Sunday, 24 June 2018

An Exciting Announcement!

Happy Sunday! Hope you are all enjoying the weekend - we are looking forward to a big brunch with the team later (where the oh so instagrammable avocado on toast will feature heavily) but managed to tear ourselves away from our cups of coffee to share some exciting news! If you have been keeping up with our sneaky clues, you may have noticed that we have decided to shake things up a little with our personalisation service to offer you waaaay more options and way more fun along the way.

                                                     (Polly keyring available here).

It's been a long time coming but we are thrilled to let you know that our personalisation service is no longer limited to initials only. We have extended it to 16 uppers and lower case letters including numbers - these can be hot foiled in silver or gold and are just perfect for those who love to go all out with their personalised goodies to truly make a statement.

For all the personalisation geeks out there (including us!) , the font used is 30point Gill Sands and, as well as upper and lower case letters, you can also personalise your bags and accessories with symbols. Personalisation is available both in silver and gold options - for key rings, we offer three characters in upper case or 4 characters from a mixture of upper and lower. Should you need a longer word on your key rings, we are also happy to print width - ways - however wacky your request, drop us a message and we will try our very best to accommodate your wishes.

When it comes to our totes, we typically print in the middle width ways and a few centimetres below the zip. We can also print on the handle but it is also possible, should you wish, to print on the bag itself.

So, here we have it, just a little note on our personalisation update that we hope you are as thrilled with as we are. For those looking for a little inspiration, here is a little top tip from our founder, Gillian, who has made personalisation a way of life really!

"For a stylish understated look, silver type looks great on silver leather or gold on gold to rose gold leather. It's very subtle. For a more stand - out look, then it's better to amp up the volume and play with contrasts".

Whether you play it neutral and go matchy matchy or mix and match shades, we hope you enjoy adding that finishing touch to all your Pepper Alley goodies. We just can't wait for you to tag us in your pictures of Pepper Alley goodies personalised and styled by you. 


Pepper Alley HQ X 


Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Father's Day Goodies!

Happy Hump Day from all of us at Pepper Alley! As we are getting closer to Father's Day, we thought we would share our favourite pieces with you which are sure to impress the boys in your life. Remember, there is still time for you to grab some Father's Day goodies from our website and, why not, personalise your leather totes and accessories with our signature engraving service making the gift giving experience all the more special.

For The Dad Who Works in the City - Our Lou tote is perfect for those busy dads who are constantly rushing in a whirl of business meetings, family responsibilities and daily errands. This gorgeous leather tote is a real multi tasker effortlessly taking the modern gentleman from office to gym and after work drinks in the City. Our Lou tote looks incredibly elegant both when heading into the work or jetting out of London for a quick weekend away from the office - the perfect present if you are looking to spoil your dad rotten this Father's Day.

For the Creative Dad -   His office is a mess of crumpled up pieces of paper and old newspapers, he is impossible to get hold of when inspiration strikes and his head is always a little in the clouds. You wouldn't change your creative dad for the world and this Father's Day, you are looking to treat him with a little gift he can use everyday. Our Edie pencil case sits perfectly on his desk, is miniature enough for the bare essentials in his cluttered life and works perfectly to remind him of his loved one while he is busy drawing or writing.

For the Sentimental Dad -  He always remembers when you have an important meeting or exam, was there when your first boyfriend broke your heart and has a picture of you and your siblings as his phone screensaver. For this total softie of a dad, you will need something as thoughtful as he is and that is why our Ollie personalised key rings are the perfect gift for him. Our iconic keyring with its signature Italian leather and chunky silver hardware can be personalised as you wish and is the perfect present for a dad who needs to be reminded that you are always close to him, regardless of physical distance.

Ultimately, while it's funny to find the 'perfect' gift for Dad depending on his passion, there is never such thing as a 'creative' or 'sentimental' dad only but instead a parent with a myriad of characteristics, interests and personality trait which makes him so unique. Similarly, the dad figures in our life may not be our actual dad but grandads, brothers, uncles and friends. Whoever you're buying for, we hope we have given you a little inspiration and, as always, do not hesitate to drop us a message if you have any questions about our products.

