Mono B Blog

  1. New Fabric Alert: TACTEL® Microfiber for Mono B Activewear

    After its success with Mono B BRONZE (the pure-performance activewear line featuring items made of Lycra® and Supplex® or another blend of Lycra) and Mono B GREEN (with 100% recycled polyester or 100% recycled nylon mixed with another fiber), Mono B now introduces TACTEL® to its core activewear line.

    Produced by Invista, the maker of Lycra, TACTEL is a nylon 66 microfiber that dries eight times faster than cotton. It's also at least twice as soft and 20% lighter than most fabrics. The suppleness and softness of TACTEL help minimize chafing. Two other important aspects of TACTEL are its breathability and noticeable strength.

    As with other nylon fibers, TACTEL is hygroscopic. It absorbs moisture out of the air or out of its surrounding (such as our skin). The higher the humidity, the faster nylon will absorb moisture, until it becomes saturated. When exposed to dryer air, the moisture will evaporate and the fiber will dry out.

    All these traits make TACTEL an ideal microfiber to use in activewear.

    TACTEL activewear items are now available for Mono B's first 3D animal print jacquard line, available in 3D Giraffe and 3D Leopard (such as APH8039-Natural and the matching sports bra AT8040-Natural, in the picture to the left). The raised outer surface of the item creates a unique sensation. The leggings (in all lengths) also have an inner lining whose color matches the outer shell, so you can move with more freedom.

    Click here to start exploring our TACTEL items, or type in "TACTEL" in the search bar.

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  2. We've reopened!

    As the state of California has begun its phase 2 in reopening the economy, we'd like to let you know that we're also back in operations. The health and safety of our staff and customers remain the most important aspects and so, here are some things we ask you to understand regarding the new-normal situation:

    1. We've minimized delays in processing your order (now it's between one and three business days, on average).
    2. We're still working on processing your returns (whether you've returned the items or just started the claim).
    3. The warehouse is still not open for pick-ups.
    4. We aren't responsible for lost or delayed packages at consolidation drop-offs. Please check with your consolidating company whether it's open for business.
    5. Most mail carriers are still putting the signature delivery feature on hold. Please make sure you put the correct shipping address.


    Thank you for understanding. We're excited to reopen and speaking to you once again. Together, we'll #reclaimfashion.

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  3. You're Our Heroes! (Update on Covid-19 Operational Hours)

    Los Angeles has extended its Safer-at-Home order until May 15. This means, Mono B is complying by limiting its operations till this date (or until further notice).

    Some of our Covid-19 policies remain unchanged.

    There will be a delay in processing your order (three to seven business days).

    We no longer open our warehouse for pick-ups and we no longer deliver for consolidation.

    We no longer ship internationally.

    We've also extended our returns window two fourteen days but we're not able to process new returns at the moment. If you need to make a return or missing claim, please fill out the Returns Authorization Form (RMA) and we will process it once our offices have fully reopened. You can find the link to our RMA and returns policy on our returns policy page.

    We've also started a new Facebook Group for verified members only where we drop Digital Style Preview videos. Each video contains several styles that you can see in motion. We hope this will somewhat satisfy your need for going to trade shows or our showroom in LA's Fashion district.

    Thank you for understanding. We hope you and your loved ones stay safe.

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  4. Digital Style Preview 4/10 RECAP

    We just had the world-premiere of our Digital Style Preview on April 10 and we thank you for the responses. Many of you are asking for the availability and more description of the styles. Well, here's the recap with the complete breakdown. 

    Don't forget, sneak-peek clips will be released on our Instagram, Facebook Fan Page, and Twitter, whilst full clips will be dropped on our members-only Facebook Group page. Please join the group if you haven't done so.

    Our model is 5'5" and wears sample size S.


    AT2821: Snow Leopard Striped Band Sports Bra
    APH2820: Snow Leopard Striped Band Highwaist Leggings (will also be available in XS:S:M pack)
    81% nylon, 19% spandex.
    PREORDER: ETA May/June 2020

    APH2820 and the matching sports bra, AT2821 were made with the exclusive Snow Leopard print 2.0 and have cherry-red stripe accent.
    We've done quite a few items with striped waist band and they've been selling well. This one reminds us of the bolder, Snow Jaguar highwaist leggings with glittery golden band from F/W 2019 (one of our all-time best-sellers, BTW).


