Platinum Spreads a Little Love!

Three years ago, I signed onto this blog for the first time to introduce myself to all of you as the new girl in Platinum. I can’t believe it has been 3 years already.

(I am going to walk down memory lane for a bit before I get to the good stuff, I hope you don’t mind.)

This place formed me into the person I am today, and these women formed me into the person I want to be. If it was not for them, I would be so lost! Even though I cannot believe it has been 3 years, I also cannot believe it’s ONLY BEEN 3 YEARS. So much has changed in not only me, but the company. So many roller coasters, all the ups and downs, but definitely no regrets. Walking into MJC on my second day (notice I said second day, I’ll get to that later) I had no idea my life was going to evolve so much. I love this place, I love these people. They are my people, and my forever friends.

My first day at MJC was actually at a Women’s Build with Habitat For Humanity. What an awesome first day, huh? Once Denise offered me the position (after making me wait almost an entire week), she asked if I wanted to join a few of the girls for a day on a Habitat site, how could I say no??

I am so glad that was my first day, I got to work with Kiara and Kayla in our community. My first day was not about MJC, it was about what we could do, through MJC, for others.

It didn’t take long for me to learn the phrase “it’s not just clothes”. The clothes are what brought me here, but it was also the people. I loved “stalking” the Facebook page and reading the blog, I wanted to be a part of that world, a world of cute, fun, strong women who were changing OUR world.

Now, I will get to my point today. Platinum has always been about giving. From slipping surprises into orders to secretly reading comments on FB and IG to Spread the Love. Oh, how I love STL. I love reading your stories, learning about those you care about, and discovering your giving hearts.

Being able to give back is my favorite part about my job, sending along a little extra smile and letting someone know they are thought of goes a long way.

So here we go, Platinum Spread the Love is back! Well, I guess it has always been here, but I think a reminder needed to go out. It’s super simple. Nominate anyone who makes you smile and who you want to return that smile to! It can be a mother, your friend’s daughter, your wife, someone down on their luck, or a friend who would love a little surprise. Send your nominations to us at lovetogive@matildajaneclothing.com. **DO NOT LEAVE IT IN THE COMMENT SECTION.** And in turn, once we read through all the nominees we will pick 1 or 2 a week. You MUST include address, names, ages, and sizes. If these are not included, your nomination will not be accepted. All packages are sent anonymous with a simple note from the Platinum Girls.

Can’t wait to read your nominees, so keep sending them our way whenever you feel the need. 😊

xoxo,

Melissa

     
Stacey Carey - September 12, 2015 - 2:21 pm

I love this company… every.single.thing. Just absolute love; that is all I have for each and every single one of you…

Kaitlin Petersen - September 13, 2015 - 9:42 am

Melissa is fabulous designer, and we love Platinum so much! For the past year, we have purchased the most beautiful Matilda Jane items from the various Platinum loads. We love the surprises, and kindness, and generosity that Platinum has continued to show. Platinum still captures the spirit of Matilda Jane; the way that Matilda Jane has made us feel special, and beautiful. And Melissa has opened herself to the community of MJ lovers on Facebook, and left comments and answered our questions, and taken our suggestions…. the same way that Denise always did. She is a true gem, and embodies the heart of Matilda Jane. Thank you Melissa!! ; )

Meet Darci!

Hi everyone, I’m Darci and I am one of the Senior Designers here at Matilda Jane Clothing. I may not be a familiar face to some of you, but I feel like I know you all through the many beautiful photos you send us of you and your daughters. My journey here at Matilda Jane Clothing started just about 7 months ago, and it has been nothing but a whirlwind of sweetness since the beginning. It is hard to believe just how quickly time has flown! There are so many wonderful things about Matilda Jane that drew me in, and I feel lucky that I get the privilege of designing pieces that are a part of the many sweet, crazy, and wonderful moments that life brings our way.