Lots of Love,

Pepper Alley HQ X 

Saturday, 2 June 2018

London in Bloom and our Blush Flora

It may be the RHS Flower show or our Sunday walks around the city but lately we have simply adored watching London in bloom! It got us thinking about our Flora clutches and, in particular, our little blush number which appears to particularly fit in with the gorgeous floral displays we are seeing around London at the moment.

Our Flora is the ideal solution for wedding season but don't be fooled by its dainty appearance - it perfectly fits all your essentials making you the best dressed guest for any occasion. Its understated pastel hue also works perfectly with any outfit whether it's complementing a paired back look or softening a bold bright.

In buttery soft Italian leather and with a leather zip pull, our Flora is perfect for those long wedding receptions with its super practical design which does not compromise on style and glamour. It's the perfect gift to wish a soon - to - be bride 'Congratulations!' perhaps with a thoughtful message engraved on the front.

On the subject of our engraving, we are thrilled to let you know that our personalisation service has now expanded to include up to 16 letters in gold or silver (get ready for a blog post with all the information you need on engraving coming very soon!). The iconic design of our blush Flora is so gorgeous that it will satisfy the fussiest of bridesmaids and nothing says #bridesquad quite like a personalised Flora for each bridesmaid. Similarly, an engraved Flora can do all the talking for you whether it's asking your maid of honour for her support on the big day, thanking your sister for her help or as a little keepsake for mothers and grandmothers. Got a little swept up in wedding drama and  let #bridezilla get the best of you? Shake an olive branch (or blush Flora!) and say sorry with a little gift to alleviate the wedding tension.

Like the look of our Flora clutch but need a smaller option? Our Clara wristlet comes in the same shade but in a smaller size for you to store the bare minimum. Off on a hen weekend and taking just about everything in your wardrobe? Let our Clemmie assist to your needs.

If you love the look of our Flora but need it in a different shade, hop over to the website - this little gem comes in an array of finishes and colours.

You can find our Flora here. Wishing you a lovely and stress - free wedding season!


Pepper Alley HQ X

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

The Perfect Wedding Guest

It's officially wedding season! Let's face it, there is nothing quite like a wedding to truly divide people. There are those who buy into the free bar, the singles' table and the first dance whereas others shudder at the thought of being confined with their family (or worse, other people's families) in a small space, perhaps in the middle of nowhere without wifi and with the dread of forced laughter through speeches to look forward to.

Here at Pepper Alley, we love weddings. We love the magic of them, the build up, helping brides find the perfect accessory and simply soaking up all the good vibes that only a wedding can bring.

However, weddings can be treacherous little occasions and we may find ourselves tripping over a wedding faux pas or two. Luckily, Pepper Alley HQ is here to help - after avidly watching the Royal Wedding and poring over every little detail, we thought we would put together a little post packed with tips and advice on wedding fashion. After all, who can blame us for taking a little inspiration from the wedding of the year?

Pattern like a Princess! - Who says that only pastels and block colours will do for weddings? Don't be afraid to shake things up with a little pattern especially if it's one of this season's chosen shades such as orange, emerald or the 2018 favourite, Ultraviolet. Still a little uncertain on embracing a bold pattern? Keep your outfit minimal chic and let our Liberty Lining do the talking.

 (Picture via Elle UK)

Opting for Comfort -   One of the most iconic moments of the Royal Wedding was certainly Serena Williams revealing her trainers which, she later explained,  she often wears on these occasions in order to be comfy for long nights. Serena is absolutely right - there is way too much fun to be had at a wedding to allow your fashion choices to hold you back. With the multitude of options available to us, there is no need to compromise style over comfort. Our top tip aside from opting for comfortable footwear? Choosing a clutch that is large enough to fit all you need for the big day. Our Flora clutches come in an array of shades and are delightfully roomy to store all your essentials.

