Pepper Alley

a bit about us....

Pepper Alley was founded in 2015, 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 my idea with a simple sketch and couple of bullet points. 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. And recently I invested in a hot foiling machine, so now offer product personalisation too.

I source leather from Italy, opting for neutral colours that can be paired easily with other colour combinations. Because leather’s a natural product and I buy in small quantities, product colours or finishes can differ slightly. However, I try to 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 them 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, as I buy all lining fabrics in London's West End, from Liberty on Regent Street, and the fabric shops on Berwick Street in Soho.

Enjoy shopping in my store.

Gillian Rolland - founder.