Sunday, 15 October 2017

The Beauty of the Handmade

There is something about the Autumn season which inspires us to search for a sense of warmth, comfort and simplicity. It might be the weather getting colder or the days getting shorter but we find ourselves searching for cosy quality pieces in our wardrobe, racing home to light the candles to revel in their essence or simply relishing in the comfort of returning home after a long day of work to find homemade comfort dishes.

It is this quest for the simplest of pleasures which inspired today's post and an overall desire to share  images and details of our production process with you. A desire to go back to basics and celebrate our origins, if you will, or to simply enjoy the friendship we enjoy with our clients on a daily basis through our constant media channels and let you in on a behind the scenes process which is so very dear to us.

The Origins: You may know that Pepper Alley began through the simplest of quests. A fruitless search for a golden leather tote inspired our founder, Gillian, to visit a friend with a small leather workshop armed with a sketch and a simple, yet crystal clear vision. Nowadays, the original Clemmie tote is in very good company with clutch bags and pencil cases Flora and Edie. However, the original cocktail of high quality material, simplicity in design and continuous stream of conversation with our clients and friends alike continues to prove successful.

The Present: Our leather is sourced from Italy, in small quantities of high quality product. This not only gives us freedom to experiment with our greatest passion, colour, but also allows us to deliver excellence through our products in our signature bespoke Pepper Alley format. Minor differences in colour or finish are not feared but celebrated as they are testament of our commitment to producing each bag by hand in that very same workshop where it all started.

The leather is cut by hand and the bags are assembled one by one while our founder, Gillian, adds the finishing touches. An initial here, a secret word there and our bags are ready to be sent off - From London With Love, of course!

The Future: The beauty of the future is its uncertainty yet there certain values which will remain dear to Pepper Alley in the years to come. These include the commitment to quality, the innovation which drives the brand and pushes Gillian to source all the interiors from Liberty on Regent Street or the tiny fabric shops which line the streets of Soho and, most importantly, the countless conversations with friends laughing, sharing views and trying on countless totes, clutches and accessories.

We are thrilled to see that some of our products have been featured in this months' Tictail edit and we are equally happy to be a part of the Etsy London Local Team - the future, and this Autumn, are looking rosy for Pepper Alley and we can't wait to share the Pepper Alley Love with you! Race you to Christmas?


Pepper Alley HQ X 

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