Very Cherry Updates!

We’re well into 2016 and we’ve hit the ground running here at Cherry Velvet HQ. We wanted to give a quick update on what’s going on in the coming weeks!


It’s the first open Showroom Shop of the year! While we’re usually open by appointment only, we periodically like to open our showroom to those who are unable to make an appointment during our usual Monday-Friday (10am-4pm) office hours.

We are pleased to be opening up our showroom at the end of January! Feel free to drop in for a visit on:

Friday, January 29: 2pm-7pm
Saturday, January 30: 11am-5pm

For those unable to visit our showroom, don’t fret! We’ll be offering some specials online, just for you ūüôā¬†Stay tuned and keep updated by liking our Facebook page.


The last couple of years, Cherry Velvet¬†has had a delightful time participating in the WWIN Show¬†and are excited to be participating in our 5th show. Held at The Rio in Las Vegas, this is a week- long show for buyers to have access to a full selection of Womenswear collections from retailers all over Canada & the US. It’s an amazing event¬†and we’ve met some fantastic stores who love carrying our dresses. Our designer, Diane, will be busy as a bee unveiling some early pieces from our Spring¬†Collection. We’re excited to introduce our dresses to a whole new audience!

Cherry Velvet Spring 2016

For¬†Spring, we’re releasing some of our favourite dresses in a variety of smashing prints.¬†¬†Look forward to dresses like Brooke & Doris (with more to come!) in charming animal designs like Aqua Cat faces and Deer Butterfly along with some fetchingly bold geometric prints like Tangerine Stardust and Silly String. We’ve also found a beautiful floral border print in two gorgeous colours.

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Wait ’til you see these prints on our dresses!

New Crinolines available!

If you missed our announcement, we recently stocked our Crinoline section with new Chiffon crinolines in Black as well as a sugar rush of colours!


We are currently offering these new deluxe crinolines at an introductory price of $99.
Due to limited quantities currently, we will also be offering pre-orders at the same price until the end of January! Have a peek, let us know what you think! ūüôā

XOX Cherry Velvet

Be A Very #CherrySamaritan & Win A Free Dress!

We’re giving you a chance to deck your halls with this dress!


How to play:

  1. Follow us on Instagram @cherry_velvety on Instagram and/or Like us on Facebook 
  2. Post a picture of yourself doing a good deed & use the hashtag #CherrySamaritan, so we can find your entry! Don’t have instagram? Like us on Facebook & post a picture on our timeline!

The winner will be announced Tuesday, Dec 15th & receive one of our Holiday Aurora dresses! 

+ Every unique deed posted will be counted as an entry! The more deeds you post, the better your chances ūüôā

+ If you show us some repost love on Instagram or Facebook, we’ll also count that as an entry!

Need some inspiration? Check out a couple of our latest entries!

@macdonaldmarissa posted:

2015 12 07 macdonaldmarissa IG entry

Her good deed?

The other day, I asked an older gentleman who was picking cigarette-butts off the ground if he would mind taking my picture in front of SFU, Vancouver. He hesitantly agreed and put down the multicolored plastic bags he had been clumsily carrying over his shoulder. ¬†In return, he asked if I could spare a few minutes to chat. He asked me for nothing more. ¬†I couldn’t help notice his tattered clothing, the accumulation of dirt under his finger nails, and finally the tear in his eye as he thanked me for trusting him with my camera.”It’s been over 35. No, 40 years since I’ve taken a photo. I used to enjoy it so much. I even had my own dark room. Then I made some poor choices and here I am. But, you’ve made my day, Marissa.” “No, Lawrence, you’ve made mine.” We talked for, probably, half an hour about his passion for photography and I encouraged him to consider taking it up again.

I didn’t have instagram until yesterday. I felt I owed it to this beautiful man, who trusted me with his story and his art…to share

What a beautiful story…!

And on our Facebook page, Carolyn Breen posted:


Today, when I was in the Tim Hortons drive through buying my husband a coffee , I bought the order of the person in line behind me.

Perfect example of a Good Deed!

