OUR STORY

A LETTER FROM OUR FOUNDER:

Hello! 

Thank you so much for visiting KODA Clothiers. It is my goal for you to feel welcome and excited to explore our site and what we have to offer. Personally, I have always trusted companies a bit more when I feel like I knew some of their background. To put a face and name with who you are entrusting your hard earned money. So, this is a little about me and how we came to be here.

KODA Clothiers was a dream of mine that I finally made a reality of at the beginning of 2023. It stemmed from a love of fashion and sharing that love with those closest to me. I wanted an outlet where women could find pieces of clothing and accessories that make them feel confident and empowered, when maybe they don't always feel that way on the inside. An outfit can sometimes be so much more than just a dress or a pair of pants. It can be a statement of who you are and your story. 

My story led me to creating this boutique. As most do in their early twenties, I really had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and worked jobs after college that I knew were not going to be permanent, but they paid the bills. I even went back to get my masters in education and eventually left the field of teaching after a couple years as well. It wasn't until I started to work for my family's company, and was around some great role models, that I realized I wanted to own my own business. The lightbulb finally went off and I knew exactly what I wanted to do, and it was this shop.

A shop that offers women quality pieces to add to their wardrobe for any occasion or just day to day wear. Pieces that will make them smile when they look in the mirror and know they can tackle anything that day throws at them.

 

So where did the name KODA Clothiers originate? Dog lovers only read on...

The entire time that I was "finding myself" over the years, I always had my partner in crime. My dog Koda. A Great Pyrenes/German Shepherd mix. I adopted him my last year of college and he and I went through everything together. When he was only a few months old, I broke my back and he didn't leave my bedside for months. He was there through multiple moves, career changes, and many a break ups until I met my wonderful husband, Kyle. Koda helped shape me into who I have become today. He was my fierce protector and shadow, saving my life on a couple of occasions. He kept me sane and determined to succeed. There wasn't anything I wouldn't do for him and vice versa. 

Our story, though, sadly lost one of its main characters this past February 2023, only a month after finally buying my business and naming it after him. At 9 short years, my boy left us after developing aggressive cancer. Little did I know when I decided to name this business after him, that it would become a memorial to him. That after all of the soul searching we went through together, that we finally did it and he will continue to be my side as I go through this new journey. 

KODA Clothiers is a tribute of love between a girl and her loyal friend. 

This is my story, and I hope to help you with yours.

- Jess Starke