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!


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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

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

An Addition to Our Clemmie

More often that not when buying a present, or treating ourselves to a little something, it is the little things that truly make the gift giving and receiving experience. What does the packaging look like? How is the tissue paper decorated and what will it hold? There are lots of little touches that add to the experience and here at Pepper Alley, we see ourselves as little gift giving elves running around our open plan office, always thinking of ways to enhance the Pepper Alley story for our customers.

This is why we are delighted to show you our new dust bags ready to hold and protect our precious Clemmie Totes to ensure they reach our customers safely. The creamy nature of our Italian leather products and the wide range of colours available means it is paramount to protect the bags and for this reason, we take every step to look after our products from the second they are made to the time they reach our customers and beyond.

Another thing that's dear to us at Pepper Alley? Working with like minded small businesses. That's why we were delighted to collaborate with Rose from Postbox Party, another Not on The High Street Partner to design these bags - with the iconic Pepper Alley logo and in a simple cotton design, they will protect your Clemmie en route and can be used to store your Pepper Alley goodies or as shoppers to take with you when shopping or hitting the gym.

You can find Rose and her business here. Alternatively, you can find Post Box Party on Instagram. We hope you love this new addition as much as we do and remember to share your thoughts with us on Instagram and Twitter. The dust bag is available with the Clemmie tote which you can shop right here.


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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

LFW - Our Highlights

Fashion month can be quite the blur - It's a mixture of looks, outfit changes and interesting fashion types inundating London's South Bank every season. Their energy adds a long lasting buzz to London which can be felt even after their departure; after their impact, the city will never be the same.

As each city only has a few days to give it their all, catching each second can be tricky and the constant updates powered through the force of publications, influencers and fashion houses alike makes it easy to get overwhelmed in a flurry of Fashion Week mayhem. Luckily, we have picked our A/W18 highlights ready to share with you - Happy Fashion Month!

London, a Fairytale Backdrop - How many times have we swooned over the perfect interiors at Sketch? And how many times have we found ourselves thinking, 'Yep this would be the ideal location for a fashion shoot'?. Turns out the clever minds behind Ryan Lo Studio shared our ideas and used Sketch as probably the most Insta worthy shoot location ever. If you do visit take our blush Clemmie tote and have fun matching the interiors!

    (Picture Source: Evening Standard)

The Queen, Making an Appearance -  A little like red and pink, or denim paired with a super smart coat, the Queen and Anna Wintour are one of those unlikely style combinations that appear odd in theory but work oh so well in practice. Seeing these two sat in together at Richard Quinn's show was certainly one of the most iconic moments of the season and the royal approval of LFW will certainly impact generations of British designers to come.

 (Picture via Vogue)

Saying Goodbye to Christopher Bailey and Celebrating Diversity -   Christopher Bailey did not end his final season at Burberry without making a statement: renowned for his celebration of diversity, the designer filled the catwalk with rainbows in honour of LGBTQ+ rights. The show, which reminisced Bailey's earlier contributions to the fashion house, made for an iconic farewell and marked the designer's long lasting legacy to Burberry and the world of fashion.

(Picture via The Telegraph)

What were your #LFW highlights? We'd love to know!

Pepper Alley HQ X 

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Valentine's Day!

Is it a truth universally acknowledged that February is the month of love. The month that can send even the most cynical among us in a frenzied panic to try and find the right date, the right restaurant and the right outfit and which some single people admit to hating with a passion for the feelings of anxiety it can sometimes induce.

Here at Pepper Alley, we are known for experiencing life through rose tinted glasses (just look at the romantic lines on our Clemmie tote!) and while we know that love doesn't need a single day to be celebrated, it can be lovely to take the time to reflect on the things that make life so lovely and embracing them in a celebration dedicated exclusively to love. So here is a little list to (you know it!), spread the #pepperalleylove this Valentine's Day. Little does it matter whether you're married, in a relationship or single - embrace the day however you want to and remember to share your tips and tricks to spread the love this February, we're all ears!

Make Time For Yourself: We have heard it before from mums and grandmothers all over the world, how will anyone love us if we don't love ourselves in the first place? While a little cheesy, this somewhat dated piece of advice still rings true and makes for the perfect excuse to make time for the things we love to do but can't always fit in our daily lives. Bubble bath? Glass of champagne while watching Netflix? That Yoga class you can never quite make? Take your pick and indulge in some well deserved You time.

(Picture Courtesy of Pinterest)

Embrace...Love:  A text to your sister to remind her why she is the best, a compromise with your other half over what TV series you watch first, freshly baked biscuits to take into work, leaving your change to pay for the next customer's coffee...there are many ways to embrace love and many of these don't require large quantities of money, just a little effort and good intentions. Similarly, as we move towards Spring, embracing blush hues and playing with softer tailoring and lines can also be a way to renew your wardrobe and meet the new season with a touch of romance.

(Shop the look here)

Feel Daring:  Saying yes to a new activity, making travel plans, having the audacity to plan that date you have been too afraid to ask for....the month of February (and fortune!) favour the bold and there is no better time to ask (nicely!) for what you really want. Our indulgent satin textures and bold Emerald and Ruby lining are the perfect start for those seeking an element of surprise in their lives and wardrobes. Shop the look here and here.

Treat Your Other Half: Whether it's a Lou Tote for him or a Clemmie for her , pull out all the stops to show your loved one how much they mean to you. Remember to ask for our signature engraving services to add that special touch to your gift.

