Peter Simon once said he can’t remember how he started buying art seriously, but all the works in his collection have “a story behind their purchase,” he wrote in a missive titled On Starting an Art Collection—”and I enjoy my relationship with these works.” So do his employees, as Simon has installed more than 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 it features works from Central and South America, Africa, and Asia that revolve around themes of travel, globalization, diversity, and cultural exchange. Simon’s family collection, however, takes a different tack. Largely “Made in England,” it features British modern and contemporary works.

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Peter Simon


Source of wealth:
Retail (Monsoon)

Collecting area:
Contemporary art

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Fun fact:

The first piece of art that Simon purchased for the art collection of the fashion operation Monsoon 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 was displayed in the foyer of the Monsoon Building in London.