Meet the Artisans: Gracie Embroidered Wrap Dress

Craft is at the heart of Monsoon, and we adore every part of the journey that brings you our artisanal collections, and we know you do too. Crafted by talented and skilful artisans, in this post we wanted to put a spotlight on one of our beautiful occasion pieces, the Gracie Embroidered Wrap Dress, and the people who made them.

Introducing Kareena and her family, who have worked in handwork for many years, and created this incredibly intricate beaded design.


“I am Kareena, my father Kasim Ansari and mother Hameda brought me up in Sikandrabad, a small town famous for sequin and beadwork. My father taught my mother Hameda to do handwork so that she could work in the industry too. I’ve always been a bit shy and an introverted person, as I grew up and completed senior secondary education, my mother taught the skills of handwork to me too.



Now I support my family through beadwork. Soon I will get married and live at my in-laws’ house, where I will continue my handwork skill and support them too. I believe that learning these skills is always beneficial if we use them on a regular basis.



I will continue to work as an artisan after marriage too along with my sister-in-law. At present we all work together, and it makes me happy that I am supporting my family.”



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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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Halloween Baking with Laura Adlington


Halloween is next week, we’ve got our costumes, decorated our houses, and have the trick or treating candy stocked up – now all we need is a sweet and spooky treat to top it all off. We turned to 2020 Bake Off finalist Laura Adlington for her pumpkin spiced cupcake recipe, Halloween themed and extremely tasty, they are the perfect pumpkin pick!


Pumpkin spiced cupcakes with cream cheese frosting



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These cupcakes are a great way to use up any leftover pumpkin flesh once you’ve finished carving out your spook-tastic creations for Halloween.

They’re incredibly simple to make and taste out of this world. The pumpkin makes the cupcakes really soft and moist, and they pair beautifully with the smooth and slightly tangy cream cheese frosting. Heaven!

To make the cupcakes you need to steam or roast the pumpkin flesh until it’s soft, then puree it. If that sounds like a lot of effort, you can buy pumpkin puree in tins in some supermarkets and whole food stores.


Happy Halloween and happy baking!


Makes 12 cupcakes



12-hole cupcake /muffin tin




For the cupcakes

130g plain flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Pinch salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp ground allspice

160g golden caster sugar

230g cooked pumpkin (or pumpkin purée)

110g vegetable oil

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract



For the icing

270g full-fat cream cheese

130g unsalted butter

350g icing sugar




Preheat your oven to 180°C/160°C fan/350°F/Gas 4

Divide your pumpkin into medium-sized chunks and cook in the oven for about 1.5 hours, or 5-10 minutes in the microwave. Once soft, scoop out the flesh and mash it with the back of a fork until it’s smooth and forms a puree. Leave to cool.


To make the cupcakes, sieve the flour, baking powder, bicarb, salt and all the spices into a medium bowl. Give it a good mix and leave to one side.


In a large bowl, add the eggs, sugar, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and cooled pumpkin puree. Whisk until combined, then add the dry ingredients and whisk again until combined.


Spoon the mixture into cupcake cases (only fill about ¾ of the way) and bake for 16-18 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.


While the cupcakes are cooking, make the cream cheese frosting by beating the butter and cream cheese together for 1-2 minutes (I recommend using an electric hand whisk if you have one). Then add in the cinnamon and icing sugar. Whisk for 2 minutes then cover the bowl in cling film and pop it in the fridge until it’s firm enough to pipe (about 1-2 hours).


Create Mini Pumpkins


You can decorate the cupcakes however you like. I used coloured fondant to create mini pumpkins, but you can add kids’ sweets or ghost eyes (available from most supermarkets). Get creative and have fun. Enjoy!



 Divide your fondant into 12 balls weighing approx. 20g each


Use a pallet knife or the back of a dinner knife to carve out the pumpkin shape, going from the top in the centre to the bottom and working your way round


 To create the stem, roll a small amount of fondant in-between your fingers, then press the end down to create a small bulb. Add a very small drop of water to attach the stem to the pumpkin


 To create the vines, tear off a small amount of green fondant and rub it between both of your palms until it’s nice and thin. Attach it to the pumpkins using a very small amount of water or simply drape it around the stem.



