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Mighty Platinum


The things that you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling.
– Fabienne Fredrickson

Where do I even start with Denise and Platinum? It was a mixture of passion, love, creativity, soul, and so much more. Platinum was her place, her place to create magic…you know in all of that spare time she had. How she did it all, I will never know!

I started working for Matilda Jane about 2.5 years ago — hired on as a “Platinum Gal.” I entered her magical world unsure of what to expect. Little did I know that those years of layering, handling uploads, sewing buttons, packing, and shipping would lead me to where I am today, designing Platinum. What? How did this all even happen….

From the start I was a sponge. I wanted to know, learn, and see all the ins and outs of Platinum, and Matilda Jane as a whole. The Platinum Fairy (Denise) would sneak in at night to work her magic, then we would roll in at 9 and bring her ideas to life. I loved coming in and seeing all her notes, some good, some bad, but all were because she wanted everything perfect. I only saw Denise work a few times, but when I did, it was like getting a peek inside that creative mind of hers. Soon enough, I was doing the same.

Denise created such an amazing atmosphere of encouragement and creativity. “Be fearless, be yourself, and never apologize for being you” are just a few things that were said often. That was so refreshing, and working in that kind of environment inspiredMelissa1me to dream more, achieve more, and work for more. Denise definitely didn’t settle, and she often challenged us to do the same. It was pretty contagious.

This past week has been like a roller coaster with a lot of ups and downs. I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work and learn from such an amazing woman and be apart of this wonderful company that she created. The impact she had on me, but more importantly the world and the legacy that she leaves behind, is truly incredible. I strive to be like Denise, and carry on her Platinum legacy each and every day. She always challenged us and held us accountable for our hopes and dreams. Oh Denise, what big shoes I have to fill, but I am so up for the challenge.

Tomorrow, we will hold a special Platinum upload to honor Denise. She taught us all how to give, no matter how big or small. So tomorrow is our Mighty Platinum upload with all the proceeds benefiting the Mighty Acorn Foundation. Be ready for when we push the button for this amazing woman!


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Debbie Moore - July 2, 2015 - 10:07 am

Beautiful! I only had the opportunity to share a brief conversation with Denise on FB.We discovered MJC a little less than 2 yrs. ago & We love our Plat.,Can’t wait to try and cart a Plat pretty and help support something so Dear to Denise at the same time.May God Bless all of you “Plat Gals”!!

Natalie Miller - July 2, 2015 - 8:17 am

As a long time Matilda Jane ‘person’, what you have said Melissa is beautiful and takes us inside the world of Platium a bit. With tears, I smiled as I read your words about Denise coming in at night like a Platium Fairy and I could picture it vividly. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I can’t wait to see what is loaded and hope my fingers are fast enough.

Lydia Sestito - July 2, 2015 - 7:01 am

Well said! I cant wait to see what is in store for this upload! I have no doubt Denise taught you well Melissa! We love The Mighty Acorns and you plat gals are awesome for doing this!

Kaitlin Petersen - July 1, 2015 - 7:52 pm

Your words are inspiring, Melissa. And your designs are incredible! We can’t wait to see what loads tomorrow, and it’s so cool that our purchases will contribute to an amazing organization. Thanks for all that you do!

bridgette lott - July 1, 2015 - 7:08 pm

Beautifully written Melissa 🙂 I know Denise is smiling 🙂

Jen Vess - July 1, 2015 - 5:49 pm

I can’t wait to see all the pretties! I won’t be able to buy this time, but I’m still to stalk the page anyway!

Mama Hope - July 1, 2015 - 5:48 pm

*tears* and ❤️!

Susie - July 1, 2015 - 5:16 pm

So beautiful Melissa! Platinum was Denise’s heart and I’m so glad you got to learn from her!!

Jessica Chase - July 1, 2015 - 4:56 pm

Is there a specific time this will begin at(so I know how to work out my schedule without missing out)?
Many Than Yous and Much Love,

Carri - July 1, 2015 - 4:50 pm

My dd and I love MJ. I can only get when things are on sale and if I have a little extra money. The style totally fits my dd personality. Can not wait to see what’s coming up

Amiee S - July 1, 2015 - 4:39 pm

So beautifully written Melissa. Xoxo

Donna Weills - July 1, 2015 - 4:32 pm

Thank you so much for sharing Melissa! I’m beyond excited to the magic you upload tomorrow. I know Denise is smiling down proud of all of you!

Michelle Gresham - July 1, 2015 - 4:31 pm

Thank you Melissa! I know you will make Denise proud. What a nice way to honor her legacy; Platinum is what brought us to MJC. ❤️

Jennifer Hudson - July 1, 2015 - 4:30 pm

This is amazing! What a wonderful and thoughtful sale in her honor. Thanks for sharing with us, Melissa. Continued prayers and good vibes coming to everyone at MJC.

Florence Taylor - July 1, 2015 - 4:26 pm

So excited

Ati K - July 1, 2015 - 4:15 pm

Thanks for sharing, Melissa! I can’t wait to see more magic from the “Platinum Gals” tomorrow! I’m sure Denise is so proud. ❤️

Abby - July 1, 2015 - 4:15 pm

I am so excited to see this beautiful tribute to an amazing woman.

Belis Bellezas (Isbel) - July 1, 2015 - 4:10 pm

Beautiful, Melissa. Big, warm hug to all the ‘Plat Gals’!

Lo - July 1, 2015 - 4:02 pm

This is a fantastic idea and I love the Mighty Acorns will reap the benefits of this plat load! Great❤️

Nicole G - July 1, 2015 - 3:54 pm

Beautifully written Melissa! Keep up the good work, through you “Platinum Gal” she will live on!!!

Nita Reid - July 1, 2015 - 3:42 pm

Loved all of MJ clothing!! Denise was a very talented lady.

Brittney Bell - July 1, 2015 - 3:41 pm

I am confident she would be very proud of every word you just wrote, Melissa. You are doing an incredible job, Platinum gal!!

Kirsten Hamilton - July 1, 2015 - 3:36 pm

Cant wait!! What she started here is nothing short of magical! I’m sure there are many, many angels who are dressed mighty fine in Platinum in heaven right now! 🙂