    KT11428: Twisted Front Gathered Back Athleisure Crop Top

    Available colors: Black, Medium Mocha, White
    50% cotton, 50% modal.
    PREORDER: ETA May/June 2020

    Extra breathable (made using cotton-modal blend), we'd recommend wearing this top as a coverup for your Mono B (or any kind of) sports bra, whether before, during, or after working out. Although it's a crop top, the silhouette is still long enough to cover your tummy (especially if you're wearing a pair of highwaist leggings). The twisted front and the gathered back cinch the waist for a flattering look.


    AT2770: Contrast Stitch Raglan Crop Shirt
    APH2771: Splice Colorblock Highwaist Leggings with Contrast Seams (also available in XS:S:M pack)
    88% polyester, 12% spandex.
    AVAILABLE NOW.

    This set reminds us of Tron. It's so futuristic. The contrast stitching on both the top and the leggings are designed to create a slimming silhouette.



    AT2868: Ribbed Twist Accent Racerback Sports Bra
    87% nylon, 13% spandex.
    PREORDER: CONFIRMED DATE April 27, 2020

    APH2704: Melange Essential Highwaist Leggings (also available in XS:S:M pack)
    87% polyester, 13% spandex.
    AVAILABLE NOW.

    Following the twisted-front theme, the AT2868 racer sports bra was made using all-over ribbed fabric and has a cut-out accent on the front with a twisted stitch.

    Black does go with everything, and we pair this with our melange pastel leggings (APH2704) for a contrast look. Like all our essential leggings, this pair doesn't come with any embellishment, only the necessary discreet pouch inside the waist band and two side pockets.


    KT11396: Dip-Dye Ombre Drop-Sleeve Crop Top
    52% cotton, 48% polyester.
    PREORDER: CONFIRMED DATE April 27, 2020

    If tie-dye is a little bit too much for you, opt for the dip-dye. This finish is so subtle and adds a dash of character to the apparel. Layer it over your leggings and sports bra or sweatpants for a truly comfortable wear that's video-call friendly.


    APH8005: Mono B GREEN Overlay Mesh Pocket Highwaist Leggings (also available in XS:S:M pack)
    AVAILABLE NOW: Cantaloupe, Moss Green
    Preorder colors: Black, Dejavu, Natural 10, Pepper Corn/PREORDER: ETA August/September 2020
    80% recycled polyester, 20% spandex.

    One of our best-selling Mono B GREEN leggings, this pair was made with post-consumer recycled polyester (click here to see the lifecycle of recycled polyester and nylon). Shown here are APH8005 in Cantaloupe, for a bright and different take on pastel pink.


    KT11387: Essential Athleisure Tiger-Dye Crop Shirts
    58% cotton, 38% modal, 4% spandex.
    PREORDER: CONFIRMED DATE May 1, 2020
    Tie-dye is making a comeback! (But has it truly ever left?) This striped tie-dye athleisure shirt features a blend of white, grey, and dark grey tones with peach to break the monochromatic look and infuse a dash of the trending Spring/Summer 2020 color.


    KT11409: Twist Front Crop Athleisure Tank Top
    Available colors: Black, Medium Mocha, White
    50% cotton, 50% modal.
    PREORDER: CONFIRMED DATE April 20

    With overlaying twist front and sleeveless design, this slightly cropped muscle tank is the perfect and versatile accompaniment to both your active and couch lifestyles. The cotton-modal blend makes the fabric breathable even for when you're working out at home.


    APH826: Pale Snake Highwaist Capri Leggings (also available in XS:S:M pack)
    75% polyester, 25% spandex.
    AVAILABLE NOW

    It doesn't matter how many snake prints we have, we can never get enough! There's something magical and primal about snakes and reptiles, and some people attribute this to the way they move and how close they always stay to the ground.

    We started our line of snake prints in Holiday 2018 and they've been best (and fast) sellers. This one, made using the Mono B exclusive Pale Snake print, is almost gone as well.


    Sneak-peek clips will be released on our Instagram, Facebook Fan Page, and Twitter, whilst full clips will be dropped on our members-only Facebook Group page.

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  5. New Feature: Digital Style Preview!

    Since it looks like we won't be going to trade shows any time soon (or opening the showroom), we've decided to showcase our styles digitally.

    Sneak-peek clips will be released on our Instagram, Facebook Fan Page, and Twitter, whilst full clips will be dropped on our members-only Facebook Group page.