(Photo via Harper Bazaar)

In Ode of NOT Playing it Safe -  When it comes to wedding fashion, we have heard it all before - 'Opt for muted palettes! Blush pink and navy always do the trick! Stick to what you know!'. Honestly ladies, the list could definitely go on. While navy hues and blush pinks always look smart and put together (in fact, there were a few ladies who opted for light pinks including Serena Williams), we couldn't help but be completely and utterly drawn to Amal Clooney's sunshine yellow number. Warm, bright enough to be glamorous yet easily pared back with minimal shoes and accessories, yellow could definitely become an unlikely contender for wedding guest colour of the year. What do you think? We love it when paired with metallics to amp up the volume for the evening or with a nude palette to keep things classy for a traditional service.

(Picture via Pinterest)

See you on the dance floor - we'll be the ones dancing to Beyonce's Single Ladies!

Happy Wedding Season!


Pepper Alley HQ X 

Sunday, 29 April 2018

SS18 Launches

Happy Sunday! We thought to plan ahead this week and made sure this post coincided with the weekend ready to be enjoyed with numerous cups of tea, a spot of brunch and some well deserved relaxation - hey, that's what Sundays are for right?

Now the sun has made an appearance for 2018 (even though its current whereabouts are still uncertain), we thought it would be the perfect time to run through our SS18 launches. As you know, our products go beyond our leather totes and clutches and we are thrilled to tell you that our leather accessories have had a little makeover.

Introducing our Golden Polly Key Rings but not as you know them. These sparkly beauties have been re - imagined with a little summer twist reflecting the hazy quality of balmy summer days.

Inspired by a touch of golden opulence and sandy beaches, they are available in three colours - Rose Gold, Antique Gold and Yellow Gold. It's certainly hard to pick a favourite - we are glad we don't have to and neither do you.

As always, our new additions boast our signature personalisation touch. Buy them for yourself, for your mumma or for your girl gang. We can't wait to see these out and about in the streets of London - they're certainly perfect for those who like to travel without ever leaving home.

Our Polly key rings make the perfect gift for party favours, goodie bags and a special little treat for bridesmaids / maids of honours - perfect now that we are fully in wedding season swing. How thoughtful would they be for a couple who has just brought their first home? Too adorable.

Look at them sparkle in the light - a perfect treat in time for summer! All we need now is for those stubborn rays to make an appearance.

You can buy our new edition Polly Key Rings here. They're great paired with our golden Clemmie Tote for a little gold on gold or perfect slipped in a tiny Clara Wristlet for a night out on the town where you have to be super strict with your 'essentials'.

Enjoy your Sunday and Happy Brunching!


Pepper Alley HQ X 

Saturday, 21 April 2018

#StyleHighlights - Meghan Markle

You can't open a magazine without stumbling across an article about her,  her face is everywhere on the news and social media is obsessed with her style and effortless make up - yes, Meghan Markle is definitely the lady of the moment and with her wedding to Prince Harry set for the 19th May at Windsor Castle, we can't see the 'Markle Phenomenon' ending anytime soon.

With her impeccable make up and effortless style, it is clear that Meghan is a style chameleon at ease both on set and attending royal engagements. We love Markle's style (hello Rachel Zane's power suits!) and can't deny she is half of one of the cutest power couples. To us, she embodies the Pepper Alley girl perfectly; energetic, ambitious and with a soft heart for good causes. Here are our top highlights from Meghan Markle's style and, since we are feeling generous, our top tips for stealing her look on a budget.

(picture via Pinterest)

Busy Bee -Like all Pepper Alley girls, Meghan is a busy gal. The former actress is a keen yoga fan, used to run her own lifestyle website and is now super busy with wedding planning and royal events. However, this hectic lifestyle does not seem to phase Meghan who, following her mother's example, takes pride in her healthy lifestyle and practises meditations and yogic breathing. Our tip to steal her off - duty style? Store all your essentials in a Clemmie tote and remember to take a step back and just breathe when it all gets too much.

