MONSOON/ACCESSORIZE

Monsoon/Accessorize

WHERE

work 46 High Street, , Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1JG

TELEPHONE

work01702 469707

EMAIL

customerservices@monsoon.co.uk

Monsoon: 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. Twitter www.monsoon.co.uk

Accessorize: Accessorize was first born in 1984 with its debut store opening in the Piazza, an old fruit and vegetable market in Covent Garden, London. It acquired the spot next to Monsoon, which had a small area of accessories but was always selling out. The idea of a standalone accessory concept was born. It was a move inspired by Peter Simon’s trip to Les Halles, Paris. While he was wandering around the area, he discovered a small selection of stores selling fashion jewellery that customers could pick up, touch and try on while browsing – a relatively unseen concept in London in the early eighties.From the very beginning, Accessorize was an Aladdin’s cave of artfully arranged displays, tables and stands, so customers could interact with products in a brand new way. Having made its mark as a one-stop shop for vibrant and fashion-forward accessories across all categories, the first Accessorize was quickly followed by stores in London’s Carnaby Street, Norwich and Manchester. Since then, it has built on its home-grown success with around 900 stores worldwide. Twitter www.uk.accessorize.com

OPENING TIMES

  • Mon 09:00 - 17:30
  • Tue 09:00 - 17:30
  • Wed 09:00 - 17:30
  • Thu 09:00 - 17:30
  • Fri 09:00 - 17:30
  • Sat 09:00 - 17:30
  • Sun 10:00 - 16:00
  • Bank Hol 10:00 - 16:00