Canada Post Service Disruption

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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!

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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:

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Tatyana in Burgundy + Purple Tiger

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

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Follow Tula Pink on IG: @tulapink

 

…followed by these adorable foxes

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Follow Tula Pink on IG @tulapink

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!

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Sally in Sky + Sunset Chevrons

 

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!

 

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Alice in Pink + Jade Chipper
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Alice in Fox Floral

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!

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.

 

 

 

 

Our newest dress, Sally, in 5 fresh looks! Available in sizes XS-3X.

 

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

Fresh Off The Cherry Tree

For this week’s blog, we thought we’d take a moment to share some juicy news with our Cherry Velvet fans! We have so many neat things going on at any given time, we wanted to make sure you guys knew what the sitch is!

Without further ado…

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Vancouver Model Casting Call

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We’re currently looking for local models within the GVRD (not agency represented, please!) for photo and video shoots.

We’re seeking those who have availability between Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

All images images/video taken will be for promotional and/or marketing use (including for use online, television, video and print).

We’re looking for models who:
* Are a height minimum of 5’5″
* Have minimal visible tattoos
* Are #stunningatanysize!

We’d love it if you have:

* The ability to do your own hair and/or make up
* Some modeling experience
* A background in acting, dancing, performing, lion taming, etc…

As of this date, we’re currently casting for ethnic & size diversity in Small-Large AND 2X-3X*, but we’re happy to take any applications that fulfill our sizing needs of Small-3X!**

**Refer to our fit guide to see our sizing.**

Feel free to send in your application here

Down The Rabbit Hole With Alice

In case you missed it, we had a grand debut for our newest dress, The Alice.
A splendid little photoset & a whimsical blog post telling her story.
Check them out if you haven’t already!

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Our Alice is available in XS-3X! Get yours before she slips down the rabbit hole again and disappears forever!

We’ve finally “Snap”ped!

We’ve been feeling a lot of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) lately with all these adorable filtered selfies and we’ve finally decided to jump on Snapchat bandwagon!

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For behind the scenes looks, sneak peeks, tutorials, photo shoot hijinks and much more!
Snap to it!

We also have more open studio shops and fun photos coming up. Stick around! It’s going to be a very Cherry summer!

XOX Cherry Velvet

Down The Rabbit Hole with Alice

Curiouser and curiouser…Everything’s turvy topsy at Cherry Velvet and the muchness of it is hard to ignore. We have a new arrival to the Cherry Velvet Tree, featuring splendiferously florid prints created by Tula Pinkan illustrator-cum-fabric designer from the sunny land of California.

Introducing Alice, our latest and most darling yet. By happenstance, on a very un-ordinary day, we caught Alice as she was falling down a rabbit hole (as she oftentimes did). We jumped at the chance to send her spinning in our direction and with great haste, she wasted no time in filling our wondrous world with brightly coloured foxes and chipmunks and parrots (goodness gracious!)

Now it’s your turn to see through Alice’s looking glass and into the realm of chimerical charm…

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Alice sees everything polychromously; On several occasions in a day, she will find herself in a world of her own, all pink and floral, looking up at a turquoise sky. Matriculating with cheery chimpunks, all fuchsia-flushed.

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But in the blink of an eye, grayer becomes the sky! And Alice’s eyes spy shades of jade, changing the scenery to greenery!

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And while most are working hard, spending their days with responsibility and chores, our little Alice spends her time laying in an aqua grove daydreaming. Today, she envisions napping foxes in sunset hues, among dainty blossoms nestled in between creeping branches of playful vines…

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…And she imagines regal games of croquet, while a sneaky Cheshire cat observes.

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We hope you enjoyed this whimsical look at Alice; find her and many more magical, vintage & retro-inspired looks at Cherry Velvet.

And even though Alice often believes in as many as six impossible things by breakfast, she doesn’t believe in size exclusivity. And neither do we! Our line is all-inclusive and we carry all sizes from XS-3X!

View all the full size pics in this photoset here!

XOX Cherry Velvet