A Canadian manufacturing company located in Toronto
All of our clothing is designed and manufactured right here in Toronto. We focus on all sorts of women apparel.
The way you think and feel about yourself is associated with what you wear. Unique designs not only allow you to stand out but it will make you think and feel differently.
Maestro E. K. D. Rwizile – Creative Designer and Managing Director
I’ve known what I wanted to do since I was young. When I was still a teenager, the link between clothing and personal identity became abundantly clear; the way people dress can deeply influence how they think and feel about themselves. Unique designs not only allow you to stand out but it will make you think and feel differently.
I have no idea what triggered my young mind so sharply associate clothing with personal identity. However, I’m sure I must have been influenced by something, or someone, as nothing comes from nothing. I believe that every idea has its origin.
When I was a refugee and homeless living in Rwanda, in the morning, my first waking thought concerned finding enough food to eat, while my last thought of the day, before falling asleep, concerned my physical safety: I often wondered whether or not I would make it through the night, and come out the other end alive. In these circumstances, thinking about any creative endeavors becomes frivolous, and even irresponsible.
In 2007, I migrated to Canada. A few years later, I once again started to think about becoming a designer. I started altering some of my own clothing in order to make items look exactly the way I wished them to be designed. I considered enrolling in fashion school, but then I got busy living, caught up in the pursuit of life requirements I started painting and selling abstract art, I became a cook, I published my poetry book Poetry: The Epitome of Life and Hope, I went to film school and became a script writer and film maker and founded a film Studio and made my first feature film WORK, FUCK AND CRY in 2015 and I did not follow up on my dream of becoming a designer.
Two years ago, I got in touch with a friend of mine who worked as a prostitute in Rwanda, whom I had gotten to know while I was living there as a homeless person. She gave me food when I was in dire need of it. It had been years since we’d spoken to each other, I managed to track her down by phone in order to check up on her. She told me that she had married a man who was in the business of making suits for cheap in China and selling them at a good price in France.
That conversation re-ignited my passion for design. A few days later, I found a Chinese cut-and-sew factory using Google. I designed simple items of clothing for women, which I had the Chinese manufacturer produce and then sold them for very cheap to friends in Africa. I did not consider this little side-hustle a business. Rather, I did it strictly to feel good about myself. By June of last year, I had designed and sold 500 dresses. That is when I decided to get serious about it.
I started Monsexy Inc. in July 2019. Although I loved the idea of making everything right here in Canada, it wasn’t yet a realistic proposition because it was far too expensive. I kept telling myself: “This is a start-up. So, it’s pointless to prioritize making things in Canada, especially when you can get them made in China for cheap.”
But that all changed when the world was taken by surprise by a deadly, mysterious, and invisible enemy: COVID-19. At that point, I I acted very fast. I stopped all clothing manufacturing from China. At present, I design everything myself and have my own in-house tailors, right here, in Toronto. I’m extremely proud of the fact that all our merchandise is 100% CANADA-MADE and ONTARIO-MADE.