welcome to the “dream collective”

    Introducing:

Dream Collective Studio

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Dream Collective is one the lines we are so excited to have at the shop this year.

After a brief hiatus, Dream Collective is back with incredible gold, silver, brass, and enamel pieces that are at once ephemeral and deeply rooted in a sophisticated boho sensibility.

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Handmade with so much love and spirit in Los Angeles, California.

These pieces are available now at the shop and will be available for online purchase soon!

 

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 peperandparlor.com 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!

xoxo

peper girls

 

The best pre-fall look: August 2013

Hey there dear friends! We hope your summer is going well and we hope you’ve plenty of time in the surf & sand!

Over here in Hoboken, we’ve been gearing up for fall in a serious way. Deliveries from Coclico, Chie Mihara, P.Monjo, Velvet, Burning Torch, Mother Denim, Mason by Michelle Mason, and others have been pouring in.

Below is one of our favorite pre-fall “looks”:

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Mother Denim Corduroys

Mason Leather Front Tunic (available online soon)

Burning Torch Recycled Cashmere Sweater

Chie Mihara Bebeto Bootie

 

*thanks to our dear friend Beth H. for modeling this look for us*

 

Adriana’s world: Rockin’ it “Grandpa chic”

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Adriana (AKA: “Sid”) has been busting a grandpa fashion move at least weekly for the whole 5 months she’s been back working at Peper. This gorgeous dark-haired beauty has curves galore and knows how to dress them but at least once a week she unapologetically rocks a look she calls her “grandpa style”.

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Pictured above: NSF boyfriend jeans, Clue layered-look cardigan, Clare Vivier bag, Tylho white blouse (in store only).

We caught up with her today to find out a little more about what inner voice she’s listening to when she buttons that shirt all the way up to her pretty little neck:

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Girls: “Adriana, who is your grandpa and why do you want to dress like him?”

Adriana: “I’m deeply influenced by Archie Bunker”

Girls: “But that doesn’t answer the question.”

Adriana: “It doesn’t matter because my real Grandpa was a farmer in Puerto Rico”

Girls: “What is one grandpa piece that is crucial for the Grandpa chic look?”

Adriana: “Uh! Relaxed boyfriend denim”

Girls: “Does your boyfriend, John, ever want to dress like a Grandma?”

Adriana: “He probably dresses like his Grandma (Baci) in plaids and flannels.”

Well, not sure that answers a lot but thanks anyway, Sid!!!

xoxo

Big Sexy Saturday: What to wear NOW!

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I don’t feel wintery buy I don’t feel Springy. This is my idea of a great transitional outfit!!

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Keeping it springy with: Tucker animal print top, NSF boyfriend jeans, Calleen Cordero booties, and favorite Mikal Winn necklace.

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Mikal Winn necklace

NSF jeans

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Calleen Cordero booties

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Check!

xo, Anne

when animal (prