Within a short time period of moving to southern California, and when I say short, I mean like about a month, I had become friends with a group of people who loved not only Disney, but also vintage, and they have quickly become like family to me, and what many of us refer to as our “Disney family”. Fast forward to Dapper Day Expo, March of 2015, I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely couple behind Match Accessories, Samantha and Jeremy.
For those unfamiliar with Match Accessories, they produce fabulous and fun vintage inspired jewelry, and are best known for their Disneyland inspired D brooches. The D brooch is a favorite among many members of my Disney family and many of us own multiples, as they have a wide variety.
Since meeting them, Samantha and Jeremy have become good friends of ours, and are part of that Disney family. We have spent many visits to the Disneyland Resort with them and their two darling children, Lillian and Harrison. But recently, the family behind these gorgeous pieces of wearable art have hit a tragic bump in the road. Samantha was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML), a rare and incurable form of leukemia. She has begun a life long treatment of daily oral chemotherapy, which is thankfully working, and there is confidence that she will enter remission in the near future. Samantha and Jeremy have been trying to fight this battle silently, and Jeremy as been doing everything in his power to help build up her spirits and keep her fighting. But what he thinks she really needs is a bit of Disney magic. Jeremy recently said that the “Disney family that we have found has proven to us the Disney Magic we have all believed in is real.” In an effort to lift her spirits Jeremy is attempting to raise funds to take Samantha to Disneyland for Dapper Day for the first time as a guest, not as a vendor, as she and her family have been for so long. It is a day where she and her family know they can spend time with the Disney family they have made, and enjoy true Disney magic with a retro flair.
To raise these funds, Jeremy decided to make brooches that combine their signature piece, the Disneyland D, with the orange leukemia awareness ribbon, which is now available in their shop. He kindly gave brooches to those close to their family to share on social media to help get the word out, and I feel very touched to have been included in this project. These special brooches are made of wood, using laser cut technology, and layered, creating a unique and stand-out look.
If you do decide to purchase one of these brooches, please share a picture of you wearing the brooch on Instagram using #ribbonsforsam.
Perhaps the Disneyland inspired D isn’t your thing, which is completely understandable, but I beg you to look at their shop, they have some of the most creative, vintage inspired pieces currently available on Etsy.