Creative juice: Men’s Shirts to Craft Distilleries

7 Dec

East Van is a hotbed of creative juices both literally and figuratively. It’s home to everything from fashion and food to small-batch craft distilleries. One day our designer Diane dropped by neighbouring Odd Society spirits and discovered a fun & hip hangout for drinks with friends. It turns out they make their own spirits right there in some pretty amazing copper kettles; all within view of their tasting lounge. What a perfect place to do a photo shoot with our newest creation: Men’s Shirts.

Introducing “The Shirt”!

Our Men’s shirts fit right into this amazing distillery. How about this one called Cocktail Hour? Stir it up and shake it out while showing off your discerning style with this elegantly architectural barware print.

Cherry Velvet men's shirt "Cocktail Hour"

Automotion… There’s a saying that some things never go out of style and that appears to be true for classic cars and…classic car shirts.

Cherry Velvet men's shirt "Automotion"

Extinct…This distinctly Extinct dinosaur skeleton print ‘glows in the dark’….for those fun times when the lights are out.

Cherry Velvet men's shirt "Extinct"

Genius…Scientifically speaking, your hotness could elevate to dangerous levels by wearing this shirt. Even if you don’t know exactly what these math and physics formulas mean, improve your IQ just by association.

Cherry Velvet men's shirt "Genius"

Parlour Ink…Sail the Seven Seas and make a bold statement of allegiance to the symbols and history of the classic sailor style tattoo.

Cherry Velvet men's shirt "Parlour Ink"

Located on Powell Street in East Vancouver’s port district. Odd Society is dedicated to combining Old World distilling traditions with New World ingredients and ingenuity to create a family of spirits including whiskey, vodka, and gin. The Odd society has a Happy hour on Thursdays and Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m with yummy cocktails like this delicious Lemon Drop Martini. It’s the perfect place for a drink right after some fun shopping at our studio, it’s only about one block east from us. (We’re at 1635 Powell St and they’re at 1725 Powell St)

Stop in at Odd Society Spirits for happy hour and this yummy Lemon Drop Martini

Happy Holidays!!

XOX Cherry Velvet

Get Stuffed! Christmas Stocking Swag

24 Nov

The Holidays are almost upon us. Are you ready to stuff?… a Christmas stocking that is?  Here are our best suggestions for stocking swag to make their face light up on Christmas morning. There’s not a lump of coal in sight!

Roll The Dice!

We don’t want you to gamble on her present this year but we can’t help but recommend these adorable Pair-o-Dice necklace and earring sets. They’re handmade in Canada and a steal at just $36 for the set. You can choose between red, green or white dice. The odds are in your favour that they’re going to adore this!  We especially love this necklace with our Norma Dress in Parlour Ink print

Christmas Stocking stuffers to make her Cherry Velvet dreams come true!

Erstwilder Brooches

Our hottest selling item at the moment are these cute & quirky brooches from Australia called Erstwilder.  Inspired by all things vintage, rockabilly, pinup, retro and art-deco, they’re a gift choice suitable for any fashionista on your gift list. They come boxed with a special story about the treasure inside that’s the perfect end at their Christmas stocking toe.

Erstwilder brooches make the best Christmas Stocking stuffers!

Cherry Baby!

‘Juicy’ Cherry sets are the perfect gift for any retro Diva. Sets include a necklace, bracelet, and earrings in your choice of Black glass (Cherry Cola) or White Pearl (Cherry Icing). The cherry theme goes with so many of our dresses Like Vanessa, Hard Candy and Marie, Double Feature.

Christmas Stocking stuffers to make her Cherry Velvet dreams come true!

Wish upon a Star!

Make their wishes come true with this sparkling necklace called Galaxy Stars. It features faceted aurora borealis clear crystals, is exclusive to Cherry Velvet and very limited edition. They’ll twinkle like a star! It’s the perfect compliment to Doris Dress in Star Magic, Dita Dress in Golden Galaxy or Norma Dress in Lunar Cats.

 

Cherry Velvet has the best stocking stuffer swag to make her eyes light up this Christmas!

Cherry Velvet Gift Card

Cherry Velvet Gift cards come in denominations from $10 to $200 so you can customize the amount you want to give. You can’t go wrong here! You can’t mess up the size, colour or pattern by leaving all the choices up to them. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the accolades. Now you can handle that, can’t you?

Cherry Velvet has the best stocking stuffer swag to make her eyes light up this Christmas!

Of course, if you need any help at all with gift suggestions or sizing….the elves at Cherry Velvet HQ are happy to help. Please feel free to contact us by e-mail @ cherryvelvetplus@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you ASAP!

