Cherry Velvet Customer Survey – Spring 2018

We want to hear from you!

You, our customers are the reason we’re here. It’s a goal of ours to always be improving your shopping experience with us. You can help us do that for you by taking a few minutes to fill our our Customer Survey. This is a perfect opportunity for you to tell us what you like, what you’re not so crazy about and what you would like to see in the future. We are listening!

Take the Cherry Velvet customer survey to have your opinion count!

Your Opinion Matters!

We have questions about what you’d like to see in fabric and colour choices for future dresses. We also want to hear about the prints that you would love to see turned into Cherry Velvet dresses. How do you feel about polyester? Would you be interested in a solid colour dress with no print? Are there any new clothing items or styles you’d like to see us carry? ( P.S. We’ve made a new Shrug / Cardi and it’s super cute!) Inquiring minds want to know!

To thank you for taking the time to share your opinions with us we would like to offer you a $25 discount on your next online Cherry Velvet order of $100 or more. New Spring styles are arriving as we speak! The discount is valid until the end of March 2018. Take the Cherry Velvet Customer Survey to receive your discount code.

Here is the link to the survey

Thank you for being our amazing customers and for helping us make Cherry Velvet Clothing even better!

XOX Cherry Velvet

P.S. Our model Lexi is wearing our new Doris Dress in Rose Crush!

Men’s Shirts from Cherry Velvet!

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

 

Teal Green; Ovarian Cancer Awareness

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

 

A Magic Place: Cherry Velvet Studio Shop

A Magic place where everything fits!Another Cherry Velvet Studio Shop has come and gone and we can all agree that it was a smashing success. How blessed we are to have the opportunity to spend time face to face with our wonderful customers. There’s nothing quite like zipping someone into a dress and seeing their eyes light up. We love sharing the excitement they feel when they realise they have so many darling dresses to choose from. Dresses that fit! In fact, most customers experience being so totally spoiled for choice, they have trouble deciding which one(s) to buy! Now isn’t that a change from a shopping experience where you end up having to buy the only dress that fits? (whether you like it or not)

It was lovely to see so many pairs of girlfriends come shopping together….

Girlfriends shopping together at our studio shop

Another that bought a ‘special occasion’ dress came back for one to wear every day. We loved what she had to say so much, it’s maybe our favourite quote so far…

“A magic place where everything fits!”

A Magic Place where everything fits; The Cherry Velvet Studio Shop!

We welcomed those who came to see our latest prints and those looking for a bargain. We loved how women brought their best friends, girlfriends, fiances, and husbands. We had some big belly laughs! We all welled up with tears when one special customer saw herself looking so beautiful in her dress that she choked up. (true story) It’s a real gift to be able to get to know our awesome customers better and to be able to offer them good old fashioned personal customer service. 

These two spent a fun day together that included our Studio Shop….

A Magic Place where everything fits; The Cherry Velvet Studio Shop!

Several others went home and took photos of their dresses:

A Magic Place where everything fits; The Cherry Velvet Studio Shop!

A Magic Place where everything fits; The Cherry Velvet Studio Shop!

We especially love the enthusiasm that often has our customers wearing their dresses right out the door!!!

A Magic Place where everything fits; The Cherry Velvet Studio Shop!

Love and heartfelt thanks to all of you! See you next time at our Studio Shop on September 8th & 9th!

Diane and Barb XOXO

 

Vintage Jewelry; Fits and Finds

Cherry Velvet Modern Vintage JewelryAn essential part of finishing off any Cherry Velvet dress surely must be a pretty necklace (and shoes of course) Does your jewelry have to be fancy? No, it does not! But gosh, we do love to accessorise, don’t we? There’s no easier way to ramp up your modern vintage look than with a few classic beads. The right vintage bauble can take you from demure to glam just like that. 

While I was on a trip to Wales last year I discovered several antique shops. One that sold trinkets like compacts from the 50’s, Crocodile handbags, and perfume atomisers. Looking around, I said to a fellow, “Where is the jewelry?” And he said, “Why Miss, there’s a whole other store that’s full of jewelry!!”

Giddy with anticipation, I headed straight over. I was not disappointed! An entire jewelry store full of beautiful vintage pieces was on sale for 50% off. Crikey!! These are a few of the necklaces that came home with me, all for a song. (You bet I was singing and dancing that night at the pub!)

