so much good!

We’ve been missing-in-action on the blog scene since last August (almost a year now). This year has been a whirlwind with so many *good* changes and we are so excited for the year ahead.

Here are some highlights…

This year we published our very first peper & parlor lookbook – it was so much fun! Be sure to keep your eye out for our next big project.

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Late last summer we went on our first ever “team-building” retreat to Puerto Rico! We had such an amazing time at the Caribe Hilton, strolling down the streets of Old San Juan, and checking out the local scene at Piñones beach. Anne a.k.a. “big sexy” even got a free surf lesson, haaa! We also had a chance to meet some of Yomaira’s family in the mountains of Caguas, P.R. We can’t wait for the next trip.

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We’ve also welcomed some really awesome new lines by independent designers. You’ll see dedicated blog posts to those in the future. One of the sneaky best-selling line is Upper Metal Class – handmade minimalist jewelry on the west coast by artist T. Screen shot 2014-06-22 at 1.35.43 PMWe also have a new staff member in the ranks! The peper and parlor newbie is Ashley. After a few post-grad years on the island of St. John she’s back on the continental U.S. and honing her retail and event planning skills. You’ll see her at the shop on weekends and some weekdays.Screen shot 2014-06-22 at 1.50.30 PM

Our e-commerce site is chock-full of the best pieces in the shop. Our former staffer-turned-photo editor at Conde Nast, Brenda continues to blow us away with her photography and endless creativity.

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There is lots more happening and we can’t wait to tell you about it!


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anne’s big sexy haircut!

Oh Anneall work and no play makes your hair a dullish tangled grove of madness!

Over the past year we’ve witnessed you fighting your golden-pink locks and have listened as you threatened to cut it all off (“once and for all! and by the way, good riddance!”).

Anne, today you took a step in a fresh (and sexy) direction and for that we shall dedicate this blog entry to YOU (and your shiny new tresses)! 

[p.s. thanks Lori from Hair Cult! you’re the best!]

Imagea rear view (haha)! anne chatting with her bestie patty

Imagebig sexy busts a move! visit us any saturday for a live demo…

Imageits a maniac! a really chic maniac!


and we call this the “tiger”…the best dressed tiger in town!

love ya’ anne! (don’t kill us),

xo, peper girls!



Thank you Hoboken!!

It’s been tough to write what with my brain flooded with flood information etc etc.

I do feel like I need to talk about my beautiful store and my beautiful staff and my beautiful clients and friends….

When I was 26 yrs old I opened Peper Apparel here in Hoboken. The reasons I opened the shop ended up being completely different than the reasons I’ve kept at it for 17 yrs.  I dreamed of being local while working.  I had aspirations of having a space where I could be “all business” or be creative.  I saw my fellow shop owner (and now good friend!), Diane sitting with her husband doing crosswords at the cafe in the morning instead of rushing onto the bus to NYC.  I did always like…ok LOVE…clothes. And shoes.  And people.

As I look back at it all now I can still see where the shop has served the purposes I set out for it to. I now realize that Peper has been the most enriching, inspiring, stressful, joyous, life-defining thing I ever could have embarked on at 26.  The people alone who walk in my door are enough to make me want to get up in the morning. The things my staff have taught me will stay with me always. The community connection I now have to my absolute favorite city is so special. I have wealth beyond my wildest dreams in terms of these things.

I have to say thank you to all the lovely ladies (and men) who’ve shared with me and my staff their stories, lives, and patronage.  This would just be my “job” if it weren’t for you!

It also must be said that I have had the most incredible sales team any store-lady could want.  My lovely ladies warm my heart with their generosity, patience, humor, loyalty, and never-ending love for my kids.

Today I’m celebrating all that has kept me going through this long 17 yrs and I particularly toast my gorgeous team: Adriana, Arthur, Brenda, Courtney, Craig, Kali, Mayra, Tamara, and Yomaira.  I love you!!!

I look forward to years to come here at Peper and Parlor!!

what’s in her bag? peper girls reveal! (take it with typos…learning photoshop!:) )

So our darling Adriana (yes! Adriana is back!) suggested a fab idea for our readers! Since we are always interested in each other’s  varied accouterments, we thought it would be cool to share what’s in our bags.

We all jumped at the chance to “spill the beans”…

Adriana’s Beracamy Paris satchel:

 highlights: the bubble yum gum is a childhood throwback! plus, we love the preppy train satchel by beracamy, it has four compartments so its perfect to house all the “necessities” of the everyday chaos

Yomaira’s Clare Vivier crossbody:

highlights:  the Yarnz cashmere scarf (keeps this caribbean girl extra warm in the almost chilly weather), the marc jacobs shades are a staple at peper…by the way,  i love all things Clare Vivier?

Brenda’s sparkling Monserat De Lucca tote:

highlights: the linea pelle zip wallet (always in stock at peper), brenda’s gorgeous yarnz tapestry scarf, and the adorable cloth covered hairpins from montreal’s carolina villamarin (a peper exclusive)!

Anne’s 49 Square Miles carryall: 

highlights: the flashlight & hoboken parking ticket …just kidding! we love Anne’s gorgeous earrings from a peace treaty and she swears by the single strap 49 square miles super supple leather bag (an easy pick for a mom on the go)!

Show me your legs!(Anne’s favorite five… Vol. 2)

I LOVE hosiery. I do. I make up reasons to wear stockings, legwarmers, fishnets, knee-highs, texture, color, layers layers layers.

We now have the exclusive for Hoboken from Hansel from Basel, Lisa B, Philippe Matignon, and Hortensia Handknits.

Wool, Cashmere, Alpaca, Cotton….GORGEOUS!!!! Come by to see (and feel) for yourselves! priced at $18-$185.

Anne’s Favorite Five (give or take!) vol 1.

Often in the shop the question directed to me is: “What are you loving right now?” Well having had the shop for 17 years, at this point I’ve become very selective with what comes home with me (especially since we live in a one room apt now!) However, there are ALWAYS about 3 (or 4, or 5, or 6…) things that I think are MUSTS!! This week I introduce our newest pieces of what I think is well-done, wearable, delicious, well-fitting etc etc etc!! I personally OWN all these pieces and LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!

The BEST pencil skirt I’ve had in awhile. Just a little more interesting than black. Constructed of the stretch jersey that Butter by Nadia is famous for. Super flattering, totally versatile!

Hi-low cotton/cashmere sweater with leather sleeve trim from Mason. SEXY! Michelle doing anything with leather will get my attention every time!! Perfect light weight: I’m wearing it already!

Mother denim delivering the most comfy fitted skinny in the shop. Here in “Grand Sophie” which is like a light bluish black. Totally sexy. I got these because until lately I really haven’t been a big wearer of black but these seem a little softer, more subtle…

Crown Jewel henley is DELICIOUS! I swore off henley tees many years ago (not sure why…) but this one jumped into my arms on my trip to Fred Segal in Los Angeles and we’ve since ordered and reordered 3 times here at the shop!! Cotton/modal/lycra. Shape holds so well I can wear it twice without it looking stretched.

Enter: our little gems from Mei Vintage. I must confess I don’t yet have this one but I’m sure I’ll buckle within a month and order one for myself! Made in California of vintage kimono fabric and leather with a detachable chain. Perfect little bag to wear day or night!!

Lastly, Fab Buckle booties from Argila. Did a big debate with myself and wasn’t sure i could rationalize another bootie but yes, THEY ARE DIFFERENT!!! I needed them. I’m wearing (ie:loving) them right now…

DIY Denim Owl Toy from Old Jeans

DIY Denim Owl Toy from Old Jeans.


I loved this quick and easy idea from fellow-blogger Zhenya. I think i’ll make this on Saturday at the shop! Stop by with your fabric if you want to give it a try on our sewing machine!!