In last week’s post, we mentioned starting a mini blog-series this month, dedicated to the behind-the-scenes here at Diane Kennedy. Here we are at our first installment!
One of our favourite things about our line has got to be our Organic Bamboo Viscose Knit fabric. While everyone knows the fabulous benefits of bamboo fabric for your skin, it’s important to note that because of its natural sustainability (it can grow up to a foot a day, unaided!), it’s also fabulous for the environment.
From the Montreal-based textile factory we get our aforementioned fabric, to the factory we use to produce our line (not 10 minutes away from our offices in the heart of East Vancouver), we wanted to exemplify the words “Made In Canada”.
One of the oft-asked question we get is “Why the luxury price point?”. Vancouver prides itself on being an Eco-friendly city and it gives us great pride to be able to contribute to that mission. On top of that, we consciously made the decision to not outsource our labour. We can happily say that Diane Kennedy reflects quality in both finished product and the employment standards that Canada is known for. Simply put, our ethical manufacturing methods dictate our pricing.
We also do our part in supporting our local industries. We’re pleased to have had the opportunity in our 8 years to build amazing business relationships with local vendors such as Shimona Henry, Sonja Picard & Scarlett Ballantyne. We love collaborating with like minded people and are overjoyed at how successful these local businesswomen have become. You go girls!
Moving forward, we’re excited to working with many more talented locals and representing as a proudly Canadian brand. We love that our clients can proudly wear our clothing, knowing they’re supporting Canadian business.
Being a gardener, every new season brings with it new life. It makes me so happy that my garden is always bursting with beautiful flowers and herbs all year round. In fact, having a green thumb and loving nature is partly the inspiration for my Eco-friendly line. It makes me feel so good that at Diane Kennedy, we are conscious of our impact on the environment.
With Vancouver’s temperate weather, we’re so lucky that it doesn’t take a lot of effort (just a bit of elbow grease) to grow some beautiful greenery. Living in such green city, I’m lucky to have not only my own thriving garden but access to a wonderful farmer’s market, full of tantalizing fruits & veg.
Here at DK Head Office, it’s not just me who’s a Green Goddess! Our talented Pattern Maker, Tatyana, not only has a gorgeous vegetable garden of her own, she shares all her wonderful harvests with us. Our office has never looked (& smelled!) so fresh.
Not to make your mouth water any more, but I just love the eggplant recipe she gave me, as well! I’ve just got to share it with you all, too. Hope you like it!
Tatyana’s Autumn Canned Eggplant
4-5 small to med eggplants
4-5 large red bell peppers
1 small chili or jalapeño pepper
3-4 garlic cloves
4-5 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of white vinegar
1 tea spoon of brown sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
Parsley/Cilantro to taste
1. Cut eggplants into 1.5cm thick slices, salt heavily and set aside for 30 minutes.(to prevent too much oil absorption during cooking).
2. Rinse under cold water, dry with paper towels. Drizzle pan or grill with olive oil and fry on both sides until golden brown.
3. Finely dice peppers, mince garlic. Add olive oil,sugar, salt and bell pepper into a pot and bring to boil. Add vinegar and herbs at the very end. Following proper canning instructions and it will keep for a couple months. Refrigerate after opening!
I am so passionate about my line of clothing and I’m very excited to share my new arrivals with you. I thought I’d try something a little different, to show you that our clothes don’t just fit in with your wardrobe, they fit in with your life. Have a peek at my new blog series…
I reached out to my social network and thought Penny would be perfect to show off my tunics for the Fall. Being a busy mother of 2 in Vancouver, she needs be comfortable and feel beautiful in order to confidently manage her active day.
I gave Penny a couple of my newest tunics, The Persistence Tunic & Strength Tunic to try out the other day while she went out for coffee with a friend. With her permission, I sent a photographer along to snap a few fun, “paparazzi” pics.
I was really pleased to see how she accessorized her outfit; pairing a leather jacket with the Strength Tunic was a great idea! I think the dark tone of the top with an edgy detailed jacket like hers is a great compliment. Even better that she paired them with our very own Rejuvenate Leggings!
With trendy, conspicuous accents in full force this season, I wanted to add a touch of that to this season’s collection, as well. My Persistence tunic neckline softly echos the lines of her stylish biker jacket and the simple zipper adds that subtle edginess.
But what did Penny think of her DK day?
“The items were super comfy! I loved how durable, yet soft they felt. The leggings were a dream to put on and wear all day. The tops were fabulous! I liked the drape and versatility.”
When was the last time that you wore a suit? Maybe to a job interview or to see a lawyer? Unless perhaps, you are a lawyer, over the past number of years, the structured suit as we used to know it has been eliminated from most professional women’s wardrobes. As the workplace becomes more casual, dressing has become a variety of separates rather than a matching two-piece suit. There are always occasions where a more pulled-together look is necessary, but rather than going with stiff and structured fabrics, separates in softer fabrics like bamboo, can create a soft suit that also looks professional. Diane’s designs address the need for a more business-like jacket and coordinating bottoms without compromising style or fit.
A jacket can come in handy for many occasions; as part of a soft suit look, or as something to throw over a pair of black pants or denim. Sometimes in the cooler evenings, a soft jacket can be the perfect piece to put on over a dress. Our Bon Voyage Jacket is a great layering piece with it’s notched collar, 3/4 sleeves and zippered front. It works well over a dress, or as part of a suit, either paired with our Serene Pants, Relaxed Capris or a Smitten Skirt. It comes in 4 colour ways, which can be paired with the same coloured Navy bottoms for a monochromatic suit-look, or just worn as separates. Another way it can be worn is with the matching Cami, for a monochromatic look on top, and then you can choose a solid on the bottom. Either way, your soft separates will create a comfortable and put-together look, which can work in most office environments.
Another way to achieve a more professional look by layering separates is by adding a vest. A vest can be layered with anything from a tunic to a dress and can give a more structured look without the weight of a full jacket. Our Recharge Jacket is layering made easy! This vest pairs perfectly with tunic and tops of all sleeve lengths. It features front pockets, and an easy fit throughout, including a box pleat in the back. This year we added the Recharge Jacket to our collection, which is the same style as the vest, but with sleeves. Available in Black, White and Navy, it is a jacket that can be worn year round and with a large variety of bottoms. The beauty of it is that it can appear more casual if paired with jeans or leggings, or more formal if paired with a wide leg pant or skirt.
Bamboo fabric is luxuriously soft and temperature regulating on the body making it extremely comfortable to wear. This was our original inspiration for using organic bamboo for our designs. As demand grows for the health and wellness of our planet, using eco-friendly fabrics has become a movement rather than just a trend. Our super soft Viscose knit is made from Certified Organic bamboo fibers and is much better for the environment than conventional cotton, as it’s grown without chemicals or extra water and is completely sustainable.
Did you know bamboo is 100% naturally grown, without assistance from man? A highly sustainable crop, bamboo does not require the use of pesticides and herbicides for crop production. As a result, plantations can easily be kept organic. Additionally, as the plant is flood and drought resistant, so water irrigation is not necessary for production. Bamboo plantations require very little maintenance.
Bamboo is one of the world’s most sustainable resources. A resilient plant, bamboo grows to its maximum height in about three months and reaches maturity in three to four years. As the fastest growing plant in the world, it spreads rapidly across large areas of land. This makes it a high yield renewable resource. The canes can grow to over a metre or more per day!
We purchase our bamboo fabric from a mill in Canada, which uses hydro-electricity, and green energy. The natural flow of water in rivers offers kinetic power that can be transformed into usable energy. To produce hydroelectricity, the water flow is directed at the blades of a turbine, making it spin, which causes an electrical generator connected to the turbine to spin as well. This generates electricity. Our supplier uses a combination of hydroelectricity and natural gas, which is used to heat the boilers that heats the water used to dye the fabric. In contrast, fabric made in China uses coal to fuel factories which causes so much pollution it can be seen from satellite photos.
Bamboo is a natural cellulose fiber and is 100% biodegradable in soil by micro-organisms and sunlight. The decomposition process does not cause any pollution in the environment. If you have worn our bamboo clothing, you’ll already know that it is naturally soft and drapes like silk or satin. It’s naturally smooth fiber properties are non-irritating to the skin, and it is thermal regulating, ensuring that you are warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Also bamboo fibers are great for sensitive skin because the fibers are smooth. These temperature regulating properties are excellent for those going through menopause. An added benefit is that it is anti-bacterial; it contains a naturally occurring anti-microbial agent that prevents bacteria from cultivating on it, helping to keep odor away.
Created by nature and returned to nature, bamboo is the ultimate eco-fabric!