XOX Cherry Velvet

Trifecta of Awesomeness Charity Event!!

10 Nov

Dresses + Shoes + Charity! (+ cupcakes!)

Last night Cherry Velvet Dresses, along with Fluevog Shoes held a very special event at the Fluevog store on Granville Street in Vancouver. We were thrilled to team up with Fluevog, our favourite purveyor of shoes on the planet. But even more important than tasty refreshments and goodie bags, and pairing gorgeous dresses with amazing shoes, was the third element of the Trifecta. We felt that Mom2Mom was the perfect charity to put our collective support. We wanted to let you know about this wonderful cause that supports families right here in our own neighbourhood.Cherry Velvet and Fluevog put on a charity event to benefit Mom2Mom

Cherry Velvet and Fluevog put on a charity event to benefit Mom2Mom

 Thank-you to all our wonderful customers that came out to the Trifecta of Awesomeness last night and help us make it a great success! Thanks also to Patrick Davidson, Ben and Eric at John Fluevog Shoes Granville for being amazing hosts :) Veronica Belle Leah Paley Tuttle

 

About Mom2Mom Charity:

Mom2Mom works to improve the lives of children living in poverty by supporting their moms. In Vancouver, Moms in poverty struggle with incredible stress and isolation. This puts stress on the whole family and deprives both mom and children of connection to resources, positive influences, and opportunities.

We believe that when moms thrive, children thrive. Since 2011, Mom2Mom charity has worked to support moms’ wellbeing by reducing the stress and isolation of living in poverty.

Mom2Mom builds strength-based relationships and a caring community through a volunteer program; reduces poverty-related stress by supporting children’s basic needs, and provide opportunities and connection to resources for both mom and children. We envision a future where moms and their children thrive in caring and connected communities!

Our Fabulous Customers!

Cherry Velvet and Fluevog put on a charity event to benefit Mom2Mom

Cherry Velvet and Fluevog put on a charity event to benefit Mom2Mom

Cherry Velvet and Fluevog put on a charity event to benefit Mom2Mom

Cherry Velvet and Fluevog put on a charity event to benefit Mom2Mom

 

Cherry Velvet and Fluevog put on a charity event to benefit Mom2Mom

We couldn’t be more thrilled with the attendance at our event last night. It seems that the combination of fabulous frocks, sublime boots and shoes, social consciousness and wonderful people created just the right atmosphere for the perfect evening. Most of all, we want to thank everyone who took the time to show up and help make a difference in our own community. Ultimately it’s the kids who will benefit with the help of Mom2Mom and we are honoured that we could be part of that!

XOX Cherry Velvet

P.S. There’s a little sneak peak of one of our Men’s shirts coming soon in the last photo!

Quirky Erstwilder Brooches!

3 Nov

Vintage style

A few years ago while traveling in the United Kingdom I discovered a little pin-up shop in Manchester. There was the most adorable red poodle brooch I had to have. It reminded me of vintage bakelite and so I’ve been looking for more ever since. Now I’m excited to tell you that we are selling these very same Erstwilder brooches in our showroom and online.

A Perfect Match

It was easy to choose the brooches as they have the same bright, fun and quirky appeal that our dresses have. So many of the pins are a natural match to Cherry Velvet dresses as so many of the themes are similar: Flowers, Cats, Birds and even Space! We absolutely had our Fall line of dresses in mind when we made our choices.

Zombies are in all year, right? This one is called “Drop Dead Gorgeous” with Olivia Dress in Circuit.

Erstwilder brooches make cute and quirky companions to a Cherry Velvet Dress!

Our Vanessa Final Frontier Dress adorned with swirling planets is even more perfect with retro “Roxy’s Ray Gun” pinned to it. Space themed brooches are stellar with dresses like Doris Star Magic.

Erstwilder brooches make cute and quirky companions to a Cherry Velvet Dress!

 

 

Whether you match or just accent, these pins are true conversation starters. The “Ruby the Red Cardinal” pin sets off the deep red of the hardcover books just right. Norma Dress in Page Turner.

Erstwilder brooches make cute and quirky companions to a Cherry Velvet Dress!

Erstwilder brooches make cute and quirky companions to a Cherry Velvet Dress!

How can you not feel foxy when you’re wearing “Frond Fox” with Olivia Harvest Bloom?

Erstwilder brooches make cute and quirky companions to a Cherry Velvet Dress!

Erstwilder brooches make cute and quirky companions to a Cherry Velvet Dress!

