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VIA RETAIL WEEK

Peter Simon can’t remember how he started buying art seriously, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t remember the pieces that he’s purchased. As he wrote in his article “On Starting an Art Collection,” all of the works he has in his collection have, “a story behind their purchase and I enjoy my relationship with these works.” So do his employees. Simon has installed over 300 works at the corporate offices of his company Monsoon Accessorize. Monsoon’s art collection echoes the focus of the company—clothes with ethnic origins sourced from India, Afghanistan, and the Far East—and features works from Central and South America, Africa, and Asia that revolve around themes of travel, globalization, diversity, and cultural exchange. The Simons’ family collection, however, takes a different tack. Largely “Made in England,” it features British modern and contemporary works.

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Peter Simon

Location:
London

Source of wealth:
Retail (Monsoon)

Collecting area:
Contemporary art

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Fun fact:

The first piece of art that Simon purchased for Monsoon’s art collection was a 2.5-ton truck loaded with colorful Korean silks that the artist Kimsooja had driven through Asia and parts of North and Latin America. Coated with the dust of its travels, the truck is displayed in Monsoon’s foyer.