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Who we are

Who we are

Our story begins with one man and his vision; to bring vibrant, colourful, hand-crafted artisan clothes from faraway places to the markets of London. It is a journey that started on a hippy commune in Ibiza, 1970, and finished with an overland trip east, through Afghanistan and India. Our founder, Peter Simon, returned from his life-changing adventures to pursue a new passion for beautiful, bohemian-inspired pieces with hand-printed, hand-woven and crochet design details, which he started to trade from a stall on Portobello Road, London.

Three years later, he opened the first Monsoon store in Beauchamp Place. The first Monsoon collections featured clothes made with hand-loomed cotton and silk fabrics, organic vegetable dyes and artisan block-printing techniques.

From the beginning, Monsoon worked with craftspeople in villages and small communities. It was clear that those communities and craftspeople wanted trade, not aid, to give them sustainable independence. In 1994, The Monsoon Accessorize Trust was founded. Through education, healthcare and income generation projects, the trust continues to help disadvantaged women and children across Asia.

Who we are

The Monsoon Accessorize Timeline

1973
MONSOON store opens

The first MONSOON store opens in Beauchamp Place, London. A beautiful new brand is born.

1984
ACCESSORIZE store opens

Our first ACCESSORIZE store opens in London’s Covent Garden

1994
MONSOON ACCESSORIZE TRUST

The MONSOON ACCESSORIZE TRUST is founded, aiming to help disadvantaged women and children across Asia

1995
MONSOON ACCESSORIZE TRUST

Launch of Monsoon’s first CHILDRENSWEAR range

1999
MONSOON ACCESSORIZE TRUST

Launch of MONSOON HOME

2000
MONSOON ACCESSORIZE TRUST

Launch of ONLINE SHOPPING at monsoon.co.uk and accessorize.com

2007
MONSOON ACCESSORIZE TRUST

Launch of ONLINE SHOPPING at monsoon.co.uk and accessorize.com

2008
MONSOON ACCESSORIZE TRUST

Launch of ONLINE SHOPPING at monsoon.co.uk and accessorize.com

2010
MONSOON ACCESSORIZE TRUST

Launch of ONLINE SHOPPING at monsoon.co.uk and accessorize.com

What we do
  • We are a lifestyle brand that enriches everyday life with natural beauty, positivity and endless discovery. We are passionate about connecting contemporary designs with a network of craftspeople, creating unique collections to be cherished.
How we do it
  • We have an eye for true beauty, whether that’s our intricate design details, colourful prints, fabrics or embellishments. We design in-house, source globally and ethically, and are dedicated to delivering keepsake quality.
Why we do it
  • We love to make our customers’ day just that little bit more special and out of the ordinary.
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 10,000 women and children throughout Asia.

Find out more about our commitment to ethical trading

Find out more about our charitable trust