Monsoon Accessorize, the business behind popular High Street fashion retailers Monsoon and Accessorize have announced they are closing 35 stores across the UK. Of the 35 stores set for closure, two are located in the Three Counties – Monsoon on Bancroft, Hitchin and Monsoon in The Maltings Shopping Mall, St Albans.
A deal has been agreed to save the majority of the Monsoon Accessorize outlets, it currently has around 220 stores across the UK. Monsoon Accessorize founder Peter Simon has bought the struggling business out of administration, in a move which aims to save both brands but cuts 545 jobs in the process.
The deal will transfer around 450 jobs to Adena Brands, owned by Mr Simon, which has promised to inject £15 million into the business to allow the remaining stores to stay open.
Having launched the Monsoon SS20 range earlier in the year, fans of the retailer in the affected area will need to either purchase the SS20 range online or at one of the remaining local stores – Watford’s Intu, Welwyn Garden City’s Howard Centre, Stevenage’s Roaring Meg Retail Park, Aylesbury’s Hale Leys Shopping Centre, Hemel Hempstead, and Luton Airport.
Moving in an exciting direction and changing the script for how clothes are made and worn, this season Monsoon continues to create pieces that can be re-worn and recycled, while staying true to their heritage and tapping into key trends.
With consumers becoming more conscious of sustainable fashion, Monsoon aims to make better efforts to create new and current pieces which are not only fashionable but also made using sustainable materials such as Lenzing ™ Ecovero ™, recycled polyester and organic cotton.
Over 50% of Monsoon clothing has been made sustainable for ss20 and in addition, Monsoon has pledged to be over 90% sustainable by 2023. The ‘clothes for life’ recycling initiative will also continue to be a part of the brand’s ongoing commitment to looking after the planet. Picnic checks, broderie anglaise and dreamy tie-dyes, along with delicate chiffons and summer sequins bring a fun yet fresh approach to the season. Florals are plentiful and have been manipulated into bold geometrics, tropical blooms as well as the classic ditsy, adding diversity to the collection.
Full list of stores expected to close permanently include:
- Patrick Street A, Republic of Ireland
- Patrick Street B, Republic of Ireland
- Dublin, Republic of Ireland
- Liverpool Airport
- St Albans
- Sutton Coldfield
- Tunbridge Wells
- York Davygate