Friday, 3 August 2018

We're on Pinterest!


Good morning and happy start to the weekend! We hope you are all having a good summer (and no, we haven't forgotten our favourite London recommendations, keep an eye on our Instagram, @pepper_alley, as those are coming very soon). We are checking in today to share some exciting news regarding our social media presence. You know that we absolutely LOVE Instagram and that we also enjoy the odd tweet here and there. However, as you know Pepper Alley is a brand born out of inspiration and which continues to be influenced by the various inspirations that shape our work. Whether it's London, colour or effortless style, there are numerous mood boards scattered around the office (and saved on our laptops!) that we always refer to when planning new collections, social media content or blog posts.



We know you love following along with our journey as a small business and we have been wondering, for a while now, on the best way to share our inspirational content with you guys. We are thrilled to have global clients that we can call our friends and in order to reach all of you and share what inspires us and motivates us everyday, Pinterest seemed like a no brainer.



So, what can you expect? There will be a monthly board giving you aall the inspiration for the four weeks ahead. Today, we are kicking off with our Travel Edit board giving us all the beach and sun vibes as well as the fashion finds we have been loving for the season. Similarly, there will also be an edit of our favourite Pepper Alley products for the month ahead - from the ideal tote to clutches and accessories, we really have thought of everything.


We hope you enjoy following us on Pinterest and we hope our boards inspire you and, why not, encourage you to try something new this summer and in the months to come too.

You can find us on Pinterest right here.

                                                              Love,

                                                           Pepper Alley HQ X



Friday, 27 July 2018

The Travel Edit Part II


Happy Friday babes! It's been a manic few weeks here in the office - we have been super busy with orders and last minute vacay planning not to mention enjoying this heat wave by being out and about in London every single weekend. While we have had a fabulous time, we haven't had much time to sit down and have a well deserved break which is something we are most certainly looking forward to once the entire London population goes on holiday and the streams of emails we receive every day are replaced with the good old out of office response. However, we thought we would check in with you before the holiday season is in full swing with one last instalment of our travel edit. While in the first post we had fun matching a Pepper Alley essential to a sought after holiday destination, we thought we would keep things fairly laid-back this time round and chat you through our three holiday essentials. A little last minute holiday shopping / packing guide if you will, just in time for your travels. Not jetting off this summer? We've got you babes - make sure to give us a follow on Instagram ( @pepper_alley) as we will be busy sharing our favourite London spots for a real #summerinthecity vibe.


1. The In Flight Essential - 


Our Eva clutch is perhaps a lesser known member of our collection but don't be fooled by its minimalistic allure - sure, the Eva may not be as bold as a metallic Clemmie tote or as fun as a Flora clutch but this little gem is not to be underestimated. This understated clutch is made with soft Italian leather, like the rest of our collection, yet it truly packs a punch when considering it's a larger version of our signature Flora so ideal to store all your inflight essentials. Skin care staples? Check. Passport, phone and purse? Check. It's also roomy enough to store your tablet and beach lounger read - a true holiday staple. After a pop of colour to truly get in the holiday spirit? Not to worry, you can choose from dreamy purple or orange liberty lining fabric - we love the purple for a subtle nod to the 2018 Pantone Colour of the Year trend. You can shop the Eva here.


2. The Beach to Bar Bag - 


Gone are the days of using tragic sportswear bags as beach bags or, worse, the freebie totes reminiscent of University Career Fairs. No, this summer, we are after something a little more glamorous, a little more fancy. Luckily, our golden Clemmie tote is just that. Delightfully spacious to store all your beach essentials but sufficiently glamorous to effortlessly take you from daytime chic to evening aperitifs, this tote is a true multitasker. Who doesn't love a little sparkle on holiday? If you, like us, can't wait to channel the bronze goddess look you can find the Clemmie tote here.



3. The Evening Gem - 


There comes a time on every holiday where your usual accessories just don't cut it. Whether it's the surprise dinner overlooking sensational views, the impromptu party or a final evening where you fancy 'making more of an effort', there are occasions which demand signature, iconic pieces. We love packing Flora's little sister, the Clara wristlet, for a little back up should a spontaneous opportunity come knocking on our door. This little gem is tiny enough to effortlessly slot in our heaving suitcases with minimal effort and outrageously glamorous on the inside and outside. In fact, it's golden exterior is perfectly complemented by its satin ruby lining. We heard July's birthstone is the ruby so what better excuse to treat yourself to this mini signature staple? You can shop the piece right here.


We hope you enjoyed this round up of our favourite holiday staples - remember to send us a snap if any of these make their way into your suitcase.


Wishing you a wonderful summer!

Love,

Pepper Alley HQ X 



Sunday, 1 July 2018

Pepper Alley Travel Edit


We can't quite believe it but, at last, July is finally here! As summer arrives, so does our craving for warmer weather and holiday destinations and what better way to begin the month than with a little travel inspiration? We bring you three holiday destinations and, with each, the ideal Pepper Alley treat to match the occasion. Staying at home this summer? No worries, we have really thought of everything so be sure to check back in for a special post dedicated to the magic of the staycation with our favourite London spots. Happy summer and happy travelling babes!


Capri With Our Eva Clutch -  With our products being made exclusively with gorgeous Italian leather, how could we not start with Capri? Ideal for those looking to combine culture with glamour, the island of Capri offers the perfect mix of sight seeing and luxury shopping. With its fair share of celebrities arriving on their yachts to spend the weekend, this destination is perfect if you enjoy a little cool spotting on your holiday and can't wait to make all your friends at home jealous with your oh so effortless Instagram shots. Our top pick for this destination? Our metallic Eva clutch with surprise Peacock Blue lining, perfectly suited to match the cool blue of the sea.







Santorini with Rosie -  When it comes to matching cool blues and cloudless skies, packing our denim Rosie tote comes as a no brainer. We can't wait to personalise this little denim gem and allowing it to effortlessly take us from airport to hotel and from beach to evening cocktails. With its understated glamour, our Rosie is the perfect piece to pair with summer brights to match the island's glamorous yet laid-back style. Following its re - launch, we just can't get enough of the Rosie - particularly, its summer inspired texture which mixes the other worldliness of crystals and the ease of summer dressing.








St Tropez with our Flora in Gold - Nothing proudly shouts glitz and glam like this iconic French destination making our metallic numbers ideal for the occasion. Channel night time glamor with our Flora in Gold which will no doubt make you the best dressed guest at all those late night parties and yacht hopping. Heading there for a romantic getaway and not sure partying will feature highly on your list of priorities? Not to worry, our roomy Flora can double up as a make up bag to store all your essentials at the beach - a true multitasker.





Here's to one hot, stylish summer!

Love,
Pepper Alley HQ X 

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. 


Love,

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!

Love,

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!


Love,

Pepper Alley HQ X