Limited Edition

Erstwilder designs and produces collectible, limited edition brooches made of layered resin. The detail is truly amazing! They obviously draw a lot of inspiration from all things vintage, rockabilly, pinup, retro and have a love of animals of all kinds too. Each brooch comes its own gift box complete with a little story paying homage to history, myth, pop-culture and classic storytelling. They’re the perfect gift for anyone who loves to accessorise.

Pinning on one of these little pieces of art is bound to fill you with joy! These brooches can sell out quickly so if you love one, don’t miss out!

XOX Cherry Velvet

Halloween Cosplay; Cherry Velvet Style!

13 Oct

Halloween cosplay, Cherry Velvet style !Cosplay can be fun at anytime of year, but well duh, it’s Halloween! Squeee!! We love to play dress up so much we made an excuse to create fun costumes from Cherry Velvet dresses!

We love the idea of having a tickle trunk and are starting one here at the shop. A great starting point for so many ‘girl’ costumes is a crinoline and a corset. You’d be surprised at how many amazing costumes can start this way! Add a few items you may already have plus one or two from your fav Halloween shop and Voila! you have an original costume!

Barb the Barmaid

Picking a character or theme that you resemble makes cosplay easier. Barb is just a natural for this Hofbräuhaus style outfit, don’t you think? A little white apron is another great staple for your tickle trunk…it can become Alice in Wonderland, Belle, a French Maid or a Barmaid to name a few. She’s wearing the Olivia dress in Harvest Bloom and a corset from Lace Embrace.

Halloween cosplay, Cherry Velvet style : Barmaid

Ms. Frizzle

Diane, our designer’s red curly hair was a natural for this outfit. You knew we’d do this one based on our Vanessa Final Frontier Dress, didn’t you!? Fluevogs Shoes.

Halloween cosplay, Cherry Velvet style : Ms. Frizzle

Buccaneer Barb

Using Jack Sparrow as inspo, anyone can be a pirate wench, although having long hair helps. We made the headpiece from a scrap of fabric but a scarf would also work. Next we strung some beads and added narrow braids in Barb’ hair. Originally we were planning a Brooke dress as the basis for our Pirate cosplay but then well…the Norma dress in Parlour Ink arrived! We used one of our fav tricks and hitched up the skirt with a kilt pin to show a little more leg and the Lace Chiffon Crinoline underneath.

Halloween cosplay, Cherry Velvet style : Pirate

The ‘Not So Wicked’ Witch

Just in is a new party dress called Dita in Golden Galaxy, which we made into a decidedly elegant witch. We layered on the crinolines…all the more fun to ride a broom! Costco had old fashioned corn brooms which we witchified with some brown and black craft paint. Diane’s fav eyeliner (Stila Stay all day Waterproof liquid eyeliner)…for eyebrows, eyes and lips. Fluevog shoes.

Halloween cosplay, Cherry Velvet style : Witch

We’ll have lots of fun things to check out online and at our Studio Shop (1635 Powell Street, Vancouver BC) coming up… New dresses plus a shipment of crinolines are on the way (and will be here in time for Halloween) and Erstwilder brooches too!!

Friday Oct 21 from 2-7

Saturday Oct 22 from 11-5

Love Cherry Velvet XOX

 

One Retro dress; Three Ways

6 Oct

One retro dress, three ways blog postWe had so much fun putting outfits together with our retro dresses, we did it again! This time we wanted to show you classic vintage styling plus a few more alternative looks. Barb, our Client Relations Specialist, was the model; great job, Barb! That’s what style is all about, taking an outfit and really injecting your own personality into it.

We choose an Olivia Dress in Harvest Bloom; so appropriate to the season. It was such a beautiful autumn day, we went to a park in full fall foliage called Momiji Gardens. Why stay indoors when you can work outside?

Every day is a Retro day!

Barb loves to wear boots and tights with her dresses. How about these amazing vintage plaid Doc Marten Boots?! Take chances—plaids and florals can look amazing together. Erstwilder Red Poodle Brooch, Lands End Cardigan

One retro dress, three ways blog post

One retro dress, three ways blog post

 

Classic Retro Evening

Add a pop of colour like this beautiful Vintage Chiffon Crinoline in Cinnamon Hearts and lil’ sparkle from some retro jewelry and voila! You’re ready for a dinner date. Cotton tights (from Cherry Velvet, coming soon to our online shop) Miz Mooz Shoes.

