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  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. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Last Call for November Orders!

    Our ecommerce team and showroom staff members are taking a much-deserved Thanksgiving break on Thursday and Friday (November 28 and 29).

    Orders that are placed after 10 AM PT on Wednesday (November 27) will be processed the following Monday (December 2).

    If you'd like your order to be expedited, you can leave a note as you're checking out to let us know when you need this by. We'll call you (with a 213 number) to confirm the expedited rates if you want (just make sure you pick it up, as there will be a delay in processing if we don't have your confirmation).



    Alternatively, if you want us to expedite your order without confirmation, we can also do that by letting us know to just ship (in the comment section).



    Based on our experience, FedEx is more reliable than UPS or USPS when it comes to expedited shipments. Since we're in the Holiday season, we'd recommend using the direct signature option for your package to minimize the risk of it being stolen.

    Expedited shipment will cost more than regular ground shipping.

    When you're placing an order on the website and you're using a credit card or debit card as your payment method, the system will only validate your card (by doing a test charge of $0.01 and then voiding it right away). We won't charge your card until the order has been packed and ready to be shipped so we can verify if the order is complete or not.

    Once we have the box's dimensions and weight, we can determine the shipping cost.

    Your card will then be charged the dollar amount of the merchandise and shipping.

    That's our Thanksgiving/Black Friday/Cyber Monday announcement! We wish you a peaceful Thanksgiving weekend and a successful Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

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  7. Early Black Friday Deals

    We're almost in that time of year again. When you're a retailer, you'll need to start planning your own Black Friday event, and Mono B is here to give you a little nudge.

    From September 27 until October 4, 2019, Mono B runs the Early Black Friday promotion that'll give you discount on certain amounts of in-stock items.

    Order $500 or more, get 5% off with coupon code 5BEANS
    Order $1000 or more, get 8% off with coupon code 8TATERS
    Order $2000 or more, get 10% off with coupon code 10PARDON

    If you're a Mono B VIP member, you'll get this discount on top of your 5% VIP discount. Click here to become a VIP member before the promotion ends.

    The coupon doesn't work? Try these:

    • Are the items all in-stock (not in any of the preorder/VIP section)? If there are $400 in-stock items and $200 preorder items (total is $600), you still won't be able to use the $500 coupon because it's only for in-stock items. The coupon has been programmed to only count in-stock items.
    • Input the coupon code in the View and Edit Cart section.
    • Is coupon still not going through? Just write it down in the Comment section as you're checking out and if it checks through (it's all in-stock and not preorder), we'll apply it manually.

    Happy shopping!


    Complete terms & conditions:

    1. Valid on all in-stock orders placed on monobclothing.com from September 27 till October 4, 2019.
    2. Not valid on preorder or back-ordered styles.
    3. Cannot be combined with other promotions (VIP members automatically get 5% VIP discount on top of corresponding early Black Friday 2019 discount)
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  8. Why Do I Keep Missing Out on Daily Deals?

    We know, we know. It's terrible to miss a deal, especially if it's something cute that you think will sell well at your store. Mono B's Daily Deal is updated every weekday morning, a few minutes before an email with the Daily Deal item(s) is sent on the same day at 8.30 AM PT. We've seen items being sold out within the first ten minutes after the email blast was dispatched.

    With that in mind, here are some trips to make sure you don't miss out on Daily Deal items:

    We have very limited quantity of each Daily Deal item, and sometimes they come in a broken or incomplete pack. This is good news to those who only need certain sizes, so please make sure the quantity you're ordering is correct.

    A Daily Deal item will not be offered again, and since it's in the Sale category, all purchases are final (which means no returns, store credits, or refunds).

    The only way you can get the Daily Deal is through monobclothing.com, as the item isn't offered on other websites or platforms, and definitely not through phone or email order as we no longer take orders by phone or email. You'll need to register your account on monobclothing.com and have it verified to gain access to the website. Have we mentioned that the prices on monobclothing.com are $1/unit less than other platforms? A pack usually consists of six pieces, so this means you'll be saving $6 when you purchase from monobclothing.com.

    Your purchase of Daily Deal item won't be finalized if you don't check out and get an order confirmation number. Putting it in your cart does not mean the item is being held for you (and this is true for other items on monobclothing.com and across all platforms as well).

    Which brings us to this most important tip: don't wait. Stalk the Daily Deals page. Refresh your email constantly (they may go to the Promotions folder depending on your email service provider). When you see something you like, put it in your cart, and check out.