Our top 5 warming winter coats of the season


Warming coats are everything to a winter wardrobe, and as the temperature starts to drop, we’ve got the perfect cold-weather companions you’ll want to snuggle up in. From the coveted padded coats everyone is talking about to faux fur trims that add a dramatic feel, our collection is sure to suit every style.  

New coats effortlessly styled with dresses, skirts, trousers and accessories, so get ready for some true inspiration with our top 5 favourites of the season… 

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Cocooning shapes, we all love 



Staying warm is always guaranteed with an oversized padded jacket. Combining cosiness and style for a piece we’ll all always love, for this year and those to come.  


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A workwear saviour  




We all need a staple piece for wearing to and from work. This sophisticated smart women’s coat will pair effortlessly with all your favourite office ensembles and keep the cold at bay all in one.  


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Keep warm and feel chic  



Add a touch of faux fur to both your occasion and daytime wardrobe with a coat that makes an impact. A timeless silhouette, there is nothing you won’t want to pair with this design. 


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Wrap it up in neutral shades 



The one to wear on repeat. Our wrap around coat in neutral shades in one you’ll turn to again and again as soon as the weather starts to get chillier.  


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The coat alternative  



Switch your coat for a cape to keep warm in this season. The perfect addition to your evening and occasion wardrobe, layer this design over velvet dresses and embroidered blouses for a timeless finish. 


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Mother & Daughter Outfits | Emma Paton


Our matching Mother & Daughter outfits are the sweetest thing. We wanted to bring them to life so you could see just how adorable (and stylish) they are, so asked our mummy blogger friend Emma Paton to show you! Layering knits for casual days out or animal prints for family occasions, everyone will envy these mini-me designs.



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What is your favourite thing about our mini-me matching mother & daughter collection?


We love the fun playfulness that comes with the mini-me collection, and the bright stripy knit was definitely the favourite piece for both of us! We both love checks too, and the prairie Dayana dress ticks all the vintage inspired boxes with its pretty ruffle neckline.



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What do you look for in both your autumn wardrobes?


Versatile and comfortable styles that can be layered up and worn in a variety of ways. The denim dress is something that will be so useful as it can be worn with tights and roll necks underneath as it gets colder too. We also love colour, especially in accessories to brighten up an outfit.



Where do you think is the perfect place to wear your mini-me outfits?


We are really keen to go for a fancy afternoon tea in London over half term and this will be the perfect place to wear one of our mini-me outfits!



Our bestselling women’s denim tiered dress has sold out, but it’ll be back soon…


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British Asian Trust | Monsoon


On Saturday 8th May, Monsoon and Accessorize donated 10% of all UK online sales to the British Asian Trust’s ‘Oxygen for India’ Emergency Appeal. 

Having been born there, our brands have built a unique bond with India and its communities over the past four decades. We continue to hold close relationships with the country and its heritage, and to this day it continues to be where many of our products are crafted by our artisan partners. 

 Together we raised over £30,000 for Oxygen for India Emergency Appeal. We wanted to thank all those who made a purchase, helping make this possible and share with you an update from the British Asian Trust below. 


This video shares some images that you may find upsetting  



If you’d like to read more about British Asian Trust’s mission, or support their endeavours with a personal donation, click here.



October: Monsoon’s Journal


October, the official month of autumn, has arrived. We are not retreating indoors at the sign of cold weather though, with loads of things to inspire us we are filling up our calendars with autumn walks, Halloween events and of course plenty of delicious food! Be inspired too with our top picks for the month… 


Did you get the memo? It’s Internal Walk to School Month. Don’t worry if you haven’t, there is still plenty of the month left, and we have outfits they’ll wear to school and on the weekends in our latest collections.


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As soon as October comes around, we have our minds on Halloween plans. Young or not-so-young, this is an event we all want to celebrate, and our first stop is always the pumpkin patch. We’re getting inspiration from Country Living with their top ones to visit in the UK.


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Unblocktober is the first month-long national campaign to spread awareness of improving the health of our watercourses and seas in Britain. Cleaning up our seas is a cause close to our hearts, read more about how to get involved on their website.