Treasures found!

My favourite find? This beautiful Aurora Borealis clear cut glass beauty with three graduated tiers and a beautiful jeweled clasp. My other great find was what the proprietor called Night and Day glass. It’s black but the liberal Aurora Borealis finish on it sparkles with purples, magenta, turquoise, and chartreuse. 

Vintage 1950's Jewelry

This past weekend I was at an antique show in Tsawwassen and hit the vintage jewelry jackpot, again. This time I scored a double string of candy pink graduated pearls from the fifties and two crystal necklaces, bracelet and earrings sets, one red and one ultramarine blue. 

Vintage 1950's Jewelry

Vintage 1950's Jewelry

The quality of my finds are amazing but one problem stands out with buying vintage jewelry and that’s the fit. Just like most true vintage dresses are tiny, so is the jewelry. Many of these finds will need to be restrung to fit my neck. While it’s a shame to undo the original handiwork, how wonderful to have pieces I’ll truly enjoy wearing. Earrings too, if you can find them. They all have those nasty, pinching clips.

Perhaps you’re not an antique shopper or maybe you can’t be bothered with restringing necklaces. Whatever the case (may be), I urge you to have a look at our growing selection of modern vintage pieces handmade with love and built especially to fit ALL SIZE necks here. 

Happy accessorizing!

Love Diane, Cherry Velvet XOX

Why our Vintage Inspired Dresses cost more

Occasionally we get comments and notes from our customers voicing the opinion that our prices are too high. Sometimes these people list other companies that sell cheaper vintage inspired and retro dresses, and wonder why ours cost more. We want to respond to these comments to hopefully give you a better understanding.

Here’s why our vintage inspired dresses cost a bit more…

At Cherry Velvet, we take pride in producing high-quality, great-fitting, regular and plus dresses. To make this happen, we employ Canadians in our office, on our design and pattern-making team, and in the local (we’re talking 10 minutes away) factories that sew our dresses. We make multiple patterns and samples and fit them on both regular and plus size women to make sure the fit is perfect. It does cost more to make 2 patterns and multiple samples for each style of dress.

In recent news, it’s been made common knowledge that human rights violations are rampant in developing countries where many other brands get their garments sewn. We employ local Canadian factories, visit our factories on a regular basis and work very closely with them. Canadian standards, labour laws and minimum wages are high compared to other countries including the US. We can see the working conditions in person, know how well their employees are treated and rest easy knowing that our factories aren’t collapsing or catching fire. Our dresses are not LITERALLY to die for, after all.

Another reason our regular and plus size dresses are a bit more pricey is our premium cotton prints. They do not shrink or fade. The prints are the CUTEST (you know it’s true), and we do limited runs of each fabric. These babies are not mass-produced! We usually only have several in each size.

Cherry Velvet uses the cutest high quality prints in their dresses

If we really want to get serious, there are 5 ways we can make our vintage inspired dresses cheaper:

1.   Use less fabric (shorter skirts, no room for a fluffy crinoline, no sleeves)

2.   Simpler styles and therefore cheaper labour (take the VA-VA away from the VOOM)

3.   Cheaper fabric (Boring prints that you’ve seen everywhere else, a million times before)

4.   Make tinier plus sizes that don’t fit bigger sizes (we’re not mentioning the names of other companies that do this but you might know who they are)

5.   Manufacture off shore. Take away more Canadian jobs, and send them over-seas to factories where we cannot make sure people are being treated well or paid fairly.

Since we are not willing to make these concessions, we’re just going to continue making the best quality, best fitting dresses that we can. Also, don’t forget that we have a lovely sale section, and a few more affordable styles so that EVERYONE can be a Cherry Velvet girl. Reg & Plus Sale section here

Thank you for your continuing support of our little Vancouver-based business.

We love our customers more than words can say!

XOX Cherry Velvet

#CanadianSass Contest Winners!

