Who's behind this monkey business?
Gail J Cohen is Run Little Monkey's Head of Monkey Business. This is her story:
I had always been an athlete but some years ago I got injured - a few times - and then got sick and ended up putting on a lot of weight. When I was in a position to become active again, I went out to get some long sleeved, wicking shirts and couldn’t find anything comfortable that wasn’t either many XXLs or mens. And I’m not the only woman who’s experienced this.
So when after 25 years I left the grind of full-time journalism, launching my own line of shirts made perfect sense. Who knew there was so much I didn’t know? (Probably everyone!) But what I do know is I want to support women who want to get their bodies moving and make them feel good about themselves, or at least comfortable so they don’t feel cut off before they’ve even begun. Having a shirt that fits and feels good may not seem like much, but it’s really a lot.
Throw in some Canadian pride and a sassy monkey having adventures and that’s a winning combo.
So I say, love everyone. Be kind. Be understanding. Celebrate excellence and achievement at every level. Collaborate and share ideas. Support other women (in business and in life). Give back to the community. And have a laugh wherever and whenever you can.
3 pillars of Run Little Monkey
Ego Friendly Activewear™
Trouble finding the perfectly-sized exercise shirt that’s fun and fits your body? We’ve got your back, your sides and your front at Run Little Monkey! Our sizing is generous and over-the-top comfortable. Literally! We know the last thing you want when you’re ready to run or kick-starting a new exercise regime is to feel bad in your shirt. Our sizing fits all life stages, even when it feels like your butt has moved from the back to the front! Check out our sizing guide to find your perfect fit.
Bamboo, what can we say? It’s awesome. Mix that up with some super soft cotton and a little elastane and you’ve got one of the softest shirts you’ll ever want to get sweaty in. You may never want to take them off.
Read more about our fabulous fabrics.
Good, Canadian Fun
If you’re a Canadian, you know that most online shopping is not all about you. Well RLM is totally, all about you. Our monkey is the most Canadian monkey ever, just look at her sneaks! Our designs are all dreamed up here in the Great White North, we ship from Canada, and we charge in Canadian dollars (HST too, sorry).
Best of all, of course, our shirts have that fun Canadian flair designed to flaunt at home, at the gym and on the run!
Run Little Monkey in the community
A portion of the sale from every Run Little Monkey item goes to support groups and organizations that empower girls and women and help make our communities stronger.
At Run Little Monkey, we support and promote women in sports as a way for them to build confidence, build networks, and, of course, stay healthy and fit. You’ll often find our owner volunteering at road races and other sporting events and as we grow will continue to grow our community engagement.
Sales of our RLM gear have supported supported Iakwa'shatste Youth Fitness, a non-profit organization that provides free fitness programming to youth in Akwesasne; Fast and Female, whose mission is to keep girls healthy and active in sports because it sets them up to succeed and lead in life beyond sports; and Girls Inc. of York Region, which runs an amazing sports-focused program for girls and young women, and we will continue giving to programs for girls and women in sport.
Sales of our face masks help support the Canada Helps COVID-19 Community Care Fund.
A proud LGBTQ-, woman-owned business