Monos is a luxury travel and lifestyle brand that specialises in creating innovative suitcases with timeless visual appeal. Its company ethos is centred upon the Japanese mono no aware concept. This concept is all about finding the beauty in fleeting moments. The company’s customer network is populated by people that appreciate the way travel enables us to grow and learn. There is also a strong emphasis on seeing the world’s deep beauty through mindfulness and being fully immersed in the present moment.
Simplicity and dependability
Mono’s travel solutions have frequently been complimented for their simplicity. Their products are understated rather than flashy and are the result of much time spent finding the best sources for components. No detail is regarded as too small for the time. In instances where the company has been unable to find the part that it needs to achieve its aims, it has worked with market specialists to create it in-house.
Aiming for greatness
One of the company’s most interesting slogans is “good is the enemy of great”. This explains the incredible attention to detail it has become known for. Monos uses parts and materials from companies that are as passionate about maintaining the highest standards as it is and the team visited a considerable number of factories before deciding which ones to collaborate with. According to Monos, only a small fraction of these factories were able to meet their expectations. The companies that they did choose to work with impressed thanks to their craftsmanship standards, vast expertise and attention to detail.
Quality and affordability
Company CEO Colin still inspects every Monos Carry-On case before it is made available to the public. Although the company uses the same materials and factors as many big-name luxury brands, it can offer cases for less by cutting out the middleman and selling directly to its customers. Those that have purchased Monos products have frequently expressed surprise at their affordability. The Monos team are passionate about positive and powerful human connections, which they see as vital for maintaining quality customer relations, fulfilling travel adventures and living standards.
Reworking the traditional suitcase
Over the years, Monos has been responsible for a range of innovations that have enabled it to rethink the traditional suitcase and make it more durable and dependable. They have moved the handle release button to the underside to improve ergonomic standards, changed the telescopic assembly to reduce torsional and lateral movement and chose high-grade aluminium for the tubes rather than traditional cast zinc. These changes have made the suitcases look better, last for longer and improved their handling. All products come with a lifetime warranty and a range of elegant colours are available.
Virtually unbreakable materials
Monos luggage cases are vacuum-formed with virtually unbreakable yet lightweight aerospace-grade German Makrolon polycarbonate. Thanks to the materials chosen for their cases, they are able to spring straight back into shape after impacts. The travel cases also operate quietly thanks to the inclusion of Lisof Silent Run Wheels from Japanese manufacturer Hinomoto. Hinomoto is a Japanese manufacturer known for its collaborative work with Mitsubishi. When it comes to interior fabrics, robust, anti-bacterial and waterproof 350 denier polyester can be found on the inside.
The 40 tests
Before the cases are made available, they undergo a stunning 40 different tests to ensure they meet the brand’s own expectations. These tests are designed to ensure the cases can withstand everything they are likely to be met with during transportation. Tests include everything from tensile strength, stiffness, abrasion resistance, colour fastness to crocking and much more.
The height of durability
During the tumble test, the cases are loaded with 16kg weights. They are then placed inside a rotating chamber. Hard impacts, high drops and rough handling are all simulated during testing. The mileage test sees loads placed inside and onto the telescopic handle. After the case has been angled at 45°, it is rolled at 4km/h on a special bumped treadmill so uneven terrain can be simulated. The drop test sees the suitcase stored at -12°C for four hours and loaded with weights up to 25kg before it is dropped onto a range of edges, surfaces and corners.
Contacting the Monos team
Customers and potential customers are welcome to get in touch with the Monos team at any point if they have a query or wish to leave feedback for the company. Monos prides itself on the quality of its interactions and is always keen to hear what its customers have to say. There is also a great deal of information about the company’s products on the site. The team can also be found on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram. Emails can be sent to [email protected]