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For October we are supporting the Change & Check campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Giving you all the information on the symptoms and how to check them, read our dedicated blog to find out more.


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25th October is World Pasta Day with World Vegan Day following shortly after on the 1st November, so we’re suggesting spending the entire week eating vegan pasta dishes to celebrate. Find some inspiration on what vegan bloggers to follow via The Guardian…


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How to style forever denim styles


Denim is a fabric that always stands the test of time, loved by all, season after season. That is just one of the reasons we love our denim collection, our latest styles offer comfortable and stylish silhouettes made from eco-friendly fabrics, that you’ll adore throughout the seasons.

From jeans and dungarees to shirts and dresses, we want to inspire you with how to style this forever fabric.


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Denim head-to-toe



The most comfortable denim style of all time, dungarees are perfect for wearing with all your favourite tees and blouses. Choose casual t-shirts or lace trim shirts to layer under this classic blue style.


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Flares, big & small





Denim outfit ideas wouldn’t be complete without blue jeans. Give yours an update with soft flare and big flare designs, paired with all your favourite jumpers and shirts this autumn.


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Smarten up your denim styles




Bring denim into your work-to-evening wardrobe with our frill trim collar shirt. A silhouette we know you love, we’ve given it an update for the perfect denim shirt outfit style.


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Classic black jeans, dressed up



Black jeans are a must, we can all agree on that. Perfect for that ‘jeans and a nice top’ look, we’ve paired these with our embroidered longline jacket for a real statement.


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Nothing but denim



Denim dress outfits are effortless, and perfect for throwing on at a moment’s notice for casual days out with friends. For when the weather gets colder pair this style with tights, for a design you can wear throughout the seasons.


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Rainy Day Activities: Chloe & Matilda

As the weather gets colder and the rain starts to unpredictably fall, we’ve been thinking of activities that can keep them busy on weekends indoors with rainy day activities from @oaktreehome. Be inspired with cast fossil and suncatcher how-tos they’ll have endless fun with – wearing outfits that are just as fun!

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Cast Fossil

(adult supervision)



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A cast fossil is where an animal dies and over time its body parts decay leaving a void, that void is then filled with minerals and over time the minerals from rocks which leave a cast of the creature that passed. They are generally found where once there was quiet water that sediment and silt could build up in.

Cast fossils can be found of lots of animals and plants and shells, ammonites and trilobites are very common examples that can be found.

In this simple experiment, we are going to mimic the process that creates cast fossils to show how they would have formed but, in a few minutes, instead of millions of years.



To make the fossils you will need:

Plasticine or other modelling clay that will not dry out

Plaster of Paris

Small tub to mix your plaster in



Card, sticky tape and a small plastic lid to contain your fossil making process



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Method for creating your fossils:


Soften the Plasticine and create a flat shape.

Using a shell (or dinosaur) press carefully into the Plasticine and then remove. This has made a mould fossil. Now it’s time to finish the fossil process and create the cast fossil.

In a small plastic tub mix up the Plaster of Paris according to the instructions (an adult must supervise using Plaster of Paris)

Make a cylinder around the fossil using strips of card and sellotape.

Pour or spoon the mix into the mould the shell has produced.

Allow to harden till your Plaster of Paris is solid.

Peel away the Plasticine and card from the plaster cast.

You now have a cast fossil!




(adult supervision)



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What you need:


Old crayons

Laminator and pouches






Marker pen



What to do:


Grate old crayons into different bowls

Sprinkle the bits of crayon into the laminating pouches and create patterns (don’t go too close to the edge)

Put the pouch through the laminator and watch the crayon sprinkles melt and create pretty patterns

Using a marker pen draw shapes and cut them out

Sellotape the shapes to string and hang in your window

Enjoy the sun catcher creating pretty patterns around your room.



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Meet the Artisans: Artisan Studio

Our beautiful Artisan Studio collection wouldn’t be possible without the incredible talents of our artisans. We wanted to introduce you to just a couple of them, so you can find out a bit more about who made this collection and how they make these handcrafted designs.


