The Product Range
Monsoon is a brand with a highly distinctive identity. The intrinsic beauty of fabric, colour and technique so evident in the early sourcing of Monsoon's products from India, Afghanistan and the Far East, continues to exercise a strong influence. Today, Monsoon's team of talented designers gather inspiration and ideas from around the world to create the Monsoon signature look.
This is the inspiration for Monsoon’s exclusive, in-house designed collection of unique, classic pieces, that range from sophisticated evening to casual day wear, and combine feminine styling with exotic colour, beautiful fabrics and detailed finishing.
From the practical to the perfect princess and dapper young gentleman, Monsoon Children has a range that more then meets any day and special occasion needs.
For the perfect finish, all clothing ranges are accessorised with everything from bags and shoes to jewellery.
Perfect for gifting or for your home, Monsoon Home is an extension of Monsoon’s style to decorative accessories – from photo frames to perfume bottles and jewellery boxes - ceramics, glassware, table ware, bed, bath and curtain lines.
To complement Home, our Boutique range offers fair trade and hand-crafted homewares and gifts, often using upcycled Monsoon fabrics to create a unique and heritage inspired pieces. All profits from this collection are donated to the company charity, the Monsoon Accessorize Trust, to help women and children in Asia.
Accessorize is devoted to bringing the most exciting and eclectic products to the high street. With its own in-house design team, Accessorize holds a unique position on the high street with its inspirational, globally sourced, well priced and good quality collection of fashion accessories. Seasonal themes run through the brand, always presenting an individual take on the latest trends. The product range created at Accessorize is extensive and includes every kind of accessory imaginable.
Monsoon’s dedicated team are committed to the continuing development of all the Monsoon clothing, Home and Accessorize product ranges.
Monsoon and Accessorize continue to grow across Europe, the Far East, the Middle East and the Southern Hem with expansion plans for the Americas in place, involving joint ventures.
The values that Monsoon Accessorize has embraced from the beginning are creativity, a passion for exploration and a commitment to both people and product. This approach will continue to play a vital part in its future growth and success.
The Queen’s Award
The Queen's Awards for Enterprise are the UK's most prestigious Awards for business performance.
They are presented in three separate categories:
• International Trade - recognising companies that have demonstrated growth in overseas earnings.
• Innovation - recognising companies that have demonstrated commercial success through innovative products or services.
• Sustainable Development - recognising companies that have integrated environmental, social, economic and management aspects of sustainable development into their business.
We have been given The Queen’s Award in Enterprise for International Trade. For further information visit The Queen’s Award Website: http://www.queensawards.org.uk
Monsoon was founded in 1973 by Peter Simon who brought hand-crafted and folk-inspired fashion to London, after travelling the globe and setting up a stall on the Portobello Road. The original focus was always on clothes with an ethnic origin from faraway places, such as India and Afghanistan, and our very first collections were made from hand-loomed cotton in Indian villages.
The first Monsoon store was opened in Beauchamp’s Place, Knightsbridge. Accessorize followed in 1984, producing high street accessories with a profoundly different aesthetic to what was found on the high street at the time. Monsoon Home was launched in 1999, creating an innovative and individual home accessories and gift range. Monsoon Children and Monson Fusion were later added to the family, and in 2012 Monsoon Bridal was extended and launched online.
Today there are over 400 Monsoon and Accessorize stores in the United Kingdom and over 1000 throughout the world.
Whilst we have grown into a global company, our hand-crafted and ethical heritage is still at the heart of our business. This is celebrated in the beautiful hand embroidery and embellishment that give many of our products their unique Monsoon look and feel. To find out more, click here
In the early 1980's Monsoon started to sell a small collection of accessories which became so popular that the idea for the innovative new store format Accessorize was born.
The first Accessorize store opened in London's Covent Garden Piazza in 1984 and the second in Carnaby Street in 1986. 1992 saw the first Accessorize store outside London with a store opening in Manchester. In the same year the first airport store was opened at Gatwick South terminal. Building on the company's phenomenal success, a store opening programme began, averaging 16 new stores each year.
Today there are more than 240 Accessorize stores in the UK and a blossoming international operation of over 800 stores.
See a list of all Accessorize stores throughout the UK and the world here.
With its own in-house design team, Accessorize holds a unique position on the high street with its inspirational, globally sourced, well-priced and good quality collection of fashion accessories. Displayed in an original and impactful colour-bay design, the constantly changing range includes every kind of accessory imaginable; bags, purses, jewellery, belts, hats, scarves, flip flops, gloves, hair accessories and cosmetics.
Monsoon Accessorize’s prestigious Head Office is located in Notting Hill Village, West London. It is an exciting new development designed by award winning Architect Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and home to our unique collection of international contemporary art. Adjacent to the Westfield Shopping centre, and yet close to the Portobello Road, Notting Hill Village is a perfect location for our bustling HQ.
View a video tour of the Monsoon Accessorize Head Office.