It’s time to dress a bit warmer

In anticipation of some cooler (ice and snow) weather, we at JustZen have now added quite a few long sleeve thermal and henley shirts. We announced those to our mailing list with the following messages:

14+9 New Henley Shirts

Hi ,
Wishing that ya’ll have a great weekend! – it’s Merlin from JustZen with a few new henley shirts.
Throughout the year our Henley Shirts have been your favorite, so we never let our inventory run too low, but different sizes fly off the shelves at different rates so I have added 14 new ones in size M and 9 in size L.
Now you get a little bit of an insight into our high-tech inner workings – when Gigi selects the items that need to go on the web site, these items get their number and then she photographs them.
I then get a list like this (see, not only the items are hand-made, also our paperwork is)…

together with all the photos and post them all on the web site after cropping and shrinking them. If you click on this list above you can see all the new items I just added.
One of the new shirts is this one that I personally like alot.

Hope you like ’em – the one I showed you here is item 2476 (size M) but if you want to see all our henleys you can click here.

PS Obviously these henley shirts are not the only thing we have – in case you missed my last mails – two week or so ago – we also added a whole new type of item – the V-Neck T-shirt, and last week I added a whole bunch of thermal shirts.
PPS: if you want to see Gigi this weekend and check out out items in the real world, you have to go to Arizona, she is at “The Fountain Festival” in Fountain Hills, AZ and has booth A82.

And then the next weeks we said:

More New Henley Shirts –
this time S, XL and XXL


Hope you did not think we would only have new henleys in M and L!

When I sent out my email yesterday I just did not manage to get them all out – I just needed another day – I got that – and here are the rest of the sizes of all those Henley Shirts.

Let me just show you what I added to the web site today – each of the pictures is clickable and brings you right to the item (there is a chance that it shows as SOLD – then somebody beat you to it.

Henley shirts in size S:

Henley shirts in size XL:

Henley shirts in size XXL:


PS As I was working on those henleys, I also added a few classic tanks in XL, and some of those cute flared tanks in size L with a side pocket.

Finally some new classic tanks – and some buddha bags

The following is a reprint of the message that JustZen sent out to all it’s great customers:

Greetings – Merlin here with news about some items we added to the JustZen Web site.

Some of you have been nearly angry with us that we had only two lonely classic tanks left on our web site. I now hope that this discontent with us will dissipate quickly as we finally got some more of these classic tanks ready and I – yours truly – have added them to the web site for you to peruse.
Here are two of those that I added…

If you like on of them above you can click on them to find them directly on the web site, but you can also see them all.

Our Buddha Bags are always flying out the door, particularly after they were featured in Women’s Health Magazine as an “Essential Item” – and so we added a few more to offer a bigger variety of colors and patterns. Here are two of them…

Click on picture to go directly to this bag

Click on picture to go directly to this bag

As usual, we have only one bag exactly as the one shown above, so depending on the time you go and take a look, it might be gone already – but there are many other nice ones  🙂

Hope you like ’em.

PS: …and don’t forget to check out our next generation of smock dresses – I know, it’s pretty late in the year for those, but the summer is still with us, so let’s use those beautiful days to the fullest…

Mountaineer Day and New T-Shirts

The last email that went out to JustZen’s customers and fans…

I might have mentioned it once or twice (or 100) times that part of JustZen’s operation – the corporate head-quarters – are up in the mountains high above Los Angeles. But don’t think of shiny chrome and glass sky-scrapers when you hear ‘corporate head-quarters’ – we are a very small mountain community of about 5000 and the highest things around here are the mountains.
Little bit of completely irrelevant trivia: we are at 5980 feet elevation which makes it just a bit over a foot per person 🙂
So, but why do I tell you this? This weekend, leading up to the forth of July, we have the Mountaineer days here in town with a fair and carnival, lots of food vendor and the whole town is in a festive mood.
This is the first time we take the opportunity to show our town that we exist and what we have to offer.
In order to have something new for the summer, we worked hard to get our new item – flared t-shirts with cap sleeves – ready.
And we even managed to get quite a few ready for the web site, so that not only Wrightwood can have them.
So, here’s how they look…

We sure hope you like them – we do  🙂
You can either click on the image above to get to the page for all our t-shirts (including the men’s t-shirts) or, as usual, you can View all New Items we added since the last update.
So, if you are in the greater Los Angeles area, it might be a good opportunity to learn about this little gem in the mountains. If you are a skier or snow-boarder in this area, I am sure you know about it – Mountain High is just around the corner.


PS: If you should manage to come up, swing by Gigi’s booth and tell her I sent you, I might get some nice treat later for dinner.

Summer Scarves – Really? Scarves in Summer?

Bringing ice cream to the Eskimos?

Hiring the fox to guard the chicken?