    We hope this will at least give you a sense of how the clothes look like in motion.

    Stay safe, everyone!

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  6. Going Out? Tips on How to Stay Safe during the Covid-19 Pandemic

    The safety guidelines to minimize the risk of Covid-19 exposure call for staying in. Whether you're an outdoorsy person or a homebody, this can be a challenge. Humans are social creatures. We're designed to interact, and nothing beats actual interaction in real life, and by real life, we mean non-digitally. Social gatherings have been banned (rightly so) and social distancing is the new norm.

    Across Los Angeles, where Mono B is located, many parks and hiking trails have been closed to discourage people from clustering in groups. Working out at home is acceptable, at least when gyms and HIIT studios are reopened, your body won't be too shocked and sore. But we still need sunshine (even if we take Vitamin D supplements) and with businesses and schools being closed, the air has become less polluted.

    In fact, in LA, the last time the ozone level reached unhealthy levels was back in February. Thanks to the rain and less traffic, the sky and the air have become clearer. This is excellent news since poor air quality has been linked to worse Covid-19 cases.

    Although most states have closed national parks and beaches, they encourage you to rediscover your neighborhood. So fill your lungs with clean(er) air and get that sunshine on you, but don't forget these pointers:

    Practice social distancing

    The six-feet of distance guide is based on studies of respiratory physiology. Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University says, "Without a cough or a sneeze, if we exhale, the distance 3 to 6 feet from each other is called the breathing zone. And it's in that kind of volume of air that what I exhale begins to mix with the air that's already in the room."

    If you're standing within three to six feet of a person, you may inhale what that person exhales. And if you're infected, what you exhale contains the virus.


    Pay close attention to your surroundings

    This is important not just during the pandemic, but also whenever you're out and about. Don't glue your eyes to your phone. You may have earbuds in when you're jogging or commuting, but at least look in front and around you.


    Make way whenever possible (aka don't hog the sidewalk)

    Most joggers and bicyclists don't have the luxury of running or cycling on car-free roads. Joggers mostly run on sidewalks, and most sidewalks aren't six feet wide. When you see another jogger coming towards you, be sure to keep your distance. If this means you'll need to get off the sidewalk and onto the street, check your surroundings first for vehicles and cyclists.

    Also, make sure to wait at a good distance away from a crosswalk.


    Don't touch that crosswalk button

    If you absolutely must, push the button with your elbow or bump it with your hip. If the button is too tiny, you can try to push it with the edge of your phone.


    Don't touch your face (or your head)

    Minimize contact between your hand and your face. This may be difficult when you want to wipe that sweat or adjust your glasses or headphones. Instead of your hand, try to do it with your upper arm.


    Sanitize afterward

    Clean your phone and other paraphernalia using disinfectant or alcohol. If you have access to a washing machine, you can wash your clothes right away. If you don't or would rather wait to have a fuller wash load, please separate the clothes and put them inside a water-proof garment bag. until you're ready to wash them.

    Click here for tips on how to do your laundry during the pandemic.

    Click here for list of products that can be used to combat the novel coronavirus.


    Listen to your body

    Drink plenty of water. Wear sunblock before going out into the sun. Apart from exercising, resting is also key to staying healthy. If you feel unwell, stay inside. Don't forget to cough and sneeze into your elbow or into a disposable tissue.


    Listen to your healthcare officials

    This global pandemic is an unprecedented and trying time. Researchers and scientists are working around the clock to find a vaccine and minimize the virus from spreading. That means there's new information almost hourly. Stay informed and keep your eyes and ears on reputable sources. Don't buy into the panic. What we do will make a difference.

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  7. Mono B Is Temporarily Closed Due to Covid-19 Pandemic

    Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and to comply with the new Safer-at-Home guidelines announced by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, we're temporarily suspending all our operations (both at the showroom and the e-commerce team) starting from March 21 until April 19 or until further notice.

    When you place an order on our site or on other platforms, your card (or PayPal) will not be charged until the items are ready to be shipped out to you. As such, rest assured all unprocessed orders have not yet been charged.

    If you'd like to cancel an order, please send us an email to info@monobclothing.com. Make sure to have your order number ready. Please be aware that there will be a delay in the response. Otherwise, we'll process the orders chronologically with a priority fast-track for our VIP members once we reopen.

