our customers in person and establish relationships that go well beyond an online order. We get to see you in our clothes. To see your happy face when you find the perfect piece, and work with you to make sure you are getting the best fit possible.

“Our clothing comes in sizes Small to 3X with the most selection in size Large to 3X.”

There’s also a huge benefit for you too! We offer excellent customer service in our comfortable showroom. The fact that our studio is attached to our warehouse means we can get our hands on anything in stock. If it exists, it’s here. It gives you a chance to play with styles and colours you might not have thought of before. Something that you might not be as comfortable doing when you’re ordering online. We also have a couple of sale racks here that feature exclusive deals that aren’t even available on our website.

“Something that is difficult to convey to our online customer is just how amazing our clothing feels”. In a world of polyester, especially in the plus size market, our fabrics are very different. We use primarily Bamboo knit of the highest quality. In fact about 98% of everything we manufacture and sell to you is  made with natural fibres. The weight, drape and unbelievable softness of our fabrics speak for itself at the first touch.

Diane Kennedy Studio Shop

We want you to know that you can also call or email to set up an appointment Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm for private shopping in our showroom. If you’re from out of town why not put it on your schedule the next time you visit Vancouver?

Of course we are always here to offer our online customer the best experience possible as well. We encourage you to call or email with any questions you may have and we will always do our best to find you the right styles and the best fit for you!

Our next Studio Shop is Fri. Feb 2, 2pm – 7pm | Sat. Feb 3, 11am – 5pm and for March we will be open Fri. March 2, 2pm – 7pm | Sat. March 3, 11am – 5pm

Find us at 1635 Powell St. Vancouver, BC – Free parking available on the street or at the west end of our building in The Flag Shop parking lot.

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XOX Barb

Diane Kennedy Spring Sneak Peek Part 2

Diane Kennedy Spring 2018 Sneak Peek

Last week, we shared a sneak peek of our new “Movie Classics” Spring line, and this week we continue in a more or less chronological order; items from part 1 will be available first, then part 2 will be available later in the Spring. New are some pretty mini prints in bamboo that combine with stripe accents for a graphic statement. Several different tops and a jacket mix and match with a new legging and Capri in black & white stripes— here’s your sneak peek!

Diane Kennedy Spring 2018 Sneak Peek

The Film Noire Jacket  – Feather/Flight/Stripe

This funky jacket offers a great cut with a v-neck a 3/4 sleeve and the perfect length to keep your butt covered. The combination of feathers and stripes make a bold statement.

(Included here are best selling fav’s:  Serene Pant & Clever Cami)

Casting Capri – Black with White Stripes

The same fit as our Serene Pants but in a wide leg Capri. There are no side seams on these cute Capris; that means no strange stripe match ups. These have been seriously popular!

Diane Kennedy Spring 2018 Sneak Peek

Sequel Tunic – Black Flight / Black Stripe

Take flight in this unique tunic! A black background with little white birds in flight, anchored by black and white stripes at the V-neck, and a little front pocket. This tunic has 3/4 length bell sleeves and is the perfect length to wear with leggings.

Movie Legging – Black / White Stripe

Black and white stripes and no side seam (again, no strange meeting of the stripes!). They go perfectly with tunics and our longer jackets.

(Deck Tights: Classic shorter tights are coming back in White, Black, and Navy)

Diane Kennedy Spring 2018 Sneak Peek

 

It’s a Wrap Tunic

The look of a wrap top without the fuss. This top flatters your curves and your waist and features a 3/4 sleeve and a V-neck. It flows to an asymmetrical hem.

Feature Tunic

With a short sleeve and gathered V-neck, this tunic is cut to flatter and flow. Cute when paired with skinny leggings or our Smarty pant with lots of ease and room around the tummy and bottom.

Lyric Tunic – Beryl, Moss, Twilight

The Lyric Tunic is made from 55% Organic Cotton and 45% Bamboo. The result is lightweight, flowy and oh, so soft! This super flattering cut overlays through the hip and tummy but this fine fabric doesn’t create bulk,  just a luxurious layered look.

Motion Pant

It’s a Capri length pant with pockets! Check out the twisted flourish above the ankle—we’re very excited for these!

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XOX Barb

Diane Kennedy Spring Preview Part 1

Diane Kennedy Spring PreviewThe Diane Kennedy Spring preview is here! Many of you expressed interest in knowing what styles were coming so you could plan your wardrobe. Here’s an exclusive peek of our “Movie Classics” Spring Line.  We’ve introduced some new cuts including a super fun jumpsuit. So sit back, relax and enjoy the first part of our cinematic tribute to style and comfort!

