To A New Chapter – Secret Fields, Fall 2014

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Secret Fields is a collection filled with meaning and beauty. It’s the golden fields where your imagination can run free, and it’s the trinkets you keep – even when you can’t remember why. It’s a celebration of life and love and friendship, and I’m so excited to share it with you.

When Denise was diagnosed with cancer last year, my whole floral, polka dotted, striped world came crashing to a halt. I didn’t just think, “How will I ever design without her?” but also, “How will I possibly go on without her?” I know I wasn’t alone with these fears. Denise is one much-loved woman!

Letters, phone calls, texts and prayers flooded in from her closest family members as well as customers and friends around the world. Denise wasn’t alone in this journey, and neither was I. Thanks to Kayla, Matt K, Lauren, Kiara, Jeff, and so many other wonderful people, I had the support and love I needed to start my very first MJC collection…on my own. (But like I said, never alone.)

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I started designing the same way I always do – with color. I walked through the rows of beautiful, seemingly endless bolts of fabric in our Platinum office and cut swatches like a mad man. I tried to embrace Denise’s fabric favorites, both old and new, to evoke her unbelievable style and eye for color. Next, I chose Pantone colors based on these lovely patterns and began designing fabrics.

After months and months of development, Secret Fields was born. From my original conception to when Denise came back to work from treatment in November, I watched this small collection bloom before my very eyes. Where I had envisioned purple, Denise introduced coral. We combined our ditty flowers, plaids, and toiles into a fabulous fabric fanfare! To put it simply…magic was happening. Magic I had been waiting for. The last boost of confidence, surge of energy, and attention to detail that this collection needed. (And the boost of confidence I needed, too.)

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Why Secret Fields, you ask? To me, it’s a way of describing the light at the end of a tunnel. The beautiful hidden things that can be found in times of such deep darkness. Like a mason jar filled with fireflies, it glows and makes you feel safe. Like an inner strength you never knew you had.

Gosh, Denise wasn’t alone last year. And neither was I. How lucky are we? Not only to have each other, but to have all of you. To share so much beauty and truth with you every day is a gift beyond measure, but to share Secret Fields with you is like sharing a page from my diary – an ongoing story of growth, change, and love for all things MJC.

Cheers to a new season!

Love,
Sam

     
KaMarlowete - July 12, 2014 - 3:06 pm

The thing is, we all believe in you, we believe you’re destined for great things, because you’re a big, bold personality. Congratulations on the job well done. (And congrats to we who get to partake in it!)

meredith mcdaniel - July 12, 2014 - 9:10 am

what a beautiful, brave, bold post of HOPE! the line looks ah-mazing, but the heart behind it is what makes me heart sing! excited for my little ellis jane’s first order to arrive soon from the summer sale… we are excited to join the MJ family for more reasons than one. thank you for this post!

Quincy B - July 11, 2014 - 8:18 pm

Love love love! So beautiful in every way! And I’m talking about you, your blog entry, the sneaks, the entire company and what MJC is all about and of course, Denise! Can’t wait to see it all!

Tamara M - July 11, 2014 - 4:29 pm

How beautiful! I have had many family members face cancer. I can empathize with your feelings. So touching to face this challenge with your friend in mind and then getting to share it with her and complete in together. Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing your heart with us!!

Angela Jones - July 10, 2014 - 9:20 pm

So beautifully put. You all are amazing at MJC. I agree with you, Denise wasn’t alone and neither are you in your new journey. We support you. I love the vision I have in my head of the new line. You make it sound lovely.

Loretta C - July 9, 2014 - 1:47 pm

We are so excited to see this collection, Sam! The sneaks are ALMOST as lovely as you are 🙂

Stephanie L - July 9, 2014 - 12:53 pm

Love!!! Fall is all about the happy colors and I cannot wait to see more!

Luvmi Webber - July 9, 2014 - 8:20 am

Speechless wfrom this weenkday post;(((…

bridgette lott - July 8, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Sam, this is beautiful! 🙂

KaMarlowete - July 8, 2014 - 5:29 pm

Dreams, hopes, confidence, and love are like poetry. Not everyone is going to read the same line and feel the same fuzzy; nor are we all going to understand it or achieve it at the same time. Here’s to another year of fireflies, community, hope, and love.

Susan Whetstone - July 8, 2014 - 4:59 pm

Sam,the collection is adorable! Mike and I are so proud of you. You’ve come a long way from sitting on our living room floor and sewing up t-shirts on a borrowed sewing machine. You deserve all that you have achieved.

Erica Scott - July 8, 2014 - 3:20 pm

Beautiful post, beautiful designing and beautiful photos. Thanks for the new collection! I needed this one today!! Thanks!

Brittnie Shultz - July 8, 2014 - 2:45 pm

How exciting this all must be for you! I can already tell im going to want it all (again). I can’t wait to see the rest. I’m more of a fall person anyways but i have a feeling im going to be in love with this line!! Congrats on this and everything you will bring to MJC in the future!!

Jessica - July 8, 2014 - 2:43 pm

Love, Love!!

Brooklyn - July 8, 2014 - 2:42 pm

These aren’t just clothes, it’s a state of mind…I like that.

Jennifer L - July 8, 2014 - 2:16 pm

What a special and personal way to share the strength, hope, and determination so many of you at MJC have endured during difficult circumstances. I love how you described this new collection like a page out of your diary….so inspirational. Thank you!!

Amy - July 8, 2014 - 1:10 pm

beautiful!!!

portia - July 8, 2014 - 11:57 am

CUTE CUTE CUTE!!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait to see it alL!