…Even our Art Director, Logan, has gotten into the mood here:


We’re looking forward to seeing more entries!

Best of luck!

XOX Cherry Velvet

Plugs A-Plenty! Happenings At Cherry Velvet HQ

A few fun things are happening up at CV HQ! Here’s the down low.

Warehouse sale!

Cherry Velvet Warehouse Sale

In participation of the East Van Culture Crawl, ¬†we’ve discounted dresses, subtracted separates and so much more!

Join us for our special 4-day Warehouse Sale, continuing tonight, Nov 20th @ 5pm!

Interview with CBC Radio One

Our ever-busy designer, Diane, took some time to chat with CBC Radio One this week!

Cherry Velvet Interview

Sheryl Mackay sat down and interviewed her for an artist profile which will be featured on her weekly radio show, North By Northwest. Tune in on November 21 between 8-8:30am  on 88.1 FM in Vancouver. Or online!

Cherry Velvet on TV!

Kim's Kitchen Banner

We were recently contacted by Kim Hayden, host of¬†Kim’s Kitchen, A Calgary-based talk show, Kim’s Kitchen is focused on real women talking about current events, food and more. Kim is the perfect Cherry Velvet girl and we’re so excited to be providing Kim’s wardrobe for 7 episodes of her 3rd¬†season on Shaw contest!

A Cherry Samaritan Instagram Contest

Cherry Velvet Good Samaritan

This Holiday season, we want to give you a chance to deck your halls with deeds a-plenty with this fun little Instagram challenge. From December 1 to December 14, post a picture of yourself doing a good deed and use the hashtag #CherrySamaritan. Make sure to follow us (@cherry_velvety), too!

Every unique deed will be counted as an entry. The more good deeds you do, the more chances you have of winning…


…this Aurora dress!
Give us a little repost love and we’ll count that as another entry, too!

Best of luck!

XOX Cherry Velvet

Twelve Dresses of Christmas!

Well Dolls, Christmas is just around the corner! Everyone here at Cherry Velvet is getting super excited for the holidays and our Christmas plans. With just 2 weeks to go, everyone is busy as bees doing the decorating, buying fancy dresses, baking, shopping, and wrapping. We hope you’re able to set aside time during this busy season to have a glass of egg nog, relax by the fire, and enjoy all your hard work.

In order to help you countdown the days, we’re presenting:

The Twelve Dresses of Christmas sale!

Each day, we will put ONE dress on sale for 40% off. 24 hours only, 9am-9am Pacific Standard Time. Each new dress each day will be a surprise, so be sure to check to see what we’ve picked!

The first dress will be posted 9am PST Friday, December 12th, 2014.

The Twelve Dresses of Christmas - A new dress on sale for 40% for the next 12 days!

If your significant other needs helping picking a gift for you, or you need a little inspiration for self-gift-giving, we’ve got you covered!

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year,

XOX Cherry Velvet

The Twelve Dresses of Christmas - #12 - Priscilla Dress in Red Dice

The Twelve Dresses of Christmas - #11 - Kate Dress in Pin Scatter

The Twelve Dresses of Christmas - #9 - Daphne Dress in Teal Dot

The Twelve Days of Christmas - #9 - Charlotte Dress in Plum Brocade

The Twelve Days of Christmas - #8 Lucy Dress in Black Sateen

The Twelve Days of Christmas - #7  Marilyn Dress in Violet Lattice

The Twelve Days of Christmas - # 6 Daphne Dress in Plum Dot

The Twelve Days of Christmas - # 5 Charlotte  in Black Taffeta

The Twelve Dresses of Christmas - 4 -Priscilla Black Dice

The 12 Dresses of Christmas - Shelly Dress in Jade Houndstooth

12 Dresses of Christmas - Charlotte Dress - Charcoal

The 12 Days of Chriistmas - Daphne Dress Cherry Velvet

A Cherry Velvet Pop Up Party!