Box Office Jacket –  Black, Navy

This soft, tailored jacket has an urban, polished look while being so very soft and comfortable. Cut very much like the perfect jean jacket but with all the benefits of luxurious stretch bamboo. Featuring 5 large metal buttons and a cuffed 3/4 sleeve. Wear it open or button up for 2 different looks.

Flex Pant – Black, Navy

The Flex Pant has been our #1 selling pant for the last 6 years. It’s a classic we’ll continue making forever—it goes with everything!

Screen Playsuit – Navy White Stripe, Navy Scuba Stripe, Black

Diane decided to do something a little more daring this season and came up with this adorable Jumpsuit. Made to go with our Perfect tee or any favourite top you may have in your closet. It’s a longer Capri-length with unique details at the hemline and pockets for holding your stuff while you are kicking around.

Diane Kennedy Spring Preview

Perfect Tee – Black, Navy, White

Every great outfit needs a perfect base layer. With a gentle scoop neck, 3/4 length sleeves, and a hem that hits in just the right spot, the Perfect Tee is just that. Perfect to wear under the Box office Jacket or with your new playsuit.Diane Kennedy Spring Preview

Cinema Tunic – Navy w/stripes, Black w/Dots & Stripes

This short sleeved tunic sports an asymmetric neckline and some fun colour blocking with solids, stripes, and dots. Long enough to wear over our Rejuvenate Leggings (covers your bum) or pair it with our new Motion Pant.

Motion Pant – Black, Navy

It’s a Capri length pant with pockets! Motion Pants have the same super comfortable flat banded waistband as our Flex Pants and Serene Pants for a smooth tummy with no unnecessary bulk. These pockets won’t bulge or add extra bulk either. Check out the open knotted flourish above the ankle!

Renew Wrap Tunic – Black, White, Steel, Lake

The Renew Wrap Tunic is our first arrival for Spring in new colours; Heather Lake and White. Feel renewed in this incredibly flattering mock wrap top in super soft bamboo. It comes in at the waist just a wee bit more than usual, yet with the same amount of room in the hip. It has a V neckline, 3/4 sleeve, hip length and an extra slimming waistline feature of a mock wrap belt, angled just so, but sewn in place so you never have to fuss.

Smarty Pant in Black Stripe, Navy Stripe, Navy White Stripe (narrow)

Get smart this Spring in a great fitting pant anybody can wear! The Smarty Pant has a bold and adventurous style yet will fit into your wardrobe with ease. Two fresh Navy/White striped versions are coming.

We hope you have enjoyed seeing this Spring Preview! Sign up for our newsletter here and be the first to know as these items become available.

XOX Barb

Léa Stein; Joyful and Whimsical Jewelry

Lea Stein collectable broochesRenowned French costume jewelry designer Léa Stein was born in France in the 1930’s and started making her wildly popular whimsical jewellery in the 1960’s. Her husband Fernand Steinberger came up with a secret method of combining fabrics and lace with laminated cellulose acetate to form a “multi-coloured sandwich of plastic”. Each ‘sandwich’ was baked for a long time, then cooled and cut into shapes. The process could take as long as six months. Léa Stein is one of the most popular collectable plastic jewellery designers of all time. She was also known for her buttons that are still voraciously collected by clothing designers to this day.

Lea Stein collectable buttons

 

Art Deco Style

Léa Stein was strongly influenced by Art Deco design. This is evident by her use of deco images including flappers, vintage cars, and the very recognizable ladies in cloche hats. This was also seen in more abstract architectural and geometric pieces. She was heavily influenced by “plastic” jewellery made in the 1920’s and 1930’s often of flowers, fruit and adorable little animals. Each brooch has a name, sometimes as simple as ‘Fox’ or more descriptive like ‘Quarrelsome’ the cat. Each design might come in dozens of different colors and patterns.

Lea Stein collectable brooches
Photo: Harlequin Market

Timeless Classic

Lea Stein’s work in the humble medium of plastic has proven to be something that is revered and adored by collectors around the world. It just goes to show you that it’s the subject matter, attention to detail and perfect execution that make her pieces so loved and collectable. Her work is still available and can fetch prices in the range of $100 – $250 and up for rare pieces. When you wear Léa Stein you are wearing a piece of innovative craftsmanship that has stood the test of time.

Lea Stein collectable brooches

Lea Stein collectable brooches

Now What?

It’s important to look towards the innovators in this world. The ones who took a chance on a vision and spend countless hours to make it work. The people who worked so hard to make their ideas come to life. Léa Stein and her husband Fernand Steinberger were pioneers in this particular artform but that doesn’t mean that others haven’t used their work as a source of inspiration.

Check out our Erstwilder brooch collection available on our website; it’s an homage to the groundbreaking artists that started it all. We are in love with this quirky Australian company their innovative work and wonderful packaging. Maybe it’s time to start a collection?

Love Diane