Sabrina Casts A Spell @ Our Next Studio Shop (Sept 30-Oct 1)

23 Sep

Kaleigh is wearing Sabrina in Indigo Roses

 

 

It seems Vancouver skipped a season and we went from Spring to Fall in 2 months! Now that we’re a stone’s throw away from October, you know that means pumpkin spice lattes, spooky decor… and Autumn Studio Shops!

 

Our next open Studio Shop will be on Friday, September 30th (2-7pm) & October 1 (11-5pm)!

 

 

We wanted to take a moment and spotlight a popular style we’ve carried for awhile and are releasing this season in some gorgeous new fabrics. We’re excited to showcase Sabrina and our new arrivals at our next Open Studio Shop!

If you’re lucky enough to make it down to our showroom in East Vancouver (1635 Powell St.) on Sept 30 or Oct 1, you’ll be one of the special few to have a chance to try some new prints that will not yet be available on our site!

Vanessa is wearing Sabrina in Shimmer Lace

 

A style from 2013, we’ve continued to carry our Sabrina over several seasons because of its unique, elegant look. Although we have many dresses that fit above the knee or higher, our Sabrina is one of the few styles we have that offers a below the knee to mid-calf hemline, depending on your height.

And no need to cover up with a jacket, the flattering sweetheart neckline is “capped” off with darling short sleeves that wrap around your shoulders, like a built-in bolero!

Erin is wearing Sabrina in Indigo Roses

We recommend pairing it with a Mid-Calf length crinoline!

Fabulous New Fabrics For Sabrina…

Cherry Velvet will always carry our signature 100% cotton prints, but this season we decided to try something new…

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Sabrina comes in some new fabrics that we’re very excited about! In addition to coming in some gorgeously rich prints, these fabrics are a completely different weight than our cotton. Indigo Rose is an incredibly soft, thick fabric that luxuriously drapes over your curves. Conversely, our new Shimmer Lace fabric is dark & elegant, yet light in weight; A delicate but opaque lace texture. We love the colour, as well! The lace is striking in the light… like onyx stone glistening in the moonlight.

We hope to see you at our Studio (1635 Powell Street) next week! There are so many new styles to try on, including many that will not be up on our site yet! Get your Sneak Peek on or grab an End Of Season dress for a great price!

XOX Cherry Velvet

Models of Cherry Velvet: Kaleigh Almond

21 Sep

Continuing our “Models of Cherry Velvet” series, our next model has only been shooting with us since the summer of 2015…

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With her golden hair and piercing blue eyes, Kaleigh Almond exemplifies the sweet as cherry pie look, yet has the unique ability to smoulder like the most sultry of femme fatales. A seasoned model, she has been working in the industry since 2012, while she studies at UBC. How was she discovered? She won a modelling contest for a local lingerie company!

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Kaleigh is wearing The Kate in Midnight Galaxy

We had the opportunity recently to ask her a few questions during a photoshoot…read on!

How did you get this Cherry-sweet gig?

I started modelling for a local company in Langley BC. At a Fundraiser Fashion Show for a fellow model, Diane Kennedy saw me and contacted me for modelling some time after. Since our very first shoot at a heritage home in New Westminster, I have had the pleasure of working with Cherry Velvet in their catalogue and promotional shoots!

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Galbraith Mansion, July 2015. Kaleigh is wearing The Aurora in Plum Taffeta

What does #stunningatanysize mean to you?

Since I’m in the fashion industry, the positive body movement over the past few years has held a particular interest to me. Growing up, I always considered myself, “average”; I thought I was mundane and girl-next-door as one could imagine! Even today, I still think I’m an average height, size, shoe, shape; I even study arts and have blonde hair! How “average” can you get! But this movement towards self-accepting and thinking that every person is beautiful in their own unique and wonderful way has really had a positive effect on my work. I’m so pleased that despite my self-deprecation, I’m able to find modelling work and the positive messages are applicable in my everyday life.