I can’t believe Cherry Velvet is already past it’s 3rd anniversary! And Christmas is just around the corner, both great reasons to celebrate with a party! ¬†So this coming weekend we’re having one, Cherry Velvet style!¬†¬†Bring your girlfriends, sisters, mothers and daughters, play dress up and get your picture taken! ¬†Logan, our Media director, will be taking your picture just like we do in a photo shoot but in a fun and informal way. Try on dresses,¬†accessorize with gorgeous jewelry by Mirror Mirror Bijoux and chat up with us and your besties, cupcake and punch in hand. It’s this weekend, Friday night and Saturday. Yes, there will be shopping available but you are absolutely welcome to come wearing your own Cherry Velvet dress or try one on for the camera. There will even be new dresses to check out. ¬†You can expect lots of prizes and giveaways too!




Come party with us! Can’t wait to see all of you and awesome photos!…..This is going to be soooooooooo fun!!

XOX Cherry Velvet

Start saving now! The Black Friday Sale!

It’s that time again! Save 50% on select dresses found in The Black Friday Sale¬†collection!

Although the¬†sale doesn’t officially start until Nov 28th, we want you, our wonderful Cherry Velvet fans, to get the jump on the savings!

Use the following online discount during checkout to save an additional 15% off your entire order!

Enter: CVBF14.

Cherry Velvet | The Black Friday Sale | Nov 28-Dec 1

Now’s the perfect time to pick up that dress for your upcoming holiday parties and festivities. Looking forward to warmer weather? Get your spring/summer wardrobe started early with a collection of sunny season dresses found in the Black Friday Sale¬†collection!

Keep in mind that some quantities are limited – Shop early for the best selection!

XOX Cherry Velvet

18th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl

All of us here at¬†Cherry Velvet¬†are extremely excited to open our studio to the 18th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl – Vancouver’s ¬†4-day ¬†visual arts, design and crafts festival!

  • Thursday, November 20th ¬†5-10pm
  • Friday,¬†November 21st ¬†5-10pm
  • Saturday, November 22nd 11-6pm
  • Sunday, November 23rd 11-6pm

This event has grown throughout the years and now involves more than 20,000 people visiting artists in their studios in the area bounded by Main Street and Victoria Drive, north of First Avenue.

See the map (below) to our studio.

Eastside Culture Crawl Map | Cherry Velvet #301-454 Railway St. Vancouver

We take this opportunity to showcase our fashions, locally designed and produced right here in Vancouver, Canada!

We’d love to see you for the festival but, if you can’t make it that weekend, please always feel free to call (604-683-9279) or email to arrange a your own private shopping day and visit with the designer herself…

XOX Cherry Velvet



Three Years of Cherry Velvet Plus


We’ve reached our third anniversary of Cherry Velvet¬†this month; it’s been an exciting and crazy three years!

I remember, in the very beginning, going to a car show and looking at gorgeous models wearing beautiful dresses and I really wanted to go buy something just like them. But, when I went shopping, there was really nothing available in my size. That had planted a little seed in my mind… that I knew I needed to act on.

Soon after, Cherry Velvet Plus was born in sizes XL through 3X. My idea was to make dresses for the in between sizes, including plus sizes, for all the girls like myself -that couldn’t find the kind of pretty dresses I knew I wanted to wear.

Like my original brand (Diane Kennedy), we soon had requests for smaller sizes which we did decide to add later. But, still, Cherry Velvet dresses are always designed firstly with curvy girls in mind!



Our very first original dress was called ‘Charlotte‘. It was cut in 10 different prints and each print had its own trim to match around the neckline. Some trims used were different colors of ric rac and others were braid or bobble fringe. But all were really unique trims picked up at our local fabric supply shop – hand picked to match each different print exactly.



This season we’re bringing back a version of this original dress –Charlotte in Plum Brocade (see inset) and another version in Black Taffeta with lace trim!

We’ve just returned from launching our new Fall/Holiday collection in Vegas, with lots of pretty new styles, prints and fabrics; can’t wait to show you!