Apparently my family knew all along that I was going to be a designer…but they forgot to mention that to me! My interest in design began when I was just four years old. My mother was a big inspiration. She designed costumes for theater productions, and I remember taking those leftover scraps of fabric and creating magic with them (well, at least it was magic to me—haha). I started sewing when I was 5, and it didn’t stop there. I began making my own patterns and entering design competitions as I got older. When I went to college, I decided to study interior design, but fashion once again caught my attention.

My school’s Design Department hosted a recycled fashion show, and I decided to give a try just for fun. That experience sparked my interest, and from that point on I knew that fashion design was my true passion. I haven’t looked back since! I spent time designing all kinds of different things (swimsuits, children’s clothing, and even doll clothes!) and found that my true love is working in natural fabrics and for a company with such a wonderful mission!

These brands helped me find what I wanted to focus my energy on, but Matilda Jane had everything that I loved about these companies and more! It’s such a unique and special place. When I learned the story behind this incredible world that Denise created, it just felt right. I could see my two little girls in MJC’s beautiful designs, and I felt the love that this company was built on.

The tween and women’s lines are my life here at Matilda Jane Clothing, and there is nothing better than having the privilege of creating pieces for you and your daughters. The tween line was such a huge draw for me. There aren’t a ton of options out there that are both stylish and age appropriate for our tween and teen girls. As much as they are 8 going on 25, us moms know that they are still our little girls, and we want to keep them happy, age appropriate, and stylish as long as possible. My 2-year-old and 5-year-old definitely keep me on my toes, but they also remind me every day of the magic and beauty that I hope to create in the pieces here at Matilda Jane.

To me, it is all about how these designs are going to make you and your daughters feel. Unique, pretty, stylish, and comfortable are just a few of the adjectives that are of huge importance when I design. I am so excited to continue to work with the fabulous Matilda Jane design team to see these ideas come to life, and to be a part of those special moments in your family’s life now and for many seasons to come.

 

Darci

     
Sarah - September 9, 2015 - 12:31 pm

I’m so impressed that you started sewing at age 5! You have a beautiful family 🙂

I love so many of the tween and women’s pieces (I order some 435 for myself!). My collection is being built a bit more slowly than my daughter’s, though.

Jessica H - September 9, 2015 - 12:59 pm

Nice to learn more about you and your history! Your family is beautiful! We love MJC for many of the same reasons and are excited to see what else is around the corner! Please consider creating a knot top or dress that comes in bigger sizes (10 or 12). My daughter loves this style, but our options are very limited! Thank you!

Bridgette Lott - September 9, 2015 - 4:02 pm

Welcome!

Allison - September 10, 2015 - 9:02 am

Love Darci! Your family is so cute too.

Indi - September 11, 2015 - 5:35 pm

It’s always fun to read the MJ staff bios! I have to say, we are not a big fan of the tween line lately. I would just like to say that I know a lot of young ladies who would be interest in more girly, less “adult” looking styles.

Friends Forever, September 2015

We just had to share with you some of our favorite September pieces!

These beautiful girls are just too cute not to share Skye Johansen’s photos!! Enjoy.

     
Chrystal Patrick - August 31, 2015 - 10:35 am

So much beauty in these pics! MJC never disappoints with timeless, innocent, beautiful pieces! Loving it all but that poncho 😍😍😍😍

Stacie Petta - August 31, 2015 - 10:50 am

I love the cream sweater with the bennys and polka dot tee!!

Christina Palmer - August 31, 2015 - 11:04 am

I love all the big girl stuff but my little girl is only in 12m. It makes me sad that it isn’t like before where most everything ran from 12m and up.

Lo - August 31, 2015 - 2:04 pm

I am obsessed with the fall colors! Love this release!

Kelly Carter - September 1, 2015 - 2:36 pm

Is there a catalog I could have?

Darcy Pennington Arnold - September 4, 2015 - 2:25 pm

Do you publish catalogs?