One retro dress, three ways blog post

 

Rockabilly Retro

Maybe you’re the lead singer of a band (like Barb) or going to a funky event like a burlesque show… What to wear? Layering a corset over your dress is a great way to add alternate style to your dress. Barb’s wearing her own hat, shrug and boots with a Lace Embrace Corset and a Vintage Chiffon Crinoline in Black Licorice.

One retro dress, three ways blog post

 

Cherries

Our Cherry Cola necklace and bracelet set went so well with our Olivia Dress, we mixed up the accessories all over again to make this bonus look…

One retro dress, three ways blog post

One retro dress, three ways blog post

We hope we’re giving you lots of ideas and fun ways to wear your Cherry Velvet dresses year round and for lots of different occasions!

Love Cherry Velvet XOX

 

Men’s Shirts from Cherry Velvet!

29 Sep

Cherry Velvet is making Men's Shirts in this cool Glow in the Dark print called "Extinct"Yes, it’s happening!! No April fool’s joke, we’re going to make Men’s shirts!! Thanks so much to everyone that gave their feedback—it was super helpful and much appreciated!

Fabric Fav’s

Cherry Velvet is making Men's Shirts in cool prints!

The results were a little surprising! The #1 favourite was the Glow in the Dark Dinosaur skeleton print we’re calling Extinct! Not surprising were #2 “Genius”, #3 Cocktail Hour and #5 Automotion. (#4 was Routes and Roads which ‘may’ happen in the Spring) We still need to make a final decision but we can confirm that there will most likely be a skull print as well.

Sizing

No surprise that there are a lot of big healthy guys in Canada and the US. The bigger sizes were very popular and we had many requests for men’s shirts bigger than what we’re going to offer this time. However, we’ve made up a size chart that gives the actual measurements of the shirt. We’re hoping that our generous sizing will cover at least some of the bigger size requests we received. If this first shirt does well, we may consider making a size 3XL shirt in the future after we collect a bit more data on fit. (P.S. The length is measured from the side of the neck to the hem, HPS = High Point Shoulder)

Cherry Velvet is making Men's Shirts in cool prints!

Price

We haven’t made a final decision on price quite yet, but we can tell you they will not be under $75 or even under $100. Keeping all of our production in Canada in ethical factories is extremely important to us. With the minimum wage continuing to rise, the factories are telling us that the labour cost of men’s shirts is similar to a dress. The premium printed fabrics we use are very high-quality cottons and they are not cheap either. However, we’re planning on making the price as fair as we can. We’ve got a good feeling that our shirts will be among your most fav’s 🙂

Thank-you so much for being our awesome customers!

Please sign up for our newsletter so you’ll know when the shirts are in!

Thank-you!

Cherry Velvet XOX

Hope to see you at the studio shop this weekend in Vancouver:

Friday, Sept 29/2017 from 2-7 & Saturday, Sept 30/2017 from 11-5

1635 Powell Street, Vancouver BC

 

Modern Vintage Style for Life!

21 Sep

I have always loved classic vintage style clothing. Back in the summer of 2011 I came on board with Cherry Velvet, a brand new concept from designer Diane Kennedy. Diane and I had a professional relationship already as I had sold her bamboo clothing line successfully for a number of years. I had just exited my own 10 year venture selling plus size clothing in my own shop in Vancouver and I wasn’t ready to give up on working in fashion. This line was everything I ever wanted to wear and I was more than excited to take on my role as an international sales rep. I still remember the excitement of seeing the first dresses arrive in the studio. I knew then that this was a very special line and that it was a perfect fit for me in more ways than one.

The very first Cherry Velvet dresses back in 2011.

 

The very first Cherry Velvet vintage style dresses

The very first Cherry Velvet vintage style dresses

Life can be unpredictable. After about a year I moved on to a different job but I left on good terms and I guess I always felt that someday I would be involved somehow with this amazing brand. Time moves on in the most interesting ways sometimes. In February 2017 I was contacted by Diane who asked if she could hire my band to entertain her customers at a Valentine’s customer appreciation event at the Cherry Velvet studio. The gig was a lot of fun and I loved seeing how far the line had come in the last 6 years. So many wonderful dresses!! In March of this year Diane contacted me again and asked me to come work for her. The timing was so perfect and, well, here I am. My role here is a little different than the first time around and suits me perfectly. Isn’t life interesting?

I’ve had Cherry Velvet dresses longer than almost anyone else and here’s the kicker. Those very first dresses are still in rotation in my closet. Those dresses are over 6 years old and they still look the same as the day I got them. Vintage style doesn’t go out of fashion. It’s classic for a reason!

