Locally Made Monday - Matilda Jane Clothing

By ANDREW LOGSDON | alogsdon@wfft.com

Published 10/28 2013 08:00PM

Updated 10/29 2013 08:45AM

Northeast Indiana is known for its designer bags.

But here's a company right in our backyard that is stitching its way into the children's clothing market.

It’s this week's Locally Made Monday report.

This week, we're talking a look at Matilda Jane.

They make women's and children's clothing.

It started seven years ago in Fort Wayne, moved several times, continued to grow.

And now, their clothes go worldwide.

"Part of the premise of the company is to help little girls by little girls as much as possible,” says Matilda Jane CEO Jeff Blade.

It started with two women.

"Matilda Jane started six and a half years ago with the vision of Denice DeMarchis, who's our founder and creative director, and her longtime friend, Lynette Heisler,” Blade says.

Starting out by selling girls clothes at art fairs, the two formed Matilda Jane in Fort Wayne.

Which today has grown to fifty local employees.

"We sell through four hundred trunk keepers throughout the U.S. ... So they host in-house trunk shows where they sell directly to consumers in their homes,” Blade says.

Employees say there's also trunk keepers in Canada, giving the company a global flair for dressing kids.

Shipping to all over the world.

And it continues onto the internet.

"What's made right here in Fort Wayne is the Platinum line, and that is all sold on the web,” Blade says.

Every summer it holds an art fair event for customers that they say draws over 15,000 people to the area.

If you want to find out how you can be a trunk keeper-

Or to buy some of their clothing-

Check them out-

If you have any ideas for businesses you'd like to see covered on a future Locally Made Monday report-

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