Monsoon was founded in 1973 by Peter Simon following a period of selling shaggy woollen coats on the Portobello Road and hand block printed clothes from Rajasthan. The original focus was always clothes with an ethnic origin from faraway places, including unusual dresses from Afghanistan and countries en route.
In May 1973, the first Monsoon shop opened in Beauchamp Place, Knightsbridge, London. In 1984, Accessorize evolved as an exciting and a strongly differentiated High Street concept for fashion accessories in an adjoining shop to the Monsoon, Covent Garden Piazza branch. In 2001, Monsoon Baby was launched, as was Accessorize Angels. In 2003 Monsoon Boy was launched with Monsoon Men following in the autumn of 2004.
Monsoon has expanded rapidly from its London base. Today there are over 500 Monsoon and Accessorize stores throughout the UK and Eire. Globally, outlets are located in Austria, Brazil, Croatia Denmark, France, Greece, Gibraltar, Iceland, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, the Middle East, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and UAE.