How’s it going, eh? Good? Beauty! So the contest is over and it’s time to announce the contest winners, eh! Pitter patter, let’s get at ‘er. You guys sure are keeners. We don’t know if you were fueled by Timmy’s or maybe it took a mickey or two to gather the courage, but when you heard the call, you got off your chesterfields and got to work. The hardest part for us was choosing our favourites. They were all totally skookum, so it was super tough, eh. It was just short of a donnybrook here at the studio trying to pick the top 3 entries, but here you go; these 3 were a hard yes. In no particular order…

Jonathan Snow and Brandi Snow

We went out to the Richmond Nature Park with a homemade quilt by Brandi’s mother celebrating Canada’s 150th, ate some Smarties (a delicious Canadian sweet), and played with Isobel’s stuffed Canadian Goose. We made sure that all participants in the photo were wearing Cherry Velvet dresses and eventually showed off my Canadians Ass…though my wife thought it was supposed to be Canadian Sass!!

 #Canadiansass Contest winners!

Farideh Olsen

“I thought long and hard about a deeply Canadian thing to do. Stand in an open field? Go through a Tim Horton’s drive-through? Hold a sign that says “I’m sorry”? And then, of course, there was maple syrup.
None of them would do.
In the end, I felt that an RCMP officer would make the PERFECT accessory for my beautiful dress.
I had to interrupt him on official business.
However, once he saw my ravishing apparel, he happily obliged.”

 

Canada Day Contest Winner eh!

Janice Kurylowich

[A] Couple of my favourite Canadian eats, Nanaimo bars and a Caesar… maybe not the best combo, but hey, it’s sweet and savoury! Here I am petting a beaver!! Lol, Canada’s national animal 🙂 My daughter thought that it would be great to go on down to the Made in Canada exhibit at Science World, so here I am, a keener for Cherry Velvet!

Canada Day Contest Winner eh!

 

Holy Cow, you guys really ran with this theme. We said “give ‘er” and you guys hurried hard!  Who would ever believe there could even be so many purely Canadian moments captured by you, our loyal customers?? Well, we sure do believe it now and we have the photos to prove it. To see all the contest entries, please check out our Facebook album here and show these girls some love (and likes) too!

There were so many wonderful contest entries, we want to reward ALL our beautiful customers with a little token of our appreciation! (check your inbox next week!)

And, before we forget, here’s one from our neighbours to the south….thanks, eh!

Jennifer R. Prichard: Here am I celebrating Canada’s Sesquicentennial in with three of my favorite Canadian exports: CC, #CherryVelvet & the incomparable Margaret Atwood.

Thank-you for entering our Canada Day Contest eh!

Thank-you truly from the bottom of our hearts for all these amazing entries, eh!

Love you guys!!!

Team Cherry Velvet XOX

Contest time! Show us your Canadian Sass!

Happy 150th Birthday Canada!

We’re so excited and thankful to be Canadian! Cherry Velvet is extremely proud of continuing to make our dresses 100% in Canada. To share our pride and excitement with YOU, our awesome customers, we’re having a CONTEST and we’re feeling very generous…! There’s going to be THREE GRAND PRIZES of a dress of your choice (shipping included) as well as random gift certificates just because we love ya! Let’s celebrate together Cherry Velvet style! Show us how much you love being Canadian by doing something uniquely Canadian in the photo. Show the world what being a Canadian really looks like!

Show us your Canadian Sass and win a free dress from Cherry Velvet

Eligibility:

  • You must be 19 years of age or older and live in Canada or the continental United States to enter. That’s right. If you’re a customer from the south we invite to join in our contest! This is your big chance to be a Canadian! (we know you want to) Go ahead and make fun, we love to laugh here!
  • All contestants must be wearing an official Cherry Velvet dress in each photo submitted (please make sure we can easily see the dress!)
  • Contest submission deadline: before noon on July 14, 2017. Winners will be announced at 4:00 on July 14th, 2017. All contest winners must claim their prize upon 21 days of official contest winner announcement, no later than August 8, 2017. Please contact us at info[at]cherryvelvetdresses.com with your dress choice and measurements before August 8, 2017.

Show us your Canadian Sass and win a free dress from Cherry Velvet

How to enter:

  • E-mail us your photo wearing a Cherry Velvet dress to cherryvelvetplus@gmail.com. Give us your name and who’s in the photo. Tell us the story in a few words too! (this is not part of the contest, but a good story may sway the judges)
  • Share it on at least one social media channel and tag us (Facebook (@cherryvelvetplus), Instagram (@cherry_velvety) or Twitter (@cherryvelvety) and use the hashtags #canadiansass and #cherryvelvet
  • You must be on our mailing list to win.
  • Please note: All photos submitted to the #CanadianSass Contest may be shared online (i.e., your entry to the contest will be considered as your consent).

