Three Monkeys is Montreal’s premier location for local and independent clothing brands. Located in Cours Mont Royal (@ 1455 Peel St.) a former hotel transformed into an elegant downtown shopping centre, this place has tons of exclusive Montreal designers as well as tough-to-find independent lines. I toured the store last week and jotted down some of the key pieces I’m lusting after for summer 2012:
First off: Swimwear! For those three glorious months when Montrealers can lose the parkas and shimmy into scanty bikinis and one-pieces, Three Monkeys has an impressive selection of swimwear, from Montreal-based Brisa Brasil to Cheap Monday and Insight.
Second: Denim! I live in my jeans all year round, of course, but summer’s a good time to spring for a pair that will set you apart as you sip mojitos on the terrace. Three Monkeys houses the largest selection of Naked & Famous Denim a Montreal-based brand that uses only the most unique and rare denim fabrics from Japan. Here you’ll find the kookiest denim ever dreamt-up, for both women and men: Glow in the Dark denim, Scratch n’ Sniff jeans (wafting a delicious raspberry scent whenever some one rubs against you, for up to three washes); Red Core denim (that fade to red instead of white); the world’s heaviest jeans (who needs a gym when your pants provide a day-long workout?). Most pairs will set you back around $150-$250, with the heaviest jeans clocking in at $600. Three Monkeys’ extraordinary denim selection also includes Cheap Mondays and Levis.
Third: T’s! Three Monkeys has got you covered with their Exclusive Original Local Series, t-shirts featuring some of Montreal’s most beloved landmarks. Rep the city on your chest with icons like the Farine Five Roses sign; the milk bottle; an Old Montreal calèche, the Oratory and of course, une bonne poutine. The T’s are a Three Monkeys exclusive; store co-founder Mike Casali took the snaps and designed the t’s himself, and the shirts are made in-house. Shirts ($38) come in men and women’s styles, in a variety of colours and are 100% cotton. Awesome souvenir for out-of-towners!
Finally: Shades! Whether you’re at the beach, poolside or just cruising around on your bike, sunglasses are a must. Three Monkeys just received new collection of Super sunglasses for the summer season. Handmade in Italy, Super’s new and colourful VISIVA print series: subtle on the outside, with a wacky print – think Florida beaches, and banana trees – on the inside. But hurry: with only a couple pairs in each style, they go fast!
Three Monkeys @ 1455 Peel St. | Suite 207, Les Cours Mont Royal
Contact: t: 514 284 1333 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mon – Wed: 10am – 6pm
Thurs – Fri: 10am – 9pm
Sat: 10am – 6pm
Sun: 12pm – 5pm
~ Heidi Craig