    VIP customers: we've suspended your monthly subscription, but your VIP account remains active. You will not be charged on your next billing cycle (April 2020). We will resume the monthly billing on the first day of the month of reopening (eg: if we reopen on April 20, your monthly VIP membership will begin on May 1, 2020). Please also contact us by email to info@monobclothing.com should you wish to cancel your VIP subscription. If you subscribe using PayPal, you can cancel your subscription by logging into your PayPal account.

    The health and safety of our employees and customers are our main priority. We hope you, your loved ones, and those around you stay safe. This is an unprecedented and deeply trying time, but together, we will emerge victoriously and #ReclaimFashion.

    We will keep you updated through our social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, all @monobclothing) and the Mono B blog, as well as through email.

    Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to servicing you once again.

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  8. A Message from Mono B


    As we're charting unknown territories during these unprecedented times, Mono B would like to ensure you we understand your concerns, both health and financial.

    We've taken measures to protect our employees from Covid-19, and that includes doing rotational shifts to comply with social distancing guidelines and working from home whenever possible.

    For you, our customers, we're having a 50% discount on ground shipping from March 18 till March 31. If you'd like expedited shipping, we'll deduct 50% from the regular ground shipping and apply it as a credit to your expedited shipping total.

    We're also extending our regular returns window, from four days after receiving the package to 14 days after receiving the package.

    We have confirmed in-bound products from our factories in China and Vietnam, and you can view them in the Coming Soon section. The delivery date on the website is an estimation. Please allow up to a week of difference in the dates.

    We understand how important our employees and customers are to us, as they are the backbone of our business.

    Thank you for your continued support.

    Terms & Conditions for 50% OFF Ground Shipping:

    1. Valid for shipping address within the 48 contiguous US states.
    2. No minimum or maximum order amount.
    3. Valid only for ONLINE orders and shipments made from March 18 till 31, 2020
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  9. A Brief History of Red & Pink

    Lola (from Kinky Boots) perhaps has the best line when it comes to the color red. It is the color of desire, and thus, love. Red is the shade of choice for a restaurant's interior because it stimulates the customer's appetite. There's still an urban legend that goes around saying red cars get ticketed more often than cars in other colors.

    Back in the seventeenth century, one of the original red dye came from an insect called cochineal, a little bug that now lives mainly in Peru and the Canary Islands. When Spaniard invaded Mexico in the 16th century, they saw the Aztecs had vibrant fabrics dyed in red, so the European invaders stole the Aztec's discovery of the cochineals. At that time, there had already been other sources of red dyes, but nothing was as pigmented or able to produce red hues that stayed longer on textiles.

    The Spaniards harvested the bugs, dried them, and sent them to Europe. For a long time, the bugs were one of the best-kept secrets in the dying industry because the European importers couldn't tell if the pellets they received were berries, bugs, or minerals, and the Spaniards were tight-lipped about how they procured them.

    However, in 1869, the synthetic red dye Alizarin was discovered. This dye was the first natural dye to be produced synthetically (in nature, this type of red dye was extracted from madder root). And thus the cochineal industry was upended.

    Fun fact: did you know that the red dye in your food and or cosmetics may have come from dried cochineals? The demand for natural ingredients has resurrected the need to harvest the cochineal bugs, and apparently the dye from cochineals is safe enough to put near the eyes. Check the product's ingredients. If they include carmine, cochineal extract, or natural red 4, then that product was made using cochineal bugs. But not to worry, vibrant-red sweet potatoes are now used to replace the bugs as a source of red dye.

    But back in the sixteenth century, the cost of red dye so high that only the rich and well-connected could afford it. One of the most famous fans was Louis XIV. Not only did he wear garments in red, but he also painted his heels scarlet. According to historian Philip Mansel, the gesture of painting heels meant that the nobles never dirtied their shoes, and that the red color meant the wearer was "always ready to crush the enemies of the state at their feet." Mind you, this is the same Louis XIV who famously said, "It is legal because I wish it."

    Fun fact: although the current pope, Pope Francis, has chosen to wear black shoes, traditionally, popes had always worn red papal shoes. The red shoes symbolize Jesus Christ's blood when he was whipped on his way to being crucified, and of course, when his hands and feet were pierced on the cross. Many popes decided to forego this tradition, but Pope Benedict XVI restored the use of the red papal shoes.