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#stunningatanysize means that I’m beautiful -the way I’m right now; not once I’ve achieved the goals I have set for myself to lose weight or become fitter- but right now I’m beautiful. And this has been a struggle, especially in the last six months, to remember this and to work on self-acceptance. #stunningatanysize does not mean I’m perfect, but it means that I’m (trying) to accept me for me as I’m today. A lot of people find it surprising that I struggle with self-acceptance and confidence, but being a model doesn’t mean I’m perfect or that I’m totally confident, it means that I’m trying to see myself as a beautiful person and that I’m continuously fighting to be proud of myself.

How do you get ready for a photoshoot? What are your 3 favourite beauty products?

I love photo shoots more than almost anything in the world, but getting ready for them requires a lot more time than I had originally thought!

For starters, being perfectly manicured for shoots means I have to shave the day off – which often means waking up crazy early before a shoot. In order to look refreshed (like I got those 8 hours of sleep I had planned on!), I use A-Derma Emollient Foaming Gel to wash my face. My skin is can get grumpy and with all the makeup products I have to put on at shoots—I often break out. I love this product because it minimises breakouts and doesn’t suck all the moisture out my skin. My skin is also very reactive, but so far this product has had no negative effects on it!

My second secret is what I put on the rest of my skin to make it look soft for the photos. Again my skin is very reactive, so I even though I’ve tried all the fun products from places like Bath & Body Works, The Body Shop etc. and liked them, I still wasn’t getting the results I wanted. So I went back to basics. Every morning and night, I put aloe vera on my skin! Even though it doesn’t smell as lovely as the other options, it works fabulously!

But my biggest secret, the one that took me the longest to figure out, is how models always had such beautiful nails! Pro tip: they don’t get manicures every day, they use gel nude nail polish! I personally love Sally Hanson. It’s affordable and it dries reasonably quickly, which is something I value when I’m running from University to shoots and back.

What is your favourite Cherry Velvet dress & why?

My favourite dress right now is The Brigitte!

This dress is perfect for warmer weather. It’s a touch shorter than some of the others and I always LOVE the fun prints it comes in! Pink Eden is my personal favourite!

Who inspires your creativity?

I grew up in a wonderful home with wonderful, caring and intelligent parents. But they’re also kinda crazy (in the best way possible!). My mother is one of the most creative people I have ever met. She can take anything, a broken teacup, for example, put it in our garden and plant wonderful bright flowers around it, making it look like she got the idea right off Pinterest. My mom loves colour; everything in her world is colourful! Every wall in her room is a different colour. She dresses in fun, fashionable colours every chance she gets and, most prominently, her personality shines through everything bad in the world. My mom has always supported my creativity by putting me in classes for sculpture, painting, pastels, dance, theater, film acting etc. Her creativity is inspiring and I love her more and more every day. <3

Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us, Kaleigh!
If you liked the dresses she’s wearing in this blog, check them and all of our new arrivals out on our website

-Team CV

 

A Dose of Diane: A mini-bio!

2 Sep

As we are in the midst update our company bios, we sat down with our designer, Diane Kennedy, to find out a little bit more about the chéri behind Cherry Velvet.

Have a peek!

XOX Cherry Velvet

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How did you get into Fashion Design?

Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, my love of fashion started at a very early age. By the age of four, I received my first real sewing machine and I enjoyed a lot of mother-daughter bonding as she taught me how to sew.

Like many little girls, Barbies were a huge influence on me as a child. It’s such a trip down memory lane to think about sitting around my suitcases filled with Barbie clothes and playing dress up.

A moment stands out in my memory of a time when my cousin and I were playing with our aforementioned dolls. She disappeared into the other room and quickly reappeared with a bathing suit she had sewn herself! The idea delighted me and I honestly think that’s what planted the seed in my mind that I wanted to create fashion.

I was well on my way by Grade 9, with my Home Ec teacher paying me to sew for her! I also took the initiative and placed my name on the waiting list for the Fashion Design program at a local college.

Cherry Velvet is all representing curves. What does that mean to you?

