WHO WE ARE
Our wonderful story starts back in 1973 when the first Monsoon boutique opened on London’s Beauchamp Place. Peter Simon (our founder) had returned from a life-changing road trip around Asia – determined to share the colourful marvels of his experience. And the first Monsoon collections featured gorgeous bohemian clothes made in Indian villages using hand-loomed cotton fabrics, organic vegetable dyes and artisanal block-printing techniques.
Ten years later came the launch of our Accessorize brand with the debut of its very first store on the Piazza in London’s Covent Garden – a one-stop destination for the on-trend finishing touches that complete every great fashion look.
Today, our two great sister brands have an international presence with over 1,000 stores around the world. Throughout the UK and much further afield, each is recognised for its unique identity and distinctive handwriting inspired by mesmerising colours, patterns, textures and hand-craft techniques from magical, faraway places.
WHAT MAKES US SPECIAL?
From the moment the first Monsoon boutique opened back in 1973, we’ve always championed creativity and craft, informed by a passion for exploration and tempered by genuine concern for the world around us. We make the exotic accessible. And we prove that ethical trading makes good business sense too.
ABOVE ALL ELSE, WE’RE A PEOPLE BUSINESS.
At Monsoon Accessorize, we aim to enrich the lives of our customers through beautiful collections and an exceptional shopping experience. Like any dynamic enterprise, we create opportunities and sustain livelihoods. But we also strive to share our success with the people around the world who make it possible.
THE DIFFERENCE WE MAKE
We believe in the positive, empowering, life-changing power of trade rather than aid. And we want to do right by the people who make our beautiful things. As a founder member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), we’ve been at the forefront of driving sustainable improvements in working conditions and livelihoods wherever we do business. But that’s not all. Each year, the Monsoon Accessorize Trust (founded in 1994) supports life-changing projects in income-generation, healthcare and education for over 15,000 women and children throughout Asia.