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.

Accessorize was first born in 1984 with the opening of our first store in the Piazza, Covent Garden, London. Our founder Peter Simon was inspired from a trip to Paris, where he discovered a small selection of stores selling fashion jewellery that customers could pick up, touch and try on while browsing. It was a new concept to London in the early eighties, and Accessorize soon changed the way we shopped for accessories.

Accessorize has since made its mark as a one-stop shop for vibrant and fashion-forward bags, jewellery, beachwear and more, with stores in over 50 markets across the world.

Opening Hours

Monday:9.00am - 6.00pm
Tuesday:9.00am - 6.00pm
Wednesday:9.00am - 6.00pm
Thursday:9.00am - 7.00pm
Friday:9.00am - 6.00pm
Saturday:9.00am - 6.00pm
Sunday:11.00am - 5.00pm
Monsoon, Whitefriars, Canterbury
8 Whitefriars Street
Canterbury
CT1 2TD