Stylish Italian leather bags and accessories that can be personalised too
Pepper Alley was founded following a fruitless search for a gold leather tote.
Loving simply styled leather bags in beautiful colours, I was unable to find anything suitable. Turning to a friend with a small leather workshop, I explained what I was looking for with a simple sketch. And so the Clemmie tote was born!
Subsequently I’ve designed other items – a clutch bag, wristlet purse, pencil case and keyring – all of which sit comfortably inside the Clemmie, as well as working as stand-alone pieces. Investment in hot foiling machine means I can now offer product personalisation too.
I source my leather from Italy. Because it’s a natural product and I buy in small quantities, it can mean the colour, or finish of a product, may change a little over time. However, I always ensure colours and finishes are as consistent as possible.
The Workshop continues to make all Pepper Alley products, cutting the leather by hand and piecing together on sewing machines. I add any personalisation.
My emphasis throughout has been on creating simple designs – and I use material, colour and texture to create a point of difference. And the quality extends to the bag’s interior. I buy all lining fabrics in London’s West End, from Liberty on Regent Street, and the fabric shops on Berwick Street in Soho.