Monday, April 27, 2009

Plus size clothing highlight: Tennis clothes for active women

Here at Junonia, we’re fans of all sorts of sports, from swimming to volleyball to distance running. With spring coming on, there’s been a lot of buzz around the office about heading back out to the tennis courts. If you’re a longstanding member of the net set, or even if you’re just thinking about exploring the allure of the clay courts, Junonia’s tennis-inspired styles will have you looking and feeling like a real ace.

We offer a wide range of styles suited for the tennis court, including much of our moisture-wicking QuikWik® collection and a great selection of active/casual polo tops. A few of our staff’s personal favorites: the QuikWik® Power Play Skirt (complete with attached shorts and ball pockets - no bloomers needed!), the QuikWik® Drop-Shoulder Tee (featuring adjustable sleeves for extra versatility) and the Magic Lift® Active Support Bra (for strong, wireless support on the court and off).

Friday, April 24, 2009

Junonia mailbag: What makes your plus size active wear better than the rest?

[Today we feature a question from Tasha, one of the wonderful customer service representatives at the Junonia call center.]

Hi Anne,

I have had several customers ask me about Micropoly, the fabric. Some of our clothes use it in the item description. I have searched for it on the web and I cannot find an answer. Is it breathable? Is it similar to cotton? Does it stretch?


Hi Tasha,

This is a great question that gets to the heart of one of Junonia’s proudest facets: our use of innovative fabrics that often just aren’t found elsewhere. Micropoly is a key component of our much-loved QuikWik® apparel, the backbone of our active wear department. I passed this question along to our tech designer Rachel, who had plenty to say about our unique and functional Micropoly fabrics.

“Micropoly is essentially a thin polyester fiber. It is flatter and sleeker than standard polyester. In the case of our QuikWik® styles, it is blended with Lycra and knitted into the fabric. The mechanical stretch of the knit and the stretch of the fabric fibers themselves give Quikwik® the stretch and durability that our customers know and love.”

“Most of our active gear uses Micropoly instead of cotton,” Rachel continues, “and for good reason. Cotton is a breathable fabric that keeps you cool by allowing air to pass through. That makes it perfect for casual wear and lighter workouts. In a more strenuous workout, however, cotton tends to get wet and heavy. Quikwik® is a high tech wicking fabric. It keeps you cool by pulling the moisture away from the body so it can evaporate. The Micropoly fibers in our Quikwik® fabric will not ever truly get wet like cotton does.”

Thanks for the questions, and please keep them coming!

Anne Kelly
Founder and Chair
Junonia Ltd.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Plus size clothing highlight: Convertible Surplice Suit

Swimwear shopping can be such sweet sorrow. Finding a plus size swimsuit that fits and flatters is often a challenge – an exhilarating one, to be sure, but a challenge nonetheless. And as with anything, quality swimwear doesn’t come cheap. For savvy shoppers who want to maximize the value of their purchases, a piece that’s durable, comfortable and offers a variety of looks is a real find.

That makes Junonia's convertible swim styles a particularly sound investment. These cleverly designed items allow you to change your look to suit your situation at the beach, the pool or the lake. Our Convertible Surplice Suit, for instance, features a side tie that adjusts easily for full coverage or a playful shirred look. With an eye-catching contrast-colored band at the front and back, this durable, adjustable swimsuit instantly expands your summer swim wardrobe.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Plus size clothing highlight: Batik Casual Clothes

Junonia’s lead designer Emily is a self-confessed “fabric nerd.” She’s fascinated by the process that goes into making each of our marvelous materials, but there are a few fabrics that really get her enthused. Our Batik Casuals fall into that category. “Batik is an awesome dyeing process that not a lot of people know about,” she explains. “Professional artisans coat the fabric with hot wax, then dip it in dye. As the wax coating cracks, the dye seeps into the fabric and creates beautiful, one-of-a-kind patterns.”

Those pretty patterns are perfect for capturing the spirit of summer, which makes our beautiful Batiks ideal staples for warm weather casual wear. Try a plus size camp shirt over a solid-color tee, or match batik skirts or pants with an embroidered top. Whatever look you prefer, Junonia’s Batik Casuals add an exotic, eye-catching option to your summer wardrobe.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Junonia mailbag – Great customer service is key!

Hi Anne,

I've been a longtime Junonia customer. I just wanted to tell you that I called and spoke with one of your customer service reps. I had some questions about an order I received and she was so helpful. She got the information for me and then continued to guide me to two similar items that were on sale. I just spent another $70, but I’m thrilled about it! She was so nice and so helpful. You have really good employees and your merchandise is wonderful.


Hi Anne,

I wanted to comment on some bras I just purchased, and my great sales service. I was very happy with the service I got from several people I talked to on the phone. I LOVE the Goddess Bra that I purchased on the service rep’s recommendation. I would have never purchased a wireless bra if my phone person hadn't told me it was a best seller and I could easily return it if I didn't like it. I just ordered another one. Unbelievably comfortable and supportive! Really the most comfortable bra I've owned in years! We large busted women spend years trying to figure that out! And no underwire? Amazing!

Thank you,

Hi, Eunice and Vivian,

Thanks for writing with warm words about our customer service people. I’ve always thought they have one of the toughest jobs in the company, because they’re dealing with so many people who have concerns or confusion about our products. Thankfully, we have a crackerjack staff of reps who are well-trained and totally prepared to handle just about any question that gets thrown at them.

Dealing with plus size clothing can be tricky for both customers and service people, because finding clothes that offer just the right fit, sizing and comfort is so important. That’s why we have a trained, knowledgeable staff on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-JUNONIA.

Not only can our reps answer just about any question you might have about Junonia products or service, they’re also able to give you guidance to make the best shopping choices for your individual needs. In Eunice’s case, she was able to find some great discounts on items she might not have known about. In Vivian’s case, our agent was able to address her concerns about plus size wireless bras using other customers’ positive experiences as a reference point. Helpful, friendly service with a personal touch – that’s the Junonia way!

Thanks for reading, and keep those letters coming,
Anne Kelly
Founder and Chair
Junonia Ltd.