(picture via Pinterest)

Natural Beauty - The trick to Meghan's effortless beauty looks? Investing in long term, quality treatments that don't break the bank. We're thinking deep conditioning masks (Meghan swears by them to tame her curly locks!), plenty of oils and moisturisers and a facial or two to treat your skin. We love storing all our beauty favourites in one of our clutches which we keep on our bedside table - what's best than your products working super hard while you get your beauty sleep? Not to mention being able to reach all your essentials without moving from bed - a lazy girl's dream!

(pictures via Pinterest)

Minimalism (with a twist!) - Whilst occasionally surprising us with a pop of colour or a metallic hue, Meghan's style strength is definitely in her clean silhouettes and minimal neutrals which she dresses up or down depending on the occasion. Steal her daytime look by matching a tailored shirt with a hint of red and for some evening glamour, keep your look understated with a blush Flora clutch.

We hope you enjoyed our style highlights for this soon - to - be royal bride (and babe!). Remember to tweet us @Pepper_Alley to suggest which other stars you would like us to feature. Oh and follow us on Instagram for our #stylesteals like the one below - our team have a sharp eye when it comes to luxury handbags!


Pepper Alley HQ X 

Friday, 30 March 2018

Pepper Alley Does SS18

When planning this post, we couldn't wait to share all the Easter excitement - the long weekend, the bubbles, the sunshine and the possibility of fishing out our Spring clothes from the depths of our wardrobe ready for a Bank Holiday Barbecue. However, living in the UK, we are used to the weather interfering with our plans just a little and we figured an outdoors guide to Easter in London or a summer look book would simply not cut it for this week's blog post. With forecasts of a rainy weekend and parts of the UK possibly facing (gasp!) snow, most of us will probably stay in. So what better than telling you all about our plans for Spring / Summer for you to read (indoors!) with a cup of tea and the remains of your Easter eggs? Hope you enjoy dreaming of SS18 with us and remember to hold tight babes, the sunshine is definitely on its way (*crosses fingers*).

(Picture courtesy of Pinterest)

The Return of Our Crystal & Denim Collection -  We simply can't wait for sunshine, easy summer dressing and spending entire days poolside without a care in the world. This is why we are delighted to relaunch our Crystal and Denim collection, reinvented to match the texture of a blue pool or a summer sky while still maintaining the ease of denim and that laid-back summer attitude. Throwing on a dress over sun-kissed skin and grabbing your clutch has never been easier or more effortless. Let the other worldliness of Crystals guide you towards a summer night where everything could happen, discover Poppy, Rosie and Daisy here.

Connecting with the Babes and Boys of Pepper Alley -  You know we are always thrilled to see our friends and clients wearing our creations and we love it when you tag us in your outfit shots! This summer, we will be sharing the #pepperalleylove further following some global (Italy and Germany, we are looking at you!) interest in our products. We can't wait to do a little traveling in search of further inspiration which then, inevitably, gets translated into a new product or collection back in London which we call home. We will definitely be sharing our travel adventures and, in the meantime, if you happen to go somewhere new and exciting, send us your pictures wearing our Clemmies and Floras to make the Pepper Alley office very jealous!

Some New Additions To Our Accessory Collection -  We have heard it time and time before, accessories really make an outfit. While we love pouring our creativity into new totes and clutches, we also love to make smaller, personalised pieces like our signature key rings or charms. We are currently finalising some new accessory launches and we can't wait to share them with you - all we can say at the moment is that personalisation will definitely feature and we will share our new designs with you very soon.

Embracing the Spirit of Summer -   A close look at our collections, and the numerous options we offer, will tell you that our creations are made to be shared. Whether it's tagging your sister in that picture of the Clemmie she has been looking for, sharing tips on how to effortlessly complete an outfit with a metallic Flora, surprising your mum with a personalised keepsake or going matchy matchy with your best friends and buying the same tote in different colours, our bags are made to be enjoyed in the company of those we love. This summer we will be embracing the laid back spirit of the season and vow to be generous with our time, our friends and....our fashion advice. Join us and share the #pepperalleylove this SS18.

Wishing you a lovely Bank Holiday Weekend and a fantastic SS18 in our company!


Pepper Alley HQ X