Marcy Schneider Hoffman - July 8, 2014 - 10:22 am

Beautiful words, beautiful collection, beautiful women! Can’t wait to see more!

Tiffany - July 8, 2014 - 9:16 am

Just beautiful! I can’t wait for the collection!!

Beth Kregar - July 8, 2014 - 12:07 am

Love it so far! Can’t wait to see the rest!! (can I just go ahead and order that top in the last pic?!)

Laura Shigley - July 7, 2014 - 11:59 pm

Beautifully written! I feel like this whole collection and the meaning behind it will forever be with me because I have had these same feelings. MJC is truly a family <3

Melissa P. - July 7, 2014 - 11:25 pm

So cute! Love the color combination!

Amanda Moore - July 7, 2014 - 11:24 pm

So amazing…it’s been a difficult year for me as well and I had surgery last week to fix it all. At the hospital I had my bright hobo bag and made sure it sat out. The colors and fun fabric lift spirits so much having pretty items gave us something to smile about after surgery. This new line appears to be just as amazing. Can’t wait to spread some colorful cheer to patients in post op once I’m better again. Helped feel like everything was gonna be fine and even if it wasnt it would be pretty.

Gem - July 7, 2014 - 11:16 pm

Beautifully said. ❤️ Can’t wait for the new collection! The sneaks have already gotten me and my daughter so excited! 🙂

Amy - NC - July 7, 2014 - 11:13 pm

Sam- just wanted to say first off congrats and second well done, can’t wait to see more. I also just stepped into a head design / creative role (in home furnishings) and understand the excitement and trepidation of the first collection of a new chapter. You were put in this position for a reason…girl’s got talent 😉 can’t wait to see what the future holds for both you and MJC!

Monica Skrove - July 7, 2014 - 11:12 pm

Amazing! Can’t wait to see my sweet daughter in your vision. Blessings!

Maryann E. - July 7, 2014 - 10:51 pm

So excited to see what this new collection holds! Congrats on the beginning of new adventures!!

C Ryan - July 7, 2014 - 10:46 pm

Looks lovely!

Gina - July 7, 2014 - 10:36 pm

Sam,
Everything looks amazing! Absolutely beautiful! The colours, the prints.. I am so excited!!
You got this
xo

Samantha Guenther - July 7, 2014 - 10:32 pm

What a beautiful story behind the inspiration for this line. I love the name it reminds me of a magical secretive place to hide out and just be free. Beautiful name.

Brooke Malko - July 7, 2014 - 10:30 pm

LOVE it! the colors are just stunning! That Sara top with the ruffle and the birds – all those little details are what make MJ so special! Can’t wait to see it all!! Thanks for all the hard work ladies!

~Brooke

Rya - July 7, 2014 - 10:26 pm

Oh ladies, you’ve outdone yourselves. Please oh please tell me these amazing pieces go bigger than sz 8. Our young girls who are tall really want to wear these styles!!!

Ramilda V - July 7, 2014 - 10:21 pm

Eeekk!! I can’t wait ♡ the sneak has me wanting more!!

Abby - July 7, 2014 - 10:09 pm

Can’t wait to journey into the secret fields 🙂

Kait G - July 7, 2014 - 10:04 pm

Simply amazing! Love your passion, and your eye for design. Thank you so much for sharing, can’t wait to see you and the line in a few weeks at conf. <3

Stacie Petta - July 7, 2014 - 10:03 pm

I love it so far! And I loved ready your way of thinking and designing! It’s always fun to learn about behind the scenes!

Jennifer Shultz - July 7, 2014 - 9:45 pm

What a beautiful post, thanks for opening your heart and letting us hear a bit of your journey 🙂

Stephanie Casto - July 7, 2014 - 9:42 pm

Never stop believing Sam:) you’ve got this nailed:) love everything:)

Ava Castleberry - July 7, 2014 - 9:39 pm

So exciting Sam! Beautifully said and beautifully named! Can’t wait until we see it all next week! 🙂

Nicole S. - July 7, 2014 - 9:38 pm

It wasn’t until I bought my first MJ piece that I really got what it was all about. The texture and color combinations, the buttons, the details. I was awed. One year in and our closet is filled with beautiful clothing. Excited for the new line and everything it stands for.

Missy - July 7, 2014 - 9:37 pm

Beautiful post! Can’t wait to see more!

Kiley - July 7, 2014 - 9:29 pm

Can. Not. Wait. Great story and so inspiring!!! Love love love MJC!!

Stephanie MC - July 7, 2014 - 9:25 pm

The sneaks look gorgeous! I can’t wait to see the entire line.

Rochelle - July 7, 2014 - 9:24 pm

So wonderful!! Can’t wait to see it

Candice - July 7, 2014 - 9:13 pm

I love the symbolism of Secret Fields and admire the strength and courage both you and Denise generated in the midst of such upheaval and uncertainty. Just amazing… And…I love the sneaks and I look forward to all the releases! <3

Lisa Kelly - July 7, 2014 - 9:12 pm

Blessing inspirational

Michelle Gresham - July 7, 2014 - 9:08 pm

Beautifully said, Sam! You MJC girls have sure gone through a lot but always seem to know how turn lemons into lemonade. 😀 I can’t wait to see your fall collection. June marks a year since I found you guys; I am excited for what the future holds for MJC! <3

Jen Williams - July 7, 2014 - 8:58 pm

So precious Sam! Proud of you! These little sneaks look beautiful 🙂

Lisa Kelly - July 7, 2014 - 8:55 pm

Truly amazing , inspirational & a blessing to all !

Xoxo Kelly’s

Julie G - July 7, 2014 - 8:39 pm

LOVE IT!! Can’t wait!