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.)
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.)
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!