My experience as a plus size woman, in addition to my Fashion Design background, gives me great confidence in my understanding of a woman’s figure and how to highlight our best features.

In my years of dressing women, I pay attention to how we dress, how we wear dresses. Cherry Velvet is well known for our fit. While many fashion lines use one pattern to cut their sizes, we create 2 patterns; one for Regular & Plus Sizes, to ensure the best fit.

Why is #stunningatanysize an important motto for Cherry Velvet?

While other brands are starting to finally recognize the Plus Size community as a relevant market, I have always wanted to have all inclusive sizing.

When I began research for Cherry Velvet, I came across some very telling comments from women in our target market. It quickly became clear that Plus Size women wanted to shop for the same clothing and brands that are readily available in regular sizes. It was dismaying for them to have to shop in specialty stores. These women wanted the respect of not being treated differently because of size.

And so, it became my mission to focus on providing a fashion line geared towards great fit  on both plus and regular sizes.

Canada Post Service Disruption

26 Aug

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Canada Post has rescinded their Strike notice and service is returning to normal. We will be returning to our normal shipping/exchange policies as of this date!

 

As a Canadian retail business, we are well aware of the potential nation-wide disruption in service from Canada Post.

To that end, we wanted to let you know that there will be no issues for any orders placed online. We have made alternate arrangements, should Canada Post suspend their services.

Please be advised that when selecting shipping method, Canada Post will be listed, but you will receive a Purolator tracking number. This will incur no extra charges. We will continue to use Purolator for the duration of this disruption.

Exchanges

To that end, Our exchange policy/procedure will remain the same for both Canadian & US exchanges. In order to ensure quick & efficient processing of any exchanges, it is very important that we are notified via email (or phone) to begin the process.

Upon approval of the exchange, we will email you detailed instructions.

Please be advised that any Canadian Exchanges will be responsible for arranging their own 3rd Party courier service to return the item(s) to our offices.

Please note, that US Customers will notice that until the service disruption is over, they will be forwarding their exchanges to a US address.
(our exchange policy page indicates a Canadian address.)

We are happy to field any concerns in regards to this situation, do not hesitate to contact us at info [at] cherryvelvetdresses [ dot] com or call us toll free at 1-877-994-9977.

XOX Cherry Velvet

Let’s Go Sale’ing! (Warehouse Sale + Studio Shop)

12 Aug

It’s that time of the year again! The perfect weather to go out for a Sale…

Cherry Velvet needs to make some room for our New Arrivals for Fall and that means lots of pretty dresses for a pretty price!

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Dresses like our Angelina in Mint Eden & Jennifer in Jade Houndstooth (pictured above) will receive an additional 20% off when you use our online code!

 

From August 9 to August 21, all our current Sales Items can receive an additional 20% off! Just be sure to use code CVWS20 when you checkout online!

As well, we couldn’t stop there so if any Cherry Velvet girls are local to Vancouver, come on by for our last Studio Shop for the Summer!

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On Friday, August 19th (2-7pm) + Saturday, Augusth 20th (11am-5pm) Every dress available for our Warehouse Sale (as well as the our other Regular Priced dresses) will be in our showroom to tempt you!

This is a great opportunity to add to your current Cherry Velvet collection or try on your very first!

Hope to see you soon!

XOX Cherry Velvet

Meet “The Tree”! (Cherry Velvet Staff Bios)

9 Aug

As we get ready to switch over to a new “leaf” (Fall’s coming & we’re releasing our Autumn Collection soon!), we thought it would be a great opportunity to update our “About” section and include a few words about each person that makes up our Cherry Velvet Team. Read on and learn more about Team CV!

Without further ado…

Logan Rudum

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Logan has been with us since 2013! His first and foremost role here is Media Director, where he spends his days beautifying our website, thinking up fun ideas for photoshoots (then shooting them!) and managing our social media channels. He loves having the opportunity to spread positivity through Cherry Velvet.