    Another shade of red that's just as popular, is pink. Nowadays, pink is a girl's color. This is evident in Barbie's hot pink color identity and the iconic pussyhats (initiated by Krista Suh and Jayna Zweiman) that first made their appearance in the US' 2017 Women's March.

    However, this wasn't the case in the mid-1700s. in Europe, both male and female aristocrats, wore pink because it was considered a luxurious color that symbolized wealth, class, and privilege. In fact, Madame de Pompadour, Louis XV's chief mistress, loved pink so much that in 1757, the French porcelain manufacturer, Sèvres, named a new shade of pink, Rose Pompadour.

    Back in those days, children of both sexes were dressed in white, and pink was assigned to the boys because it was thought to be close to red, a color associated with masculinity, and had military undertones.

    In the mid 19th century, men started wearing darker tones, leaving pastels to the women, and thus pink became a feminine color. This feminization was also attributed in part to the color's proximity to the naked female body.

    The Nazis saw this color and applied it to their coding system, where gay men in concentration camps had to wear a large pink triangle, intended as a badge of shame. These gay men were lumped with rapists and pedophiles, who also wore pink triangle badges.

    In 1950s postwar America, pink has generally been associated with girls, whilst blue with boys. "Society decides what colors mean," said Valerie Steele, editor of the book Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color, and director of The Museum at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology. "When that particular divide was made, it reinforced the perception of pink as a frivolous, because of its association with women, who have been traditionally looked down upon."

    But the color pink has been reclaimed. The pink triangle has now become a powerful symbol of gay pride. Rihanna came up with a pink Fenty x Puma collection that features items for men. Pink is punk, as declared by The Ramones and The Clash.

    But as punk as pink (or P!nk) is, this color is still considered a variation of the red hue. Therefore, just like red, pink (and its counterparts like peach, fuchsia, and cantaloupe) are the colors for Valentine's Day.


    Photos:

    Swimsuit (sold as a set): AS142-Tomato-Red
    Activewear (Mono B GREEN, sold separately): AT8004-Cantaloupe (sports bra) & APH8007-Cantaloupe (highwaist leggings)

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  10. Meet Our Eco-Friendly line, Mono B GREEN

    We get it, you love fashion, and so do we! But we're also aware that the fashion industry is the second-largest Earth polluter, just behind the oil industry. On a side note, it takes fossil fuels to create fibers like polyester, nylon, and viscose.

    The year 2020 marks Mono B's eleventh anniversary. Last year we released Mono B MEN, our range of activewear, athleisure apparel, and loungewear for men. Two years ago, we released Mono B SWIM (and we can't wait to launch more of our swimwear line this summer). This year, though, is special. This is the year Mono B goes one step further and improves our activewear collection by adding Mono B GREEN, featuring leggings and sports bras made using either 100% recycled polyester or 100% recycled nylon.

    Unlike cotton, virgin polyester and virgin nylon fibers aren't found in nature, and it takes human ingenuity to discover it and perfect it.

    Polyester, which is a polymer, can be found in plastic, such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles. And yes, you have probably seen photos of PET bottles littering the beach. They're not just unsightly, they're also terrible for the environment. Polymers may take thousands of years to decompose and break down, so why not recycle them?

    Some items from the Mono B GREEN activewear line use 100% post-consumer recycled polyester. Post-consumer because the polyester chips came from PET bottles and other recyclable polymer items.

    These 100% recycled polyester fibers are from a Chinese company called Jiaren. Jiaren is a joint venture between the Tokyo-based, Japanese company Teijin Ltd., and Jinggong Holding Group, a Shaoxing-based international enterprise in environment management. Teijin perfected the use of ECO-CIRCLE technology, which enables polymer to be recycled without losing its quality.

    The rest of the Mono B GREEN activewear use 100% pre-consumer-recycled nylon. During production, tons of nylon fabrics become scraps. The recycling industry collects these scraps and turns them into nylon chips, that they later spin into nylon threads ready to be woven into activewear.

    The 100% recycled nylon fibers come from GREENLON nylon yarns. The production of these yarns saves energy up to 8.5%, water consumption up to 84%, whilst reducing CO2 emission up to 77% compared to virgin nylon fibers.

    By now, you've probably seen activewear with recyclable fabrics being sold for hundreds of dollars. Well, not ours. At Mono B, we believe that an active life is crucial - this is exactly why we're in the activewear business. That's why the Mono B GREEN activewear items are within our price range, leaving it possible for you to make more margins.

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