Accessorize is a high street retailer that was founded in 1984 by Peter Simon. The brand is actually part of a group that includes the Monsoon clothing company, which was founded earlier in 1973.
The focus of Monsoon clothing was always to feature clothes from far flung destinations, with many early lines being hand woven in India. It was in the early 1980s that Monsoon began to sell a limited range of accessories, and the huge popularity of these accessories lines lead to the creation of the Accessorize brand.
London's Covent Garden Piazza was the location for the first store in 1984, with rapid expansion leading to the development of hundreds more UK stores and over 1,000 around the world, in locations that include the US, Europe, the Middle East and South Africa.
Accessorize has its own in-house design team that create its range of eclectic, globally inspired pieces at a reasonable price.
The Accessorize product range is certainly large, encompassing a huge variety of different accessories. Accessorize-branded products include a range of bags, jewellery and shoes, along with hats, scarves and gloves. The company also offers branded hair accessories, belts and sunglasses, as well as lingerie and nightwear, hosiery, phone accessories, stationery and more. Accessorize work with current trends to ensure that their ranges are up to date, and also use seasonal themes in a number of their products. In winter, for example, the brand offers a new range of hats, scarves, gloves, nightwear, slippers and more every year.