And thankfully for us ladies in the office, his active lifestyle as an obstacle race/marathon addict also has its benefits; he’s the only one strong enough to deftly change the water cooler jugs and plotter paper!

Tatyana Bardas

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Our lovely patternmaker, Tatyana, hails from Lviv, a city in Western Ukraine. After she finished her degree in Fashion Design, she moved to Canada and has been working with us for just over a year! She’s the talent behind the plotter so to speak, as she works closely with our designer, Diane, to create the beautiful patterns our dresses are cut from.

But her talent doesn’t end there, from pattern to paper, she also styles our Cherry Velvet paper dolls from time to time! You might recognize her name, as we have a lovely dress named after her. Here in the office, Tatyana holds the title of “coolest place to get married” – She was wed in a castle!

Tracy Po 

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Despite her size, Tracy comes in like a wrecking ball of sunshine. Always whistling while she works, she’s Cherry Velvet’s Jill of All Trades. As someone with a passion for customer service, she’s the smiling face who often fields our private showroom appointments, the cheery voice who responds to customer inquiries and is photography assistant to Logan during photoshoots. She also loves doing the blogging! (holla!)

When she’s not assisting Team CV, she’s delighting them with her Disney-themed outfits and brightly coloured hair.

Dawn Chavda

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Our newest member to the team, Dawn is our diligent Shipper/Receiver who also responds to order/exchange related inquiries and makes sure our dresses get safely to their happy new owners. Having previously spent most of her professional life shipping auto parts, Dawn is so pleased to be surrounded by so many gorgeous dresses all the time and NOT auto parts. She also enjoys being our model once in awhile!

An English major and self proclaimed “geek”, one of her favourite things about working here is chatting with all our adorable customers. Just don’t spell her name, “Don”!

That’s the team! We hope you enjoyed putting some faces on the names you might see once in awhile.

XOX Cherry Velvet

Sneak-A-Boo For The Fall!

29 Jul

Vanessa is wearing The Kate in Ticker Tape. Coming soon!

It’s common knowledge that the fashion industry is always ahead of the seasons and Cherry Velvet is no exception! Even though summer feels like it just started, we’ve hit the ground running on next season’s collection. No easy feat in heels & a crinoline 😉 #likeaboss

Fall is but a few short months away, so we took the time to sneak in a visit to our favourite (not-so) secret spot in the city, Momiji Garden, to shoot a few new dresses that we will be releasing when the seasons change…

During the design conception phase, we reached into the Velvet Vault and remixed a style we’ve carried in the past; our lovely Shimona (named after our favourite Pin-Up photographer & friend, Shimona Henry). While the original Shimona had full length sleeves, this year’s Shimona features its signature Peekaboo collar neckline and opts for sweeter, shorter cap sleeves.

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We’re looking forward to offering The Shimona in four gorgeous prints for the Fall, but we love how the hint of chartreuse adds pizazz to the classic plaid print. Don’t you agree?

The Shimona will be available in Mod Plaid (pictured) + 3 new prints, available soon!

With its adorable neckline detail and front box pleat,  our Kate Dress has been one of our favourites for a few seasons now.

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This coming season, we are offering The Kate in FIVE stunning prints! We’re so excited about designs like the Floral Noire & Ticker Tape (picture above), they have so much nostalgic flair!

A petti-peek of our new Floral Noir print. Coming soon!

We’ve talked about them before, but have you seen our brand new necklaces? Our signature Cherry necklaces are now available for purchase! We thought we’d tease you with how they look with a couple new prints, Chocolate Galaxy and Paintball. Keep an eye out for them this Fall!

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Our new Chocolate Galaxy print, paired with our Cherry Icing necklace. Coming in Fall!

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Our new Paintball print, paired with our Cherry Cola necklace. Coming in Fall!

But you’ll have to keep watching our site (and/or follow us on FB | IG | Twitter) if you want to see the entire dresses!

We can’t wait to share these and the rest of our Fall Collection.
We’re shakin’ like Autumn leaves with excitement!

XOX Cherry Velvet

New Arrival…With A Cherry On Top!

