It’s clear that we’ve been missing out as we hadn’t heard of Matilda Jane Clothing until recently. Since they sent my daughter the above “confident and cool” top and matching floral pants (which happens to now be on sale), she has worn the outfit almost every day.
In fact, I just ordered her the next size up, because she’s growing like a weed and I want to be prepared.
But Matilda Jane Clothing is really more than about fun-yet-comfortable clothing for babies, girls and women. The company also provides entrepreneurs an opportunity to own their own home-based business and gives back in spades to those who are less fortunate.
One note about the clothes before I get into more about opportunities with the company… I like them for my daughter because she’s tall for an 8-year-old and wears a size 10 or 12. She will always wear clothes that are designed for older kids. Matilda Jane’s fun, whimsical clothes are both cute and age appropriate. I don’t have to worry about her browsing the site and choosing shorts that are too short or wanting things that are too mature for her age. The above dress was specifically selected by her because we’re headed to Maui soon and the cotton is so, so soft.
How Matilda Jane Clothing Works
In 2005, Matilda Jane Clothing’s founder Denise DeMarchis started what she called an “unpredictable clothing company” and began selling at art fairs across the Midwest. As an artist herself, she strove to keep the spirit of art fairs alive by moving the business to a direct sales model with an emphasis on building personal relationships. A new line of clothing is introduced twice a year in the spring and fall.
Matilda Jane pieces are sold through independent personal stylists called Trunk Keepers who are there to help women and girls look and feel their best. Matilda Jane considers their Trunk Keepers family as they maintain the same core values as the company itself. And, Matilda Jane devotees rely on Trunk Keepers both for orders and advice for things like how to mix and match the vibrant patterns Matilda Jane is known for.
The widespread success of Matilda Jane Clothing and dedication of Trunk Keepers enables the company to give back to local communities as well as those across the ocean. You can read about their various projects on the Matilda Jane blog. They’ve worked with Habitat for Humanity to build an entire subdivision in Fort Wayne, IN (where Matilda Jane is based) for families in need. Kids in the Changing the Face of Beauty campaign are also recent beneficiaries of Matilda Jane’s generousity. The list goes on (and on).
I personally like knowing that my Matilda Jane purchases support a local small business owner and that the greater company as a whole is generous with donating time and funds to various charities.
You Can Become a Matilda Jane Trunk Keeper
Trunk Keepers are entrepreneurs and owners of their own boutique business, be it part-time or full-time. Since it’s home-based, there is tremendous flexibility and unlimited earning potential.
Matilda Jane Clothing is now accepting new Trunk Keeper applications for for the fall season! If you’ve ever thought of opening your own boutique or working one-on-one with customers as a personal stylist but have held back because of the difficult retail hours or the start-up costs of a brick and mortar store, learn more about the Matilda Jane Clothing Trunk Keeper program.
For example, there are only a handful of Trunk Keepers in San Diego so this could be an incredible opportunity.
Earn Perks by Hosting a Trunk Show
For those who are not Trunk Keepers, the best way to load up on Matilda Jane Clothing is by hosting a Trunk Show. It’s the only way you and your guests can browse, touch and feel the clothes in advance of purchasing and it’s fun. Your local Matilda Jane Trunk Keeper provides support in the way of invitations and advice for a successful turnout. What a fun way to gather moms and their kids together for a private shopping event in your own home!
Those who can’t attend a trunk show or would like to browse online can do so. And, how cute is it that our clothes arrived bundled with such care and flourish?
Remember to consider Matilda Jane Clothing for back-to-school shopping season, too!
*This post is brought to you by Matilda Jane Clothing and I’m so grateful because it made me aware of their clothes and goodwill.