One would assume that most people, male or female, like to buy pretty things, want to own nice clothing, and enjoy looking generally fabulous, oui? But herein lies the rub: shopping these days has become more of a contact sport than a lesisurely pasttime. Want to stop by your favorite local shop on a weekend? Fuggedaboutit. Unless, that is, you like being elbowed, waiting in lines for a dressing room, having to call out to a sales associate to ask for a bigger size (mortifying) and the various other minor humiliations that accompany shopping in real life. Sure, as life becomes more digitized, talking heads pontificate about us losing touch with our own humanity and the humanity of those around us—of becoming isolated and overly-internalized—oversharing our thoughts and emotions but only via our computer screens. Deep. But if you know exactly what you want, and you want to buy it hassle-free, open your nearest web browser—be it on a computer, iPad, or other wild device—and procure your favorite goodie sans drama.
That brings us to Club Monaco, a retailer we've always adored. They've created a certain image of a guy that is unmistakably cool—secretly a preppy with a conventional, slightly conservative heart yet has a bit of toussled nonchalance thrown in—classic but not overly-serious. And for fans of Club Monaco, now is the time to throw your hands to the sky and shout 'Halleloo!" They've finally opened up an ecommerce site. Not only are they selling their wares (with free shipping, for a limited time, to celebrate the launch) but also included are inspirational/aspirational components, like Men at Work, a Tumblr of quirky imagery that is fueling the brand's fire of late, and a section called Culture Club, a melange of specially curated trends and items. All together, it's a little slice of heaven that just made your life way, way easier.