My name is Kimberly Fossler-Michaels. I am the co-creator and owner behind "Montana’s Heart Clothing Company."
My journey began in 1992 re-purposing one-of-a-kind vintage vests by hand dying and embellishing the vests purchased from antique shops around California. The line was initially named "Vintage Vests.”
My 1st success was a beautiful boutique in Studio City on Ventura Blvd., then another in Malibu beach that carried the line and was re-selling continuously. The line was expanding quickly and I hired a representative to help with the sales, I had now gone from a small vintage suitcase door to door, to a showroom in the California Mart. The jump from hobby to mainstream production then changed the name to "Kimberly Fossler Designs.” This was fun… exciting… and scary... jumping in feet first. I had an eye for what I liked and what would sell, but getting it there was a road unpaved for me. Step by step I learned from dye houses, sample makers, cutters, sewers, trimmers, quality control, merchandising, selling on and on to shipping and invoicing. This wasn’t just a business it was a lifestyle.
Over the course of 10 yrs. "Kimberly Fossler Designs” became known in the missy/contemporary world and sold to moderate to better boutiques and department stores nationwide.
In 1998 my daughter was born with unforeseen needs… Down Syndrome to be exact. I continued with the line for another year, but with the demands of being a new mom and new to the special needs population, I had another road to pave. Something had to give. So I made the decision of closing "Kimberly Fossler Designs" and moving to a small mountain area where my daughter, who had severe upper respiratory challenges, could have clean air and heal her lungs. Within a year our small village had a 200 sq. ft. space open, thus the beginning of a new venture, "Montana Joey Clothing Company”, the flip side of wholesale… Retail.
"Montana Joey Clothing Company” opened its doors in 2001 with the overstock of the Kimberly Fossler line combined with gifts from my Mother’s antique collection.
Over the past 13 years the boutique grew to 1800 square ft., carrying moderate to better lines for both Men, Women and Children, footwear , jewelry and Home Décor...
We are inspired by modern fashion trends and simple classic designs . Each product is carefully chosen with our customer in mind, offering something to be of some sort of personalization or individuality. We're always looking for new and fresh items to feature for unique women everywhere.
"Montana Joey Clothing Company" exists because of Persistence, Passion and family and friends who have provided inspiration and encouragement along the way.
Thus bringing us to the newest collection "Montana’s Heart" a faith based line, driven by my daughter Montana Joey. This inspirational line of clothing is not only beautiful and timeless, but is meant to encourage and spread HOPE. A percentage of proceeds is put aside to enhance the lives of children and adults with Down Syndrome.
We are currently contributing to the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County (DSAOC)
Spreading HOPE one tiny seed at a time!