    Finally, let the incomparable Dame Judi Dench bless you with some luck for your next Daily Deal purchase.

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  9. How to Maximize Your Paid Membership Perks

    Image by Pexels from Pixabay

    Costco has it, Amazon has it, Disney has it, even your local grocery store has it.

    There are certain perks that a membership provide, but are they really worth it? Read on to find out what benefits you should look for in a membership and the best ways to maximize them.

    Tangible: Discounts

    Whether it's percentage off the merchandise or free shipping, discounts are possibly the main advantage you should be on the lookout for when signing up for a membership deal. But this really depends on how much you're spending to make that membership fee worth the discount.

    For example, Mono B's VIP membership is $45 monthly, and you automatically get 5% merchandise discount. This means you'll need to spend at least $900 every month to get your membership money back.

    Although discounts are the most tangible and measurable perk in memberships, there are other benefits that you want to keep in mind when you decide whether you should pay to become a member or not.

    Tangible: Processing Time

    Let's face it: in this world of instant gratification, speed is something we can all appreciate. Amazon Prime thrives with its free two-day shipping (although there have been numerous complaints from Amazon fulfillment workers and package drivers). Theme parks like Disney World and Six Flags also offer paid services that let you cut lines.

    Mono B's VIP membership also offers a fast track service that pushes your order to the front of the line, and depending on how big your order is, you can cut the processing time in half and have your order ready in a few hours instead of two to three business days.

    Tangible: Exclusive Section

    More leg room, wider food selection, better service - these are what we get when we upgrade to business class or first class. Of course they all come with a price.

    Many websites have a special section that can only be accessed by certain members. This ensures the exclusivity of the club.

    When you become a Mono B VIP member, the VIP exclusive category is unlocked and you can preorder items months in advance. (The preorder listings in the non-VIP category becomes live one month prior to the estimated arrival date.) This way, the Mono B VIP members can schedule their looks with ample time and not worry that the preordered item will have been sold out by the time it's available for general customers.

    Intangible: Status

    There are also "benefits" one can get from paying for this VIP status. One of them is, well, status. This feeds our ego and for some people, it's nice to be acknowledged and belong to a certain group or class.

    Intangible: Sense of Security

    Another "benefit" is sense of security. Although we're not using the privileges, they're still there when we want them. This explains why people have gym memberships but rarely use them. All the equipment is there when we need it. So when we feel motivated enough to go, we can use it. The question is, when are we determined enough to get up and work out? (Best answer is always, as numerous studies have shown that being active and working out have been linked to better health and longer life.)

    Two final aspects to think about when purchasing a membership is the starting date and cancellation policy.

    Some memberships, like Mono B VIP, starts the billing cycle on the first of every month. If you start your membership on July 25 without purchasing at least $900 (and therefore maximizing your 5% discount) within six days, when your membership gets renewed on August 1, you will have paid one month for nothing. (Alternatively, with Mono B VIP membership, you can also get three months VIP deal where you can get three months VIP membership and only pay for two months.)

    Cancellation policy is also just as important. Don't get suckered into a membership and end up not using it with no way to cancel it. Some companies are notorious for trying to give discounts to keep customers from cancelling their subscriptions. Some companies offer a supposedly easy cancellation, with totally different reality.

    The Mono B VIP membership only requires three months of commitment. If you feel you probably won't get the most of it, you can cancel the membership by phone or email before your membership gets renewed on the first of every month.

    Now that know the advantages of getting the VIP treatment, you must ask yourself (and those whose opinion matters) if you do need to become a member.

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  10. Mother's Day 50% OFF Ground Shipping!

    Mono B would like to give something back to all mothers.

    Starting Monday, April 22 until Sunday, April 28, all online orders that are being shipped out will receive 50% off on ground shipping charges.

    If you'd like to expedite a shipment, we'll calculate the price of 50% regular ground shipping and subtract that from the expedited shipping you choose.

    Example:

    Ground shipping fee is $18. If you choose ground shipping, during the promotion you will only pay $9.

    If you choose expedited shipping and the expedited shipping fee is $29, then we'll cover the $9 and you'll only need to pay $20.

    Below are the terms & conditions:

    1. Offer valid for all in-stock items and shipments that we receive between April 22 and April 28, no minimum or maximum order amount.
    2. Offer valid for either UPS or FedEx Ground shipping (using Mono B's account) to 48 contiguous US states only.
    3. VIP customers receive both 5% merchandise discount and 50% ground shipping discount.
    4. No coupon code needed.
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