On Saturday, December 14th Jennifer Montana held her first trunk show at Neiman Marcus Union Square in downtown San Francisco. Where she showcased two exclusive jewelry collections inspired by her family and her desire to work hands on for a charitable cause.
The show featured a collection of stunning vintage pieces, comprised of sterling silver that have never been seen nor sold prior to the trunk show. Each piece was designed and handmade by Jennifer herself, and included distinctive embellishments such as rounded diamond pins, pearls, and necklaces made of different chains latched together. As well as the Chain Reaction collection, which included necklaces and pins with keys attached. Each key is engraved with one of 10 motivational words, such as faith, dream, strength, love, and so on, that looks to convey a message of encouragement and optimism. “The idea for the motivational words came from my family. We try to raise our children in a positive way, and these are words we’ve felt that they either needed or represented. For example, my youngest son is in college, so he wears believe and dream, since we want him to believe in himself and to dream big,” said Montana.
JMD Designs main goals are to create eclectic, casual, and beautiful jewelry that inspire and encourage through the use of motivational words, and to improve the lives of underprivileged individuals through economic opportunity and support. For Jennifer, it all began with the idea of a key. As it represented the opening of doors, new beginnings, and new opportunities. To get hands on, Jennifer partnered with Harbor House, a multi-ethnic, Christian non-profit organization, that works to create positive and significant change for individuals and the community in Oakland, CA, to produce the JMD Chain Reaction collection. Harbor House also works to break down barriers people in low-income communities face to live well and thrive, by providing opportunities, such as ESL and language development courses, and economic development programs. Harbor House believes in the opportunity for adults to work and earn a decent living, and strive to provide entrepreneurial opportunities that align with the needs of the participants, as well as the needs of the community. According to Harbor House, “ In the past 40 years, we have served more than 100,000 people in spiritual, economic, and educational development.”
This is JMD’s first collaboration with Harbor House, one which Jennifer noted as a perfect pairing, and truly provides the opportunity for low-income and underprivileged individuals an opportunity to gain work experience, and provide financial stability and security for their families. “We were able to partner with individuals who would otherwise may not be able to be employed at the time, and provide them an opportunity to not only have a job, but a sense of community,” said Montana. Therefore, when purchasing a JMD key necklace, not only are you purchasing a unique piece of jewelry, but you are also helping to keep the Harbor House individuals employed and empowered with an outlook for a brighter future.
JMD is also donating 80% of net profits to go to Four Rings, Montana Family Foundation. Established in 2004, the foundation primarily supports family and children charities, throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington D.C., and other selected states in the U.S. “We focus on donating to family and children organizations, but it depends on who and where we can help,” said Montana.The foundation has been known to donate to Stanford Hospital, Hamilton Family Center, which was established in 1985 and works to end homelessness for families and individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area, and even to the Navy Seals. The chain reaction collection will go to benefit the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, as well as the Family House, a non-profit organization, that works to be a home away from home for the families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses receiving treatment at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital , and The Children’s Village in Sonoma County, a non-profit organization that helps provide homes for children and their siblings in foster care.
In addition to the jewelry, the trunk show featured an exclusive perk from the Joe and Jennifer Montana Ranch. With every purchase of $700 or more, customers received a bottle of homemade Villa Montana Olive Oil, produced and manufactured on their home ranch, and personally signed by Joe and Jennifer.
Only time will tell if JMD jewelry will be made available at Neiman Marcus, but the trunk show was certainly a fantastic opportunity for customers to do some holiday shopping for a great cause. And, there is still time to purchase JMD’s basic collection found online here. With every purchase you are not only getting a meaning gift for yourself or for someone you care about, but you are providing economic opportunity for others, and supporting a number of great organizations.