Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Junonia mailbag: Your plus size apparel got me back in the water!

Dear Anne,

When I first bought clothes at Junonia, I was a size 6X. I bought mainly swimwear, and it took all my courage to go to the pool. The way my Junonia swimwear looked so good and fit me so well gave me that extra nudge to do it. It took me months before I was able to ignore the crowd and create a little bubble where I could ignore the stares of other people. I was able to just do my thing, which was half an hour a daily laps. A year later, 80 pounds lighter and down to a size 3X, the word “downsizing” has a new meaning for me.


I give credit to the designs and fit of Junonia clothes. Believe me, I bought a little bit of everything over the years. Only Junonia helped me boost my confidence and made me feel good and comfortable enough to get out there, being active and healthy. Along with my swims, I now have added bike rides. I am like a kid again, never wanting to come in after a great ride. And again, Junonia came through with great biking shorts and panties.


Junonia is with me on this journey. It is so good to be able to rely on a company to provide clothes for an active lifestyle, since other brands and manufacturers of sport clothes have shamelessly ignored those larger sizes. Thank you to everybody at Junonia. Now I only need the Canadian dollar to do better so I can afford more of your stuff!


Thank you,

Suzanne


Hi Suzanne,


What a lovely letter. Your wonderful e-mail brought tears to my eyes. Congratulations on your journey. You are an inspiration to me and I'm sure to many other women. I, too, have been “downsizing” this year and feel great.


At Junonia, we don’t put a lot of emphasis on losing weight. We believe women can be healthy and active at any size, and we strive to create clothing that makes those activities fun and comfortable. At the same time, we know that many of our customers are interested in dropping a size or two, and we love being able to accommodate those women as well. We look at weight loss as a personal matter. If you choose to “downsize,” we say more power to you! And if you’re happy just the way you are, we think that’s just great too!


Over the years, I’ve received more than a few letters from women who loved Junonia swim and active styles when they began their weight loss journeys, but had since moved out of our size range. It always makes me smile a little when those women tell me how much they miss their Junonia gear. Isn’t it sort of a nice change of pace to have smaller ladies be jealous of plus size women for their clothing options?


Thanks for writing, and keep the letters coming.


Anne Kelly

Founder and Chair

Junonia, Ltd.

annekellyfounder@junonia.com

1 comment:

Jane C said...

I too love your swimwear, but over the last couple of seasons almost all tall torso swimsuits have disappeared! I need that extra torso length. The spa suit is fine, but a little more choice would be nice for tall women like me.