#CanadianSass #CherryVelvet

Show us your Canadian Sass and win a free dress from Cherry Velvet

Tips on how to win

  • Reasonable photo quality will help you win. No dark or blurry photos, Please! See some posing tips here on our last blog!
  • Extra points if you make us laugh
  • This is not a beauty contest; Effort, creativity and originality count!
  • Tag us in your photo(s) on Instagram (@cherry_velvety), Facebook (@cherryvelvet) or Twittter (@cherryvelvety) and use the hashtags #canadiansass #cherryvelvet

Show us your Canadian Sass and win a free dress from Cherry Velvet

Don’t be a hoser—

Photos for submission may not contain any of the following:

  • The violence of any kind, or negative or abusive messaging (Let’s be nice and keep it family friendly, eh?)
  • Any extreme political views or leanings (Let’s save these for election day)
  • Images depicting the use of any banned or illegal substances (that wacky tobacky ain’t quite legal here yet)

Show us your Canadian Sass and win a free dress from Cherry Velvet

Show us your best Canadian spirit!

We love you guys! Thank you for supporting our little Canadian company! Please send in your awesome photos showing your fabulous Canadian spirit doing your best Canadian thing.
It’s a great time to reflect on how truly lucky we are, eh!

XOX Team CV

How to Care for your New Crinoline

You’ve chosen your colour and ordered your knee length crinoline from Cherry Velvet! With visions of puffy frills in your head, you might be a little surprised when you get your box in the mail. How the heck did they fit that much floof into such a small box? Your crinoline has been folded and rolled to fit in the box for shipping and it needs a little love from you when it comes out of the box. Don’t worry, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…

We’ve made a little video to show you how to care for your crinoline from the minute you open the box until you slip it on under your favourite frock.

A frilly crinoline is a great way to add a little something special to your Cherry Velvet dresses. A full skirt with a matching or contrasting colour peeking out from under it can turn a special dress into something spectacular. If you are thinking of adding a crinoline to your vintage inspired look, we have you covered. You’ll feel special, we promise!

Here’s our selection.

Colourful selection of crinolines at Cherry Velvet

If you’re wondering, we also carry other crinolines that are made of nylon chiffon. Our Lace Crinoline or our Vintage chiffon crinoline will not arrive quite as wrinkled as the Knee length version in the video. Just hang it up and in a few days whatever wrinkles there were, will be no more. Please do not try to steam or iron it as it may cause damage. (Nylon can melt with too much heat!)

Washing instructions: 

Hand wash in warm water then hang to dry. Please do not use bleach.

If you have any questions or need help choosing a crinoline to match your dress, please feel free to e-mail us @ cherryvelvetplus(dot)com. We’re happy to help anytime!

XOX Cherry Velvet

 

 

 

Welcome Barb to the Cherry Velvet Team!

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 the very beginning of Cherry Velvet and enter: Barb Wilkins, a key member of our original team.  Barb’s ideas and contributions are what helped conceptualize the Cherry Velvet brand, so we’re very excited to announce that she’s coming back to work with us! Long time Cherry Velvet aficionados might remember that the second dress we ever made was named Barbara. It came in some amazing iconic prints like Good Luck Tattoo, Sugar Skulls, and Party Dots. Barb rocked that dress literally and figuratively! 

Band Wichita Trip's lead singer Barb Wilkins rockin' her Cherry Velvet dress
Photo by Marc L’Esperance

If you’re from Vancouver, you may also remember Barb was the owner of the original Bodacious store on Main Street. Having been 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! 

If none of this rings a bell, you might have met Barb at our Pucker Up party. She was the lead singer of our guest band. When we said Barb rocks we really meant it!

But if you’ve somehow 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. She’ll be at our shopping night on Friday from 5-7, so come by to meet her and check out all the amazing new dresses

Barb Wilkins wearing the Cherry Velvet Barbara dress named after her

Welcome back to our team, Barb! 

Shopping dates this week:

Friday, March 24 from 2-7 pm

Saturday, March 25 from 11-5

1635 Powell Street, Vancouver BC. Parking available on the street our front (please check the parking signs) or in the lot off Woodland Dr. beside the Flag shop.

XOX Cherry Velvet