Get Stuffed! Christmas Stocking Swag

The Holidays are almost upon us. Are you ready to stuff?… a Christmas stocking that is?  Here are our best suggestions for stocking swag to make their face light up on Christmas morning. There’s not a lump of coal in sight!

Roll The Dice!

We don’t want you to gamble on her present this year but we can’t help but recommend these adorable Pair-o-Dice necklace and earring sets. They’re handmade in Canada and a steal at just $36 for the set. You can choose between red, green or white dice. The odds are in your favour that they’re going to adore this!  We especially love this necklace with our Norma Dress in Parlour Ink print

Christmas Stocking stuffers to make her Cherry Velvet dreams come true!

Erstwilder Brooches

Our hottest selling item at the moment are these cute & quirky brooches from Australia called Erstwilder.  Inspired by all things vintage, rockabilly, pinup, retro and art-deco, they’re a gift choice suitable for any fashionista on your gift list. They come boxed with a special story about the treasure inside that’s the perfect end at their Christmas stocking toe.

Erstwilder brooches make the best Christmas Stocking stuffers!

Cherry Baby!

‘Juicy’ Cherry sets are the perfect gift for any retro Diva. Sets include a necklace, bracelet, and earrings in your choice of Black glass (Cherry Cola) or White Pearl (Cherry Icing). The cherry theme goes with so many of our dresses Like Vanessa, Hard Candy and Marie, Double Feature.

Christmas Stocking stuffers to make her Cherry Velvet dreams come true!

Wish upon a Star!

Make their wishes come true with this sparkling necklace called Galaxy Stars. It features faceted aurora borealis clear crystals, is exclusive to Cherry Velvet and very limited edition. They’ll twinkle like a star! It’s the perfect compliment to Doris Dress in Star Magic, Dita Dress in Golden Galaxy or Norma Dress in Lunar Cats.


Cherry Velvet has the best stocking stuffer swag to make her eyes light up this Christmas!

Cherry Velvet Gift Card

Cherry Velvet Gift cards come in denominations from $10 to $200 so you can customize the amount you want to give. You can’t go wrong here! You can’t mess up the size, colour or pattern by leaving all the choices up to them. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the accolades. Now you can handle that, can’t you?

Cherry Velvet has the best stocking stuffer swag to make her eyes light up this Christmas!

Of course, if you need any help at all with gift suggestions or sizing….the elves at Cherry Velvet HQ are happy to help. Please feel free to contact us by e-mail @ and we’ll get back to you ASAP!

XOX Cherry Velvet

Cherry Velvet’s Holiday Lookbook!

With the Holiday season rapidly approaching, we wanted to make sure all our ladies’ halls have been decked…out in Cherry Velvet Fashion!

Presenting our 2016 Holiday Lookbook!

cherry Velvet 2016 Holiday Lookbook

We’re showing off a full complement of dresses, perfect for every special occasion this season. View some lovely looks featuring CV favourites like our Doris & Chrissy dresses, as well as a brand new fabric for one of our newest best seller, The Lana!

There’s also a little seasonal surprise print inside…
…What’s the holiday season without a Candy cane, cocktail….maybe both?

Guess you’ll just have to look and see! Check out all our dresses at Cherry Velvet Dresses.

If you’re local to Vancouver, see (and try on!) all these gorgeous frocks along with the rest of our collection, during our block of open studio shop dates this month (in participation with the Eastside Culture Crawl):

Thursday, November 17
5 pm – 10 pm

Friday, November 18
5 pm – 10 pm

Saturday, November 19
11 am – 6 pm

Sunday, November 20
11 am – 6 pm

Hope to see you all there!

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 🙂

+ 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

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

Answers to YOUR Comments & Questions…from our survey

We want to thank everyone that completed our survey, for sharing so many of their thoughts and very encouraging words!….

For us there were some surprises and whole bunch of comments and questions that we’d like to answer:

We’d like to see more 3/4 length sleeves!
We usually do long sleeve styles in the Fall so we have 3 new long sleeve styles coming out shortly in many new pretty prints! Look for the brand new ‘Shelly‘ dress that just arrived this week!

Also, Daphne comes back soon in an awesome assortment of colours, dots and (later) prints too. Then (in October), Priscilla -a brand new 3/4 sleeve style that has an adorable retro dice print…Viva Las Vegas!

How can I become a Cherry Velvet model?
This is a question we get asked a lot! Right now we use models exclusively in the Vancouver area.

To be considered, please submit some (face and body) photos to us ( along with your height, bust, waist, hip and shoe size for consideration. If we think you have potential to model for us we will contact you and ask you to come in for a fitting.

Can you make a longer version of the Brigitte dress?
Actually this is a really great suggestion! Perhaps we’ll make a version that is both longer and with 3/4 sleeves… What do you think?

Could you use fabrics other than 100% cotton -add more stretch?
For Fall/Holiday we’ve added a bunch of new fabrics like Stretch Taffeta, Lace, and even a metallic and a pretty Brocade. We try to use fabrics with stretch, but most (or all) of the novelty fabrics that are available come in non-stretch. So, to bring you an exciting variety of prints, we’ll always use 100% cotton for many of our dresses.

Need some work appropriate styles/higher necklines for the office
Check out some of our new fall styles like the Shelly and Rachel for work appropriate dresses. The Kate is another great office appropriate style. Think about wearing Brigitte or Natalie with a cardi, tights and boots for work!

Where do your dress names come from?
We name our dresses after models and actresses from the 40’s and 50’s, our own models, friends and generally choose names that are retro-inspired. If you have suggestions for names, we’d love to hear them please!

Below the dress, could you show pictures of customers in them?
This was another great suggestion! For now, we’ve started to share an album of customer photos. Because we do add a lot of new styles every season, it takes a while to have photos to share. Feel free to send us yours -email to

click here to visit the album of fan photos

Will you offer size 4X?
This is something recently brought to our attention directly from fans, as well as on our survey. We’re giving some serious consideration to the idea of expanding our size range. However, to do it properly, we would need a 4X fit model in the Vancouver area. If this could be you, please send us a note!

Personal Shopping Appointments
A few of you have mentioned that you’re uncomfortable with the idea of making an appointment to shop in the studio. For now, we’re an office with office hours, so really we just need to know that someone wants to come and shop. The atmosphere is very informal and there is no obligation to buy. Plus, you’ll most likely get to meet me -the designer- and I’d love to help you find your perfect dress!

What is a size 0X?
Short answer: it’s one size bigger than an XL
We were so surprised by this question that we wrote a whole blog post on it…..coming next week!

Thanks again for all of your feedback; we’re happily still reading your responses!

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!



Holiday 2011 Sneak Peek: The Photoshoot!

At 10am this Sunday morning, we arrived at our photographer’s studio in an explosion of dresses, makeup, jewelry, and shoes, ready to make some magic! The studio, an expansive room in our photographer Zenaida’s East Van apartment, is a gorgeous space with high ceilings, hardwood floors, large windows, and a collection of vintage props and accessories.  The perfect blank canvas, really. 

We were so impressed by our adorable and vivacious model, who totally rocked the dresses and took everything in stride.  With a smile and a cheekyness that lights up the room, we couldn’t have asked for anyone better-suited to the dresses and our brand. We’re so excited about the photos that we just couldn’t wait to share them with you, so here’s a look at the photoshoot from behind the scenes.  Enjoy!

All in all it was a fantastic day… Happy Holidays!

xxx CherryVelvet