Shamim Bano

Bandini Printed Dress


Shamim Bano, a skilled artisan for tie-dyed garments, is based in Sanganer, a suburb of pink city Jaipur, Rajasthan. Around 30 years ago to look after her large family of six children, she decided to start working. She was not able to read or write so it was difficult for her to find a job at first, then she landed in Rangrez (dyeing) unit as a helper and started learning the tie-dye process.



With support, she was able to learn these handcrafting skills quickly and soon she started working independently for tying the garments. Her hard work and eagerness to learn helped her to learn the dyeing process too.

Her husband, Munir Mohammad sadly became unwell, but her son Omar started working and soon they started saving money and purchased a small piece of land and built their home. Now with 30 years of experience in the same unit, she also trains new workers. She operates her bank account and helps other workers to learn the skills of tying and dyeing. She strongly believes that women safety is a must for all and that’s the reason she is has worked in this unit for so long, and plans to stay and train as many people as she can in this amazing craft.




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Bhole Ram

Artisan Studio Woodblock Print Dress


Bhole Ram a 50-year-old artisan started learning woodblock printing at the age of 12 years. His father, Lalaram, was also an artisan and worked in woodblock printing in Farrukhabad(UP). Lalaram has three sons and Bhole Ram is one of them, with one of his brothers working in Sanganer as a woodblock printer too. Due to decreasing printing work orders, his father decided to go to Punjab which was a hub for saree printing.



Bhole accompanied his father to Punjab and got more experience in saree printing. However, due to technological advancements, they left Punjab and finally settled in Jaipur which was growing as a printing hub. In the meantime, Bhole got married, and now has three sons. He has obtained thirty-eight years of experience in the printing sector. He wants to provide career opportunities for his children and encourages them to move into any industry they choose.




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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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Change & Check | Breast Cancer Awareness Month


This month we are supporting the Change and Check campaign and giving our logo a cheeky update. As part of this, we wanted to tell you all a little bit more about how this campaign started and why it’s so important. This campaign was set up by Helen Addis (also known as @thetittygritty), Features Editor for Lorraine ITV, after her own experience being diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. Through this amazing campaign, Helen aims to help more people know what to look out for in order to get an early diagnosis.



Helen was inspired to do this while in chemotherapy, and after speaking to family and friends she found out that most people she knew weren’t checking for breast cancer or didn’t know what to check for. Now cancer-free, Helen wants to make sure as many people as possible know what to look for and how often/when to check.


Save Your Life


Along with this sticker (that you can download here), Dr Hilary has shared his step-by-step guide to checking your breasts – you can watch via their website and make a note of the steps below.


The signs and symptoms you’re looking for are:


Visible changes in shape or size.

Skin changes such as; dimpling, puckering or rash around the nipple.

Lumps or bumps.

Bloody discharge from the nipple.



How to check:


Sit comfortably in front of a mirror with hands on your hips so chest muscles are relaxed.

Firstly, look at the contour of the breast to check that it matches on each side and see if there is any puckering or dimpling.

Look for any change in the nipple such as a rash, indrawing or pulling in.

Look for any skin change all around the nipple.

Using the fingers of your left hand to examine the right breast, walk your middle three fingers around the breast. You’re feeling for any abnormal lumps or bumps or any irregularity that hasn’t been there before.

Divide the breast into four quarters.

Start on the inner upper quarter, walking those fingers around the breast.

Do the same on the lower inner quarter and then across to the lower right quarter and then the upper right quarter.

Walk fingers up to the tail of the breast in the armpit.

Walk your fingers back to the areola around the nipple.

Repeat steps above on the left breast, using your right hand to do so.

Dr Hilary advises that menstruating women check their breasts following their period each month. For menopausal and post-menopausal women, pick a date each month that suits you.


If you notice anything unusual, see your doctor or nurse as soon as possible. Early diagnosis could mean a better chance of successful treatment.


As part of our support of this campaign, you will find stickers and leaflets in our stores and parcels this month, that gives you all the Change and Check information you need.


The O2 Climb with Loraine Kelly


As part of raising awareness, Change and Check climbed the O2 (Britain’s biggest boob) with 52 women including Lorraine Kelly and Sally Dynevo! To find out how you can raise awareness visit their website.


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