Our Roots

Monsoon started life in a small, independent store in London's Beauchamp Place back in 1973 after Peter Simon, the founder of the company, completed an epic road trip around Asia. Our early collections were born from clothes made in Indian villages using vegetable dyes, hand-loomed cotton and block printing.

Whilst we may have grown into a global company, with over 1000 stores, we remain committed to our hand-crafted bohemian roots. This is celebrated in the beautiful hand embroidery and embellishment that give many of our products that unique Monsoon look and feel.

Today, our hand-crafted tradition is show-cased in our beautiful heritage collections and we continue to support artisan communities in India through the Monsoon Trust Boutique.

All profits from these collections are donated to the Monsoon Accessorize Trust to help improve the lives of over 10,000 women and children in Asia every year.


While much of our production has shifted to larger factories, we still trade with some of the original suppliers and these relationships have helped generate jobs and develop local communities. We are proud to be a founder member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and are committed to ensuring high ethical standards across our supply chain. To find out more, click here.

The Future

We continue to look for ways to put sustainability at the heart of our business and to support artisan communities in India and beyond. For more information about our key charity projects for 2013, including a project to help revitalise the silk cultivation industry in Afghanistan, click here.

Embroidery work, India