Get your Galentines together:  What's better than a night out with your girlfriends? An excuse to catch up over cocktails, share what has been going on in your lives and make time for each other in spite of your busy schedules and millions of responsibilities. Message the WhatsApp group, save the date and get your Flora clutch out of the wardrobe for the occasion. The added touch to make the occasion truly special? A little surprise monogrammed keyring for each of your friends because even though you may live far  apart, they are still a big part of your life and let's face it, buying for your friends is just so fun!

(Picture courtesy of Pinterest)

So here you have it, a little list to make the most of the month of love. What are your Valentine's Day Traditions?

Remember to share the #pepperalleylove this Valentine's (and always!).


Pepper Alley HQ X 

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Girls Who Like Boys

Whether it's their leather jackets, a spritz of their perfume or one of their old shirts to sleep in, it's a truth universally acknowledged that women are forever stealing their boyfriend's clothing. Some may argue it's to shake ourselves out of a style rut, others simply declare that it's because their clothes are comfier (have you felt how much softer their jumpers are?!) and others (like us!) admit it's for pure laziness. Whatever your motives, there are definite advantages to taking some style lessons from the boys and with a menswear market that is growing at a faster rate than the women's and is expected to reach $438 billion in 2020, as shared by The Business of Fashion, it seems like the perfect time to immerse ourselves in the world of male fashion. Below, find our top tips for when it comes to taking style lessons from the boys:

(Picture courtesy of Business of Fashion - sometimes the best ideas begin with a #regram )

Keep it Simple: Back in the olden days, fashion for women was ornate, intricate and incredibly unpractical for anyone with a daily commute. Nowadays, designers are listening (thank god!) to women's needs and keeping things simple, structured and tailored to those working and living in the city. Our top tip for the perfect urban outfit? Choose a minimal outfit and let your accessories do the talking. Shop the look here if you fancy taking our blush Clemmie for a spin around the city in time for Spring.

Up the Contrast:  There is a certain allure to a woman who allows herself to be tempted by the cut of masculine clothing and in a world where it's sometimes so difficult to be a woman, the biggest statement we can make it to accept our femininity and embrace it. Don't be afraid to play with contrasts and combine sharper cuts with some pastels or romantic patterns like Kirsten Dust (picture courtesy of Vogue).

Mix it up with the Smart / Casual: Once a dreaded dress code associated with 21st birthdays and engagement parties, the smart casual is now the passe-partout of lazy girl fashion. Shirts play such a big part in this fashion trend and they're the perfect style piece to ensure you can waltz from the office and out for drinks in the blink of an eye. Shop the look here.

Buy Him a Gift You Can Both Use:  With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it could be time to treat your boyfriend to one of our Lou Totes. Large enough to travel or store his laptop / iPad for a day of meetings and made with our signature Italian leather, this really is the gift that keeps on giving as it effortlessly matches all of your outfit when you have oh so casually forgotten your bag at home (again!).

It's never too early to plan the perfect gift for Valentine's Day - remember to get in touch if you want to know more about our personalisation services.

Pepper Alley HQ X  

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Pantone - 183838 Ultra Violet // Our Wish For 2018!

Let us begin by saying that yes, Prince's Purple Rain may have been playing on loop in the making of this post and no, we are definitely not sorry. If you didn't know (where have you been?!), in the Pantone world of all things colourful, Ultra Violet has been announced as the 2018 colour of the year.

As explained by Pantone, the mystical and spiritual characteristics of this colour have always been used by influencers as symbols of their individuality. The introspective quality of this colour has also made it popular in spaces for meditation and reflection whereas its cool blue base links it perfectly to the contemporary world where news apps and technological inventions are at the order of the day.

We are thrilled with this colour choice for 2018 as purple has been inspiring us for a little while over at Pepper Alley HQ as you may have seen in our previous blog posts....

(Pictures courtesy of Pinterest)

Ultra Violet has been described as a colour which lights the way for what is yet to come; perhaps this is the message that resonates with us the most and inspires our craftsmanship. This colour hints at the pursuit of discovering one's own creative potential and the limitless opportunities that can arise from sharing it with the world. 

Ultimately, this is our goal; creating something beautiful and functional which can offer glimpses of infinity for the men and women wearing it - what are they doing? Where are they going? What are their goals? We want them to know that those dreams that seem so out of reach, as vast and limitless as the night sky, can be at arm's length with the right attitude (and bag!). Here is our selection of Ultra Violet goodies to help you push the boundaries and express your potential:

And how could we forget our iconic Celine London Liberty Lining? Hidden within our Eva Clutch bags, they embody the Ultra Violet vision perfectly; a small mystical addition to elevate the mundane and unleash the potential of those who wear it! 

While we may have giggled and jokingly hinted on our Instagram about previously agreeing the colour of the year with Pantone over the phone, what we really want our clients to take away from this colour synergy is not only Pepper Alley's attention to innovative detailing and new trends but also our wish to our clients for 2018. This can be summarised in two key messages as beautifully expressed by Ultra Violet and its characteristics; don't hesitate to seek moments of inner reflection and refuge from this 'overstimulated' world, as Pantone writes, but also enjoy discovering the magic within you and use 2018 as a clean slate to release your full potential.

Get ready to paint 2018 in....Ultra Violet - and remember to shop the blog post here.


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