#Strutforacause: Benefit for #ellymayday and Ovarian Cancer

It was truly a surprise! In several short weeks, Katherine Dockrill (Helly Hepburn), Nadine Eberts (Rain Hair Salon) and Jen Kaboom (Jen Kaboom Designs) planned a spectacular event for their close friend Elly Mayday. #strutforacause was both a fashion show and fundraiser to benefit Elly and Ovarian Cancer. A unique event space, the Arthur Erickson designed “Waterfall Building” was chosen. Then the mad dash began to line up models, sponsors and volunteers. So many people helped put this event together, and everyone involved deserves a thank-you, but my purpose here is to tell you the story of this special surprise for Elly.

To get Elly ‘party ready’, what better than to plan a photo shoot? Gal pals Shimona Henry (Pin-up Perfection Photography) and Stela Licina (model and make-up ninja) whisked her out to a studio in White Rock, did her hair and make-up and spent the day shooting. Elly had graciously agreed to take a few photos for me on this last day of shooting before her scheduled surgery. So we quickly sewed up a new Cherry Velvet wingbust dress design with a full skirt, and named it the ‘Elly’, with the hope that she would wear it to the party. We kept our fingers crossed that we’d gotten the size right (as Elly has lost 45 pounds) but we did. From our size large at the start of her modeling career about a year ago, she’s now a size XS in our dresses.

With a ruse to pick up Nadine at Rain Hair Salon (adjacent to the Waterfall building), they got Elly all the way to the door without her really suspecting what was planned. With a full house including family, friends, photographers and press, the look on her face was both touching and priceless.

Elly Mayday and Nadine Eberts (photo credit to Brian Perkins)
Elly Mayday and Nadine Eberts (photo credit to Brian Perkins)

There was a total of 5 segments of fashion shows, including ours, with a huge line up of models all donating their time to the show. I’d like to thank all the amazing models who enthusiastically strutted their stuff down the runway. We’re in the process of producing a video of the show which we’ll share asap! But I’d like to personally thank all the girls that represented Cherry Velvet:

Jihan Amir  (Wilhelmina Models) in 'Brigitte Shutterbug" Patrick Rooney Photography
Jihan Amir (Wilhelmina Models) in ‘Brigitte Shutterbug” Patrick Rooney Photography
Charlotte Doering (Wilhelmina Models) Charlotte Curve Model in Brigitte "Turquoise Orchard" Patrick Rooney Photography
Charlotte Doering (Wilhelmina Models) Charlotte Curve Model in Brigitte “Turquoise Orchard” Patrick Rooney Photography
Sarah Lexi Lafontaine (Lexi Whitewall) in Elizabeth "Floral Bouquet" photo by Zemekiss
Sarah Lexi Lafontaine (Lexi Whitewall) in Elizabeth “Floral Bouquet” photo by Zemekiss
Christine Barham (Chrissy Noir) in Trudy "Chatroom" photo by Zemekiss
Christine Barham (Chrissy Noir) in Trudy “Chatroom” photo by Zemekiss
Nadine Eberts (Rain Hair Salon) in Trudy "Cherry Blossom" photo by Zemekiss
Nadine Eberts (Rain Hair Salon) in Trudy “Cherry Blossom” photo by Zemekiss
Tracy Cake (Tracy Cake Make-up and More) in Brigitte "Anime Flowers" photo by Zemekiss
Tracy Cake (Tracy Cake Make-up and More) in Brigitte “Anime Flowers” photo by Zemekiss
Leah (MissLuscious Ness) in Brigitte "Rosy Dots" photo by Zemekiss
Leah (MissLuscious Ness) in Brigitte “Rosy Dots” photo by Zemekiss
and of course Elly Mayday in the Elly Dress in "Black Damask" photo by Zemekiss
and of course Elly Mayday in the Elly Dress in “Black Damask” photo by Zemekiss
Elly took her turn walking down the runway in her new "Elly" dress. (Available later this spring) Patrick Rooney Photography
Elly took her turn walking down the runway in her new “Elly” dress. (Available later this spring) Patrick Rooney Photography




















We were thrilled to be part of such a fantastic event to benefit a truly lovely person. We love you Elly!

To find pics of the event please search #ellymayday.
We’ll have many more to share with you later this week, as well as the video!

XOX Cherry Velvet