Since 1959, sisters Nicole Magder and Maureen Rosen’s family owned Kute Knit, a children’s clothing manufacturing company in Park Extension that was once a main supplier to Eaton’s department stores. But in 2012, the University of Montreal bought the building that housed the factory, forcing them to liquidate their stock and shut down production. Not looking to retire just yet, the sisters decided instead to open up the MONI Factory Outlet in November.
At their store on Jeanne-Mance St., parents can purchase school uniforms and other kids’ apparel at comparatively lower prices — a 100 per cent polyester navy tunic costs $20, for example. The clothes, which are all made in Canada, also include navy skirts, white polo shirts, gym shorts, pants, leggings and cardigans. “I’m guaranteeing reliability and quality,” said Magder of their clothing. She also says their items are non-pill and are guaranteed to shrink less than five per cent.
The two entrepreneurs (pictured at right) have partnered with several schools, like Children’s World Academy in LaSalle, to create customized uniforms with the school’s logo emblazoned on certain pieces. Along with school uniforms, MONI sometimes buys up inventory from other retailers going out of business; some of these pieces include children’s snowsuits for $25-$45.
While Magder does most of the knitting and dyeing in their workshop located above the store, MONI has over 100 employees who help make the garments off site. Looking to make their services more accessible, customers can place orders online and receive them within three to seven business days. The outlet is located at 8490 Jeanne-Mance St. Operating hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
For more information, call 514-273-2544 or visit monioutlet.com.