23 Jul

CherryVelvet_LifeIsSweeter_Vanessa_Blog A few months ago, we reached out to our favourite jewelry designer, Mirror Mirror Bijoux and held a few creative meetings to conceptualize some new pieces.

A little back story! Mirror Mirror Bijoux and Cherry Velvet have been working together since 2014. At the beginning of that year, our designer, Diane, took her friend, Shelly, to a charity event that was featuring our dresses. We had also donated items for the event’s silent auction. As it so happens, Shelly ended up bidding on and winning a piece that Mirror Mirror Bijoux had donated; A gorgeous cherry necklace! Diane loved it so much, she ended up buying her own. Perhaps you’ve seen it before…

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Mirror Mirror Bijoux is a jewelry company located in Coquitlam, BC,  specializing in creating original, timeless pieces inspired by the classic elegance of decades past. With a mission statement like that, it’s no wonder why MMB’s high-end jewelry go together with Cherry Velvet Dresses like icing on a cake.

With that in mind, we are very excited and proud to present our exclusive necklace collection, Cherry On Top by Mirror Mirror Bijoux!

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As Mirror Mirror Bijoux collaborated with Diane, they settled on a sweet CherryVelvet_Necklace_CherryCola_Detail statement piece that perfectly encompasses the timeless elegance of pearls with a bit of added Cherry Velvet “sweetness”!  During the design process a larger scale necklace was decided, as it was agreed that, aesthetically, a bolder piece would compliment a curvier figure best.
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Our Cherry Icing necklace features delicate 12 mm (1/2 inch) white or black glass pearls and a gorgeous cherry pendant made with 20 mm (3/4 inch) round multifaceted red resin beads, silver crystals and glass leaves on a rhodium plated chain (extendable to 21 inches).

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Designed & Handmade here in Vancouver, BC, these one of a kind pieces are now
available exclusively through Cherry Velvet only!

Fresh From The Cherry Tree

16 Jul

It’s been awhile since we updated you on what’s been going on here at Cherry Velvet! Without further ado…
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Canada Post Service Disruption Update!

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Canada Post continues to draw out this dispute, we will continue to use Canada Post cautiously. Until an official 72 hour lockout notice is issued, we will be sending all local and one day shipments via Canada Post. Anything requiring 2 days of travel or more will continue to go through Purolator in the event that a 72hr notice is given so that nothing gets trapped in the system.

Fave It & Name It Contest Winner!

It was a tough choice that resulted in a tie!
It looks like everyone liked both the Black & Pink print (#1 & #2) and we ended up choosing Karyn Pickles’ name, “Flamingo Is The New Black”.
While we received many fantastic name entries, many were not trackable on the mailing list.

A friendly reminder to always join our mailing list when entering our contests for your best chance to win!
More contests to come…!

Snap To It!

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Have you join the club yet? If you haven’t followed us on Snapchat yet, why not!
We’re going to be posting sneak peeks, photoshoot behind the scenes and so much more.
Add some Cherry to your social media <3

That’s all for now!

XOX Cherry Velvet

Cherry Velvet Contest: Fave It & Name It!

8 Jul

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Pick your favourite print, name it & you could win a free dress!

Even though we just started our Summer, the fashion industry is always a couple seasons ahead. Here at Cherry Velvet, we’re already busy as bees designing for next Spring! We love how popular our Flamingo Prints have been and happened to come across these designs to the left while we searched through our fabric libraries!

We simply couldn’t decided between these choices and thought this would be a great opportunity to reach out to all our Cherry Velvet girls to get your opinion!

We’re even going to sweeten the deal with a chance to win a FREE DRESS!

Here’s how to win!

  1. Pick your favourite fabric (#1, #2, #3)
  2. Name it!
  3. Visit our Contest Post on Facebook OR Instagram and leave us a comment with your entry
  4. Join our mailing list
  5. Share this post on your social media!

The winner will be announced on Friday, July 15!

Good luck!

XOX Cherry Velvet