Canada Post Service Disruption

26 Aug

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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

Canada Post Service Disruption

30 Jun

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UPDATE (7/11/16)
Until an official 72 hour lockout notice is issued for Canada Post, 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.

 

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

We’re Tula Pink’d!

24 Jun

Tula Pink Swatch Collage

From left to right: Fox Floral, Sunset Chevrons, Jade + Pink Chipper

Every Cherry Velvet girl knows that our dresses stand out from the rest with our eye catching prints. As part of the design process, our designer, Diane, spends dedicated time searching for prints that exudes our flair for style. During one of her marathon searches, Diane came across a fabric designer named, Tula Pink. Primarily sold as quilting fabric, Tula Pink’s designs are gorgeously whimsical with an impeccable eye for colour theory and illustration… And cute hidden animals.

As a designer who worked hard to get her fashion lines off the ground, Diane appreciated Tula Pink’s story – which took her from LA to Kansas City and turned her passion for fabric design into a dream career.

Diane ended up falling in love with a print from one of Tula Pink’s collections, but alas, it was sold out.

 

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The sold out print by Tula Pink – How cute is this?!

Her interest piqued and not to be deterred, she ended up choosing a couple of prints from the same collection.

Chrissy in Retro Stars…no longer available in this print, but we have other prints!

After the tremendous success of these dresses, we knew we had to continue keeping an eye on Tula Pink’s new fabric releases.

We chose this striking Tiger print for our Tatyana Dress:

Earlier this year, as we were now following @tulapink on Instagram, Diane came across this adorable squirrel…

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…followed by these adorable foxes

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And suddenly, dress ideas started flowing in. Diane decided to choose a few playful prints for the last couple of  our collections and we love how wonderfully they fit into our style. They bring so much energy and fun to our already fabulous dresses.

This season, we introduced you to 2 new sundresses, Alice & Sally.  We thought these would be perfect to showcase the cute prints that caught our eye. As we mentioned, we love Tula Pink’s colour palettes and our Sally in Chevron (Sky + Sunset) is such a lovely burst of colour!

 

With our own penchant for animal prints, we love that Tula Pink often hides little wee creatures in many of her designs. Remember those sketches? We just couldn’t resist!

 

As always, we look forward to seeing what new designs Tula Pink comes up with and we’re even more excited to release another dress (or 2!) in our upcoming collection in the Fall, featuring more of her fabric! Like our freshly remixed Shimona…

 

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…Just a tease…for now…!

XOX Cherry Velvet

Size Wise!

17 Jun

Vanessa is wearing Sally in Flamingo

Anyone familiar with Cherry Velvet Dresses knows how important it is that our dresses are accessible to everyone. When we first started, we had the intention of providing gorgeous dress options for Plus Sized women. As we did research on our target audience we discovered that, unsurprisingly, it’s common for women to shop in groups (of all sizes). Many would find themselves separated from their friends when shopping, as Regular & Plus Sizes often occupied completely separate areas, if not completely separate stores!

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Find your Cherry Velvet size on our Fit Guide

We weren’t down with that.

So we decided shortly after our launch, that we would design our dresses and ensure they would properly fit a range of sizes, from XS-3X. In addition, we endeavour to include 4X in selected styles and make sure to include a size not very common to many retail stores, 0X.

 

 

 

 

 

We introduced Size 0X to provide a bridge between our regular and plus sizes. Traditionally non-stretch sizing increments must be smaller than for stretch to fit the maximum number of people properly. Many of our dresses are made from (non stretch) 100% cotton,  and subsequently, in order to properly lead into true plus sizing, we had to add an extra size.

 

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Jennifer is wearing Sally in Coral Border

It is important to note that, ideally, the grading (sizing to other sizes) of a pattern does not exceed more than 3 sizes in either direction. Special attention must be given to exactly how much the pattern changes (and where) between each size. It is not uncommon to find many “Plus sized” options ill fitting, because the pattern grading was simply magnified and no other fine tuning done.

Despite being double the work, during our design process we make two patterns for every style of dress that we design. One pattern that fits regular sizes and another that fits plus sizes. Each different pattern is then fitted on a real person in each size range. This way, we ensure that not only are we providing every single size we can, but they are also truly graded properly.

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Kaleigh is wearing Sally in Rose Border


 
That being said, Cherry Velvet’s fit is unique to many other fashion brands, in that our overall fit caters to the curvier woman. Our styles have also have a higher waist, which flatters many body types and heights. We also endeavor to design straps/necklines that will always accommodate a real bra (none of this silly “strapless” business!). That being said, we know not all plus size women have ample chests. Should this be the case, no worries! Our designs are forgiving enough that if you choose a style with a full skirt and go down a size, the bodice should fit like a dream. This works wonderfully for those that have a “Pear” shape!

We hope that all this info illustrates how much detail goes into properly sizing our dresses. Whether you’re an XS or a true plus size, it’s our goal to make sure you feel #stunningatanysize.

XOX Cherry Velvet