Holidays Near Home: Cornwall with Martha Ward


We’ve been missing getting away and we know you all have too. We’ve started looking to places closer to home for getaway inspiration and asked Martha Ward, Fashion Director and Condé Nast Traveller UK & CN Traveler US Freelance Stylist & Brand Consultant, about one of her favourite UK destinations, Cornwall. Find out what she loves so much about it, some top tips of where to go when you do visit and what Monsoon pieces are her suitcase must-haves!

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What do you love about Cornwall? What makes it special for you?

I love the drama and eternity of the coastline when you’re walking along it. I love the Cornish pasty pit stops along the way. I love the icy sea swims. I love the local farm shops. I love the hearty spirit. And I love that the sun almost always shines in spite of the forecast saying it’s absolutely not going to.


Can you tell us your top tips for preparing to holiday in the UK?

Pack for ALL eventualities; it’s 4 seasons in one day wherever you are in the UK. It’s t-shirts one minute and a fleece the next, so always pack layers. Get your adventurous hat on; the best way to see a place is to endlessly explore. Packed lunches and comfy shoes are vital day to day accessories for a staycation.



What are your favourite pieces from the Monsoon collection that would be great to take on your trip?

Monsoon do a vast selection of ‘day’ dresses and this is always a good place to start as you can layer them up with cardigans and windbreakers (often necessary) or strip back to bare arms. The ease & use of a good day dress is second to none. And the blouses are good too – lots of good collars and pretty embroidery.


What are your favourite places to visit in Cornwall that you would recommend when taking a trip?

The Pig at Harlyn Bay; even if just for a pitstop drink or lunch, it’s a sensational new spot. John Betjeman’s church – St Enodoc’s – in Trebetherick; magical, and in the most extraordinary location. Mawgan Porth for the ultimate English seaside day (and always an ice cream van). Padstow Farm Shop for all your foody needs. The Little Shop at Fowey Hall Hotel for local ceramics, pottery and arts and crafty finds. And any shop for a pasty!


What are you most looking forward to most when we can start to travel again?

Experiencing different cultures. I crave the different sights and smells and sounds and tastes of other countries. Exploring places abroad. Unearthing treasures. Rummaging in markets. Feeling foreign heat, and the sun on my face. The dream will soon come true!


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Fashion Revolution Week: Meet the Artisans

This Fashion Revolution Week (19th – 25th April 2021) we wanted to introduce you to some of our talented artisans, who are behind some of our most beautiful products! For this post we are putting the spotlight on our Keya dress from our Artisan Studio collection and two of the amazing artisans who created them, here are their stories…


Rakhi Devi



Rakhi Devi is 30 years old and has worked in Noida (Uttar Pradesh) for a year and a half. Her husband, Rajeev Kumar also works as a checker in one of the garment factories in Noida. Her parents passed away when she was young, so she was raised by her elder sister and completed high school in Begusarai (Bihar). She came to Noida with her husband to find work, and soon became a mother of two children. Having some qualification, she decided to start working and Rajeev helped her to get a job in one of the garment factories.

Rakhi joined as a helper in the finishing department and used to work as a thread-cutter. Her eagerness to learn helped her in learning the skills of packing too. During working hours her children stay with her mother-in-law, she wants to provide good education to her children and feels self-esteem is one of the most important values to her.


Anil Kumar Rajput



Anil Kumar Rajput is 30 years old and a woodblock printer artisan working in the Monsoon supply chain for a year and a half. He came to Jaipur (Rajasthan) from the small town of Chaksu. He is married and has three children; his two children attend school, and one is still a toddler. Anil is a graduate and also has a technical diploma in electricals. When he wasn’t able to get a job working in electronics, he decided to join his older brother in one of the printing units and quickly learnt the skills of woodblock printing.

After some time, his brother Janki opened a separate unit in the name of Janki Creations and asked Anil to join him. He happily joined and soon started managing the unit and now lives alone in Sanganer. Whenever it is less busy at work, he visits his family and kids. Anil’s future plan is to have his own house in the city and wants to provide a good education for his children.


Spotlight On: Artisan Studio Keya Dress



The dress that Rakhi and Anil have been working on is this beautiful Artisan Studio Keya dress. Made from woodblock prints in bright summery shades and organic cotton fabric, this design is made for adding to a forever summer wardrobe. One to love season after season.

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The ARTISAN Collection

Working with craftspeople in faraway places is a complex process with lots of challenges. But it’s always been an important part of who we are and what we do. Our continued commitment to using handcraft helps sustain skills and livelihoods, as well as adding something special and unique to our collections.

A member of our Monsoon team personally visits our artisans, to watch our beautiful product come to life and get to know the people behind the intricate craftsmanship. We’ve worked closely with our ARTISAN suppliers to introduce worker handbooks where artisans can track the number of pieces they’ve worked on and, in turn, keep a record of their wages. This helps create transparency in the supply chain, letting us know who is making our clothes, and allowing us to make sure that the artisans have been fully paid for their beautiful work.


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New Boutique Store: Marylebone High Street


We have some exciting news we’ve been waiting to share with you! The opening of a fresh new boutique Monsoon store concept in the heart of London, on Marylebone High Street. This store celebrates our heritage, craft and commitment to sustainability – and we can’t wait for you to come and visit us very soon. Until you make the trip get a sneak peek of what to expect right here…



The beautiful architecture and colour palette in our new store is inspired by our heritage and also a long relationship with India and their artisan craftsmanship. The installations in the store tell a story of our product creation and craft, from artisan wood-blocking and weaving techniques to bursts to colour that represents the fun-loving feel we have always been known for.



A collection we love, Artisan Studio, is front and centre in our new store. Made from organic cotton and sustainable viscose, this range features some of our favourite things – artisan techniques and our sustainable journey.

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This store will also be supporting The Monsoon Accessorize Trust – during the first month of our store opening we will be donating 10% of the profits to our Trust, which you can read more about below!

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This Marylebone High Street location is the first of more to come, we can’t wait to share with you when the time comes…

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Ready for Celebrations | Ramadan Kareem

Celebrate in style with our new collection of party pieces and matching accessories, for moments you’ll remember always.

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Styles That Sparkle

Glittery styles that will have them shining night and day.

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All That Shimmers

Cute accessories that go with every outfit, for every event.

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The Sweetest Thing

Appliqué petals with added sparkles made for special occasions.

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Spread Your Wings

Butterfly prints, pastel shades and gold trims are oh-so-cute.

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Pretty Pastels

Twirl night and day, in summer shades.

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Make It Match

Sweet matching and glistening styles for sister & me!

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Just Add Sequins

Be ready to celebrate, anywhere, anytime…

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Mummy & Me

Go for gold, with one for you and one for the little ones!

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For The Love of Linen


Lightweight, breathable and oh-so-soft, linen is a forever favourite fabric for the spring and summer seasons. From head-to-toe suit sets that will have you breezing back into the office when the time comes, to summer dresses perfect for picnics you can enjoy with friends and family this year and for many more years to come – we have everything your spring wardrobe needs.


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