Cherry Velvet and Me 2017 – Still in Love

Cherry Velvet vintage style dresses

Cherry Velvet vintage style dresses

I’m wearing (top photo) the Chrissy dress in Hot House Floral and the Danielle dress in Shutterbug print.

Both dresses are on sale now!

Love Barb XOX

P.S. Hope to see you at our next studio shop on Sept 29th and 30th!

Teal Green; Ovarian Cancer Awareness

14 Sep

Teal Green for Ovarian Cancer awareness monthDid you know that teal green is the colour of Ovarian cancer -a much less talked about, but very serious type of women’s cancer?  Unlike other more well-known types of women’s cancer, there is no screening test for cancer of your #ladyballs. This is a somewhat controversial name for your ovaries, but it does require both knowledge and guts to beat this difficult to diagnose disease.

It’s important to our designer, Diane, to spread awareness, as not only did she lose her Mom at a very young age, but her Sister-in-law as well.  You may have heard the story of one of our early models, Elly Mayday, who at 25 yrs old was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer.

There is no one specific symptom for Ovarian cancer and these symptoms are generally vague/non-specific (often mistakenly attributed to other causes). It’s called ‘the disease that whispers’ for good reason: it’s often overlooked and under-diagnosed.

Do you do a breast self-exam every month? What about going for an annual pap test? These simple steps could save your life. Taking care of your #ladyballs is not as straightforward.

These are the symptoms to be aware of:

  • Swelling or bloating of the abdomen
  • Pelvic discomfort or heaviness
  • Back or abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Gas, nausea, indigestion
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Emptying your bladder frequently
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Weight loss or weight gain

Other symptoms…

  • Mass or “lump” in your pelvis that you can feel
  • Inability to eat normally
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Vaginal bleeding

We hope we’ve inspired you to catch up on any tests you haven’t taken lately, and brought attention to ways to help spot Ovarian Cancer. Please also consider taking a moment to share this post with all the important women in your life so that they’ll be aware, too.

Here’s also something else you can do. From September 15th to the 30th, we’re donating 10% from the sale of each dress from our teal green dress collection to Ovarian Cancer research.

XOX Cherry Velvet

 

One Cherry Velvet Dress; 5 Ways

8 Sep

One Cherry Velvet Dress; 5 Ways

Finding different ways to wear the same dress is not only a great way to add your own signature style to your outfits, it’s smart too. Our designer Diane, dug into her closet and put together these 5 ways to wear one Cherry Velvet dress with a classic scoop neck Olivia frock and her own accessories.

Along the Promenade

Sometimes simple is best. A sun hat and comfortable shoes for strolling is always the way to go. The Olivia dress looks great with a longer necklace, like this vintage jet (black glass) find. “Vintage” Fluevogs, Coach Bag.

One Cherry Velvet Dress: 5 ways

To the Office

Pretty much every Cherry Velvet dress can be worn to work in the Fall with the addition of a cardi, tights and boots or flats. Add a little personality too, like this vintage style brooch (under the hair). Lands End Cardigan, Fluevog boots, Diane Kennedy Rejuvenate Leggings.

One Cherry Velvet Dress: 5 ways

Brunch with the ladies

It’s easy to put something over your dress, like a shrug or a cardi. But don’t forget you can also wear something under your dress like a blouse, long sleeve top or t-shirt. Experiment to see which works with your dress. For this look, Diane chose a slightly less full Lace chiffon crinoline. Coach Bag, Fluevog “Purity” Boots.

One Cherry Velvet Dress: 5 ways

Dinner Date

A feminine frock is a perfect way to match your outer beauty with your inner confidence. For date night, a li’l sparkle always goes a long way.  Then add fishnet stockings, heels, and your best smile 🙂 Fluevog “Deee”shoes, Coach Bag, Brave Belt, Mirror Mirror Bijoux necklace, Vintage Chiffon Crinoline in Black Licorice.

One Cherry Velvet Dress: 5 ways

Gallery Opening

Sometimes you just don’t want to blend in with the crowd.  Nothing sets the mood for a funky outfit like a hat; this one Diane brought back from a trip to England a few years ago. Here’s a fun little trick Diane uses: collect a bunch of your lower skirt including the crinoline underneath and pin it up. You can use a regular safety pin (like she did here), but a bigger kilt pin or a broach works also. Fluevog “Exene” flats, Heidi Daus Necklace, Vintage Chiffon Crinoline in Spearmint.

One Cherry Velvet Dress: 5 ways

Hopefully, this post will make you look at your own Cherry Velvet dress in a new way. Hunt up some cool vintage accessories, polish up your favourite boots and get ready for fall!

XOX Cherry Velvet