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Introducing…Velvet Man

1 Apr

Every woman knows that no ensemble is complete without an accessory.
With dresses as unique as you, what better way to finish off your look than with a complementary suit for your companion?

Introducing our cherry on top…

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…Velvet Man.

A brand new line of luxury printed blazers for the sartorially striking man. Follow this link and acquaint yourself with our newest men’s collection!

Stay tuned ;)

30 Mar

We’ve got something fresh and new for you,
stay tuned for a special announcement this week…

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– XOX Cherry Velvet

 

Plugs A-Plenty! Happenings At Cherry Velvet HQ

21 Nov

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!

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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!

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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

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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…

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

Best of luck!

XOX Cherry Velvet

Taking Centre Stage With…Angelina

6 Nov

In today’s blog, let’s take an Autumn stroll…

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When you think of the name “Angelina”, we feel there’s only one famous image that comes to everyone’s minds. A sexy, confident woman with a signature pout and legs for days. When Cherry Velvet thinks of an Angelina, we pretty much think the exact same.

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An updated version of one of our shorter length dresses, The Brigitte, we took its little details and made them statuesque!

Our Angelina has everything you’d expect a Cherry Velvet dress to have; our signature deep pockets, a sexy-sweet neckline (this time opting for a V-Neck over a Scoop) and, of course, a full skirt.

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But what makes this dress stand head & shoulders among the rest is its more natural waist line and twisted racer back-like detail.

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For ladies with a longer torso or just a bit taller, this dress is perfect for you. And with three luscious prints to choose from, it’s hard to walk away!

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Whether you pair it with a crinoline or let your legs do all the talking… rest assured people will be talking about you!

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XOX Cherry Velvet

 

Grave Greetings From Cherry Velvet…

30 Oct

Everyone here at Cherry Velvet loves the Halloween season; It’s when all the grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize! And Even ghostly girlies need something spooktacular to wear on the biggest night of their year…

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…Check out these ethereal beauties, wearing Angelina in Enchanted & Adaline in Pink Puddy Tats.

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Wishing you all a safe & Happy Halloween!

XOX Cherry Velvet

Livin’ La Vida Cherry: Sweet Teams Are Made Of These

16 Oct

Welcome to the 2nd installment of our miniseries, Livin’ La Vida Cherry! We recently added a couple of new hires and think our super fabulous team needs a bit o’ spotlighting. After plying everyone with drinks, we threw a few rapid fire questions at them in the hopes of showing off the wonderful people who put the Cherry in Cherry Velvet.

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We’ll start off with where every Cherry Velvet dress starts, Tatyana, our pattern-maker.

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You have a beautiful accent, where are you from?

I’m from Lviv, a city in Western Ukraine. Shortly after finishing my degree in Fashion Design & Pattern Making, I moved to Canada. October marks my 8th anniversary of living in Vancouver. I love being Canadian!

How did you get into Fashion Design?

I absolutely love everything to do with fashion. In fact, I learned how to sew before I learned to read! I got my first sewing machine when I was 5. I started making clothes for my dolls, then moved on to my family and friends. It’s funny, my mum used to catch me with scissors, stealing her dresses. I was simply trying to cut & redesign her dresses!

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Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I don’t think many people get to get married in a castle, but I did. I was lucky enough to have my wedding held at Olesko Castle and it was beautiful!

What’s your favourite Cherry Velvet dress?

I love our Shimona Dress. We put it out awhile back, I think we only have a few left on sale. I just love the patterns it came in.

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Now we get to the heavy lifting with our Shipping Administrator, Greg.

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So, pretend you’re answering an OKCupid ad. Give us the basics.

Well, come this Saturday, I will be happily married, so I’m off the market, ladies! But I was a good kid, raised in Port Coquitlam, now a good man living in North Vancouver with my beautiful fiancee.

After graduating from the full time writing program at Vancouver Film School, I’ve been a writer for the last 12 years. I’ve also trained in Improv Comedy with Second Storey Theatre & Vancouver Theatresports.

When you’re not busy filling our orders, what do you do in your spare time?

I recently founded my own comedy troupe, The Radical and I perform regularly with Second Storey Theatre, Geek Interesting & Geeks vs Nerds Vancouver. I’m also a photographer.

What can I say? I like to stay busy and I like to entertain!

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As a man working in a woman’s (fashion) world, what do you enjoy most about working at Cherry Velvet?

My favourite part about this industry is promoting a brand that puts women in styles that makes them feel beautiful and subsequently more confident. Ladies, the world needs to give you more opportunities to stand tall!

Share a fun fact with us!

I’d love to, but I’m shipping myself off to Salmon Arm now, expresspost to Happily Ever After!

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Last but not least, we introduce our resident ball of sunshine & office manager, Jolie Holiday.
(Muggles know her as Tracy.)

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What’s in your coffee? How do you stay so chipper?

I drink my coffee black! In all honesty, I’m the kind of person that turns lemons into lemon vodka and would rather look forward with my eye on the horizon than look down behind me. Born & raised in Richmond, BC, I’m just a simple girl from Storybrooke looking to spread some magic wherever I go.

Who are you outside of the office?

I live the Disney Princess life, 27/7 as Jolie Holiday! When I’m not organizing the office or re-enacting Disney songs in my living room, I’m often organizing photoshoots or practicing partnered dancing (Swing & Blues). I also spend way too much time on Instagram.

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What do you love about working for Cherry Velvet?

I love seeing the delight on our clients’ faces when they see how wonderfully our dresses fit them. You wouldn’t know it by looking at me, but I have struggled and continue to struggle with my weight. I know how depressing and disheartening it feels to have to settle for comfort or confidence boosting style. I love that Cherry Velvet takes care of both for our clients. It is incredibly inspiring to work for a brand that promotes the idea of #stunningatanysize

Any fun facts to share?

Every Friday, I put together Disney-inspired outfits and make the Cherry Velvet team guess who I am. If they guess right, I bring them treats the following Monday! It’s a bit of a hobby of mine both in & out of the office. I call  it “Undercover Disney” and you can follow my adventures with it on my Tumblr.

What’s your favourite Cherry Velvet dress?

It’s got to be my Brigitte in Black Cats. I love cats and this particular style is cut a bit shorter than our other styles, which makes it perfect for my 4’10 stature! It was such a hit on my most recent trip to Walt Disney World.

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And thank you to our wonderful Art Director and sometimes photographer, Logan Rudrum. Check out the spotlight we did with him awhile back!

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Now you can see why working at Cherry Velvet is the sweetest. Stay tuned for our final installment of Livin’ La Vida Cherry, where we interview our designer, Diane!

XOX Cherry Velvet

Taking Centre Stage With…Judith

9 Oct

In this edition of “Taking Center Stage With…” we’re going to introduce you to a dress that can be a little Argyle and a lil’ bit Rock ‘N Roll.

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Sometimes we have customers that really exemplify the Cherry Velvet Life and it just so happens our Judith dress is named after one such lovely lady! When designing this dress, we wanted to give it dual personalities; a print that definitely says “retro class with modern sass” and a subtly bubbly & fun print for all occasions.

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Did you know that the Argyle print has existed since the 17th century? We decided to jazz it up a bit by using a unique mix of Navy, Plum & White. And despite being called “Guitar Picks”, we think the white on black seriously evokes snowy snowflakes for the winters, don’t you?

Always looking to highlight a girl’s most flattering features, The Judith features a saucy gathered front, giving the neckline an adorable bow illusion. We balance out the bold neckline with 3/4 sleeves that have a sweet little gather as well.

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Whether you pair it with a crinoline for some added drama, or a leather jacket for that Rockabilly flair, we think Judith is definitely a show stopper.

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XOX Cherry Velvet

 

 

 

The Story of Fashionmark

27 Jun

Many Cherry Velvet customers are not aware of the story behind our brand. It actually started with a very different business. Our brand designer, Diane Kennedy, purchased an existing pattern-making company called Fashionmark Solutions in 2003. What was Fashionmark Solutions? It was a business that provided pattern management services to the apparel industry both locally and internationally. Since it’s inception in 1996, Fashionmark used the latest available technology to provide its customers with accurate patterns, expert grading, detailed specifications and efficient markers. Starting the process solely from a designer’s sketches, Fashionmark was one of Vancouver’s leading industry pattern makers by turning many up and coming designers visions into full-fledged fashion brands.

Examples of patterns and grading made by Fashionmark

Examples of patterns and grading done by Fashionmark

Example of a marker; which is a layout of pattern pieces in all sizes

Example of a marker; which is a layout of pattern pieces in all sizes

After nearly 20 years in business, Fashionmark boasted an extensive client list. One of the company’s biggest clients was the Vancouver-based fashion brand Lululemon. Diane Kennedy was the exclusive pattern maker from the beginning and during the formative years of that company. For many years Fashionmark did all of their patterns, grading and markers. Eventually, Lululemon grew to the extent that they moved their pattern making in-house, but Diane Kennedy and her keen technical skills were an integral part of the brand’s early growth. Other yoga companies such as Karma and Tonic ; outerwear brands  ArcteryxPatagonia, Helly Hansen, Nordica and children’s wear brands Flora & Henry and Please Mum all used Fashionmark services. They also made the first several seasons of patterns for the fashion brand Tibi. After a long tenure, Fashionmark contributed to the success of many clothing companies including many local brands not as well known as these.

Diane’s dream has always been designing fashion and making clothes that look good on the female form. While she’s had years of experience making patterns and designing for all different sizes, her passion is designing for women sizes 10-12 and up.  Being a curvy woman herself and also shorter stature, Diane understands this very well. In 2007, Diane took her love of design and started her own brand, Diane Kennedy, using the soft, draping bamboo fabric that clients and DK enthusiasts have grown to love. Then in 2011 she started Cherry Velvet with just one dress called the Charlotte that came in 10 different prints. When they sold out in just a few short weeks, she knew she was on to something really needed in the marketplace.

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While Fashionmark was the beginning of the story, it is definitely not the end! Just a few months ago, Diane sent off her last patterns and closed down Fashionmark to focus exclusively on her successful in-house brands, Diane Kennedy and Cherry Velvet.  Fashionmark Solutions provided customers with pattern making for many years, and it gave Diane a strong secure position in the industry where now she is able to pursue her first love; designing!

XOX Cherry Velvet

How to Measure for Your Cherry Velvet Dress…

28 Mar

Hi Dolls!

Here at Cherry Velvet, we’re always working hard to make our dresses fit YOUR curves in the best way possible.

We know many of you have questions, so we’ve made this brand new easy to use “How To Measure Yourself” guide, as well as added dress measurements that are specific to the cut of each type of skirt. No more guessing!

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Fit Guide – How to Measure for Cherry Velvet Dresses

While our fit hasn’t changed, hopefully this added info will make it easier for you to pick your perfect size.

We now have separate size charts for our:

-100% cotton dresses (non stretch)

-97% cotton/3% Spandex (Stretch) dresses

Even though the cut of the dresses are the same regardless of fabric, the added stretch can mean up to ½ a size of added room.  If you like your dresses tight you may be able to go down a whole size.

Size Chart - 100% Cotton Dresses (non-stretch)

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As always, if you need any extra help picking a size or you have any other questions, please send us an email or give us a call. We’re standing by to help you look fabulous!

XOX Cherry Velvet
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Pin-up Beauty Secrets! (part 2)

3 Oct

Part 2 - Starring Stela Licina and Elly Mayday

Part 2 – Starring Stela Licina and Elly Mayday

Pin-Up Models Stela Licina & Elly Mayday are back to share more of their trade secrets.

Stela explains and demonstrates the first steps in applying pin-up make-up, beginning with a base of various primers and foundations:

Pin-up Beauty Secrets! (Part 2 – Base)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgTiaTrGv5M

xox Cherry Velvet
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Some of the beauty products Stela mentions in Pin-up Beauty Secrets! (part 2)

Some of the beauty products Stela mentions in Pin-up Beauty Secrets! (part 2)

 

Stela Licina - model and artist

Stela Licina – model and artist