Offering scarves with the summer right around the corner?

All that seems to be pretty silly, right? But then again, there are the summer evenings, or a cruise to Alaska, or many other occasions we can imagine where having an accessory like one of our amazing scarves handy might come in – – – well – – – handy.

Let me first show you what we are talking about…

Aren’t these absolutely cool? Obviously the neck is not the only place where they can go, think of your waist worn as a belt, and maybe a bandana, if you find yourself at the beach and you happen to have one of these with you – – OK, how likely is that to happen?

Anyway, you get my drift – and considering that Mother’s Day is coming any moment now, I better leave you alone so that you can go and find one – or a few – of those summer scarves – – – – – – – –  silly – scarves in summer?!


PS: Gigi will be in Moscow this weekend. No, not the on in Russia, the one in Idaho – at the Renaissance Fair.

Hanky Hem Skirts in Gauze Cotton

Merlin here from JustZen, with a deep philosphical thought from my son (who is now starting to make his mark on twitter):

If the world ends in 2012, would school all be for nothing?

Fortunately I don’t buy into all those doom-sayers (and youngens who don’t want to do their school work) – my experience being that I lived through the Y2K without a scratch – and that means that we are making more amazing new mudmee tie-dye items.

This time I want to announce a new item we added to our line – a Hanky-Hem Skirt.

These are unusual in that we started with an eight-piece segmented skirt with each of these segments in a bit different color and then we did our mudmee tie-dye magic and transformed them into something you have probably never seen before – like this…

or, to take a closer look at one of them…

and if you like what you see, head over to the page for these mudmee Hanky Hem Skirts and get one (or a few) for yourself – – –

and let me know if you have some deeply philosophical thoughts yourself that I could pass on to my son 🙂

Hammer Pants

Merlin here from JustZen, with just a quick note that we are adding a new type of pants to our line:

Liberating Hammer Pants!

For now we have just a few to find out how you like them. So, if we get overwhelmed with orders we will have to get busy and make more, more, more.
Here are a few of those pants

and if you like what you see, head over to the page for the Hammer Pants and chose one for yourself.


PS: Gigi has a very big trip ahead of her – she will go up to Idaho, so if you are in that neck of the woods you might be able to meet her. Details coming up soon.

99 New Mudmee Tie-Dye Skirts

Even though we at the JustZen corporate headquarters are located in Southern California, we nevertheless are expecting heavy snow this coming weekend (we are high up in the mountains) and so we thought we just show off all the wonderful new skirts we just added to before we all get snowed in and lose power.

So, hold on to your chair, you have half a second for each skirt – and there will be a test later on…

One Giant Jack Fruit

Have you ever seen a jack-fruit that big?

OK, maybe there is a bit of exaggeration built-in.

But in reality, this beast was somewhere between 20 and 30 pounds and getting started breaking it open was not an easy task. But we finally got it cut in half and then we started, under the watchful eye of jackfruit-master Gigi to dissect it and learn what is edible and what better to discard.

There is a lot of waste and this video gives you some idea on what work we had to do to get to the good part…

The yield of one half of the jackfruit looked like this:

One bowl of fruit

and something for either cooking in salt water or maybe – it’s worth a try – roasting…

A smaller bowl of jackfruit seeds – supposed to be nutty

Season’s Greetings

With great appreciating for all of you who made our Wearable Art Tie-Dye such a big success, we are grateful that you gave us the opportunity to create something that we like to do and you like to have. We are specifically thankful that this also allows us to support our foster children in the developing world.

Thank you,
Merlin, Gigi and Zen

Tie-Dye and Hair

There was an opportunity to close the loop!

Tie-dye is, to some degree, synonymous with hippies. But what other characteristic is unavoidable connected with hippies? Long hair, of course!

And here we are at the musical ‘Hair’ – a musical icon for the hippie era. Your’s truly, growing up in the 70s certainly had the album  (on vinyl – remember those big 30cm black disks with grooves on them which stored the music?) as well as long hair to know what it was like.

And I even met and became friends with the guy who played the main role in the German stage production – so – I am connected!

Now, that we are running, with a type of tie-dye we often call tie-dye 2.0, we connect with quite a few hippies of those days.

Last week we got an order from Pat for a hoodie and a shirt with the question if we can manage to get this out in time to be worn at a stage production of – – – HAIR!

Certainly we made that happen – we just had to, and Pat promised to send pictures. Pat reported that the show has been excellent and that pictures were coming – and – today – we got one – she and her granddaughter at the San Francisco state show of Hair.

Thanks, Pat!

And this picture also goes into our ‘customer gallery’ – in case you don’t know – once we have filled up a gallery with 50 images, we have a raffle for all those who are in that gallery.

UPDATE: Pat sent another picture from her phone…