28 Apr 2017 No Comments
31 Mar 2017 No Comments
When you’ve been in business for 14 years, you get to meet and work with people from all walks of life. Sometimes they come, sometimes they go, and sometimes you get lucky and they come back around again. Flashback five years ago to our former studio on Railway Street; Barb came to work with us for a time. She had been the owner of the original Bodacious store on Main Street where a lot of our Diane Kennedy brand was sold. It seemed like a natural progression to hire someone that was already so familiar with our brand. That was then, and same goes now.
I’m so excited to announce that we have Barb back on staff here. Just chatting with her over lunch today about her favourite Diane Kennedy pieces, all of which she still has from at least 6 years ago. Her favs are the Rejuvenate legging and the Gotta Have It Jacket. Being a plus size woman as well as a plus size retailer for so many years, she has a keen understanding of women’s bodies and issues around buying clothes. She’s a plus size fit expert!
Barb loves fashion and isn’t afraid to push the limits of her own style. Her favourite thing to do is take a classic style and find a way to make it uniquely her own. She loves the comfort and cut of Diane Kennedy clothing because there’s really nothing quite like the way bamboo drapes and flows to flatter any body type. More than anything she enjoys sharing her joy of beautifully made clothes with our customers. Helping someone discover a colour or cut that just works for their personality AND body type is where the true joy comes from for Barb and she says there’s nothing better than watching someone’s face light up when they try something on that really, truly fits their body and sense of style.
We asked Barb to pick out a few new favourites from our Spring collection and model them for us.
If you’ve never crossed paths with Barb, perhaps you will be lucky enough to experience her warm and enthusiastic energy when you come by to shop. Or, possibly, Barb will be the one to help you when you need customer service.
Welcome back to our team, Barb!
Don’t miss out we’ve extended our Past Season Sale this week, we’re offering 20% off our sale section here!
by Diane Kennedy in Fashion, Plus size fit expert Tags: bamboo, Bodacious, body positive, body type, Diane Kennedy, ecofashion, fashion over 40, fashion over 50, fit, fit technician, Made in Canada, plus size fit expert, Plus-Size, Plus-size clothing, polka dots, stripes
09 Mar 2017 No Comments
At the time my Spring collection was more or less finished, I had a nagging feeling of dissatisfaction, like there had to be something more…. After a bit of ruminating, I opened up my CAD program I use to design and pulled up our popular Serene Pant. From there, I started to “chop” and manipulate the pattern pieces. What came up the other side was magical and astonishing. We quickly sewed a prototype to try it out and instantly knew we had something wonderful. Then our clever office admin came up with the name. And so, the Smarty pant was born!
It’s interesting to note that the front and back are cut in one large panel, all together, and so it takes a surprising amount of fabric. To get that amazing drape at the side of the leg, no side seam can be there, as it would interfere with the design line. These bottoms came together so quickly, in part, thanks to the amazing drape that our signature bamboo fabric has. This graphic black and white stripe fabric is a 10 oz, 92% Bamboo jersey knit blended with 8% Lycra, allowing for a lovely luxurious yet lightweight that you can definitely feel.
Although we’ve cut the inseam length to 31″, never fear! If your leg is a more petite length, this Smarty pant will adapt. It works if you’re taller as well. The cuff is meant to sit around the ankle, but even looks good slightly above also.
Here’s how it looks on someone that’s 5’2″ (Fashion designers can be petite, too!) I’m also wearing the new Experiment Tunic here.
Always thinking about versatility in your wardrobe, we simply couldn’t design such funky, fashionable bottoms without having some on point tops to coordinate! The Illustrate Tunic is a great choice with its fabulous built in drape along the front diagonal seamline. Or perhaps our new Clever Cami (which is ever so clever, with its ability to be worn reversible, front-to-back!…you choose either scoop neck or V neck)
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by Diane Kennedy in Fashion, New Tags: bamboo, bamboo clothing, Canadian Made, Canadian Made clothing, comfort, comfortable clothing, curvy, Diane Kennedy, eco fashion retailer, ecofashion, ethically made, Made in Canada, plus size designer, plus size fashion, Plus-Size, Plus-size clothing, Shopping
06 Jan 2017 No Comments
Last year we did a survey and many of you asked for pants in more colours. So right now, we’re currently taking Pre-orders for a very favourite DK item, The Flex Pant and Petite Flex pant! Our Spring production is well underway and we’re excited about making this special order opportunity happen for you, our wonderful customers.
If you haven’t heard about our Flex pant, let me tell you its available in Petite & Regular lengths, and it’s been our best-seller for many years. We never change it! It’s the straight leg version of our also very popular Serene Pant (the leg is wider), once you try on a pair of these bottoms, you’ll never want to take them off! What makes these pants so special? It’s simple. They feel like wearing pyjamas all day YET, they still give you that polished look that you want for everyday, for work or going out somewhere special.
Our Flex Pant is made using a luxurious 12 oz bamboo blend that has become a signature fabric choice for Diane Kennedy. It has an unparalleled soft texture and forgiving stretch that ensures comfortable, long-lasting wear. All our garments are 100% manufactured in Vancouver, Canada using the highest ethical standards.
For Spring we’re pleased to offer you this selection of colours available right now to special order. Please note these colours will mostly not be available after this offer.
Our Flex Pant has an inseam of approximately 30.5″ while our Petite Flex Pant sizing is 2.5″ shorter in the inseam at about 28″. Pre-Order by placing an order online for your requested size & it will be shipped to you as soon as stock arrives in our warehouse! Please note we are expecting this to take about 4-6 weeks after the final order date of January 15th.
If you have any questions or suggestions for us, please feel free to e-mail us @ info[at]dianekennedy[dot]ca. We’re always happy to assist!
by Diane Kennedy in Fashion Tags: bamboo, bamboo clothing, Canadian Made, Canadian Made clothing, comfort, comfortable clothing, Diane Kennedy, diane kennedy clothing, eco-friendly clothing, ecofashion, ethically made, Ethically-Made Clothing, Flex Pant, Made in Canada, petite, plus petite, plus size fashion, Plus-Size, Plus-size clothing, special order
30 Dec 2016 No Comments
A reflection of the past year…
It was such a pleasure to start the year 2016 off shooting our Spring/Summer catalogue in my own neighbourhood of New Westminster. I’m lucky to be living in such a picturesque area that has grown by leaps and bounds but still manages to keep that small community feeling. I love to visit the revitalised Quay at New West and the adjacent Pier Park where our shoot was filmed, it’s a great way to spend a weekend afternoon.
On a personal note, at Spring break I was off to Tofino, a wonderful BC destination. It’s a place I’ve wanted to visit for so long and was thrilled to experience. I was up early at low tide to explore the shoreline, went whale watching, hiked the Wild Pacific trail and dined at a restaurant voted one of the top 10 in Canada, The Wolf and the Fog. So many memories!
Feeling recharged, I was back to work on my Fall/Winter collection which was inspired by the eco-friendly city of Vancouver. My office is in the heart of East Van and I’m proud to be in this very creative part of the city. So much happens here! So close to the inspiring architecture of downtown, it gave me the inspiration to introduce some gorgeous embroidery into my collection. We had a blast shooting our catalogue for it, in a charming Gastown loft.
Over the course of the year, I’ve had a chance to write a bit more about my design inspirations and motivation for my fashion line. I invite you to read some of my favourite blog entries from this year…
I had a lot of fun in this blog, detailing my inspiration for 2016’s Fall/Winter collection. As I mentioned, it was an inspiring year full of Art Deco inspiration and adventures in embroidery design. I love how they turned out.
Addressing Plus Sizes
Tim Gunn is an incredibly astute and influential Fashion educator right now. Most well-known for his mentorship on the very popular show, “Project Runway”, he recently wrote a very honest opinion piece regarding Plus Size fashion and because of it, I wanted to address the topic in a blog as well, as it relates to my motivation to start my Diane Kennedy line from the very beginging.
Earlier this year, I was honoured to be approached by Trusted Clothes, a social media outlet dedicated to showcasing Eco/Ethical Fashion, to do an interview. One of my proudest achievements is to design and manufacture my collections in my own country in an ethical and responsible way.
While 2016 has been full of both pleasures and challenges, I’m excited to start fresh for the New Year. Our new Spring DK collection is in full production as I write. Look for a preview of our Spring colours and designs coming very soon on my blog.
Thank-you to all my wonderful customers! It’s your continued patronage that drives me to provide the quality and fit that has become a proud standard for me and I appreciate your support and patronage deeply.
I wish you all great joy and happiness in the coming months; May your New Year’s Eve ring with laughter and cheer!
by Diane Kennedy in Inspiration Tags: Canadian Made, Canadian Made clothing, comfortable clothing, Diane Kennedy, East Van, eco fashion retailer, eco-friendly clothing, ecofashion, Ethically-Made Clothing, Inspiration, Made in Canada, New Westminster, New Year, plus size fashion, Plus-Size, The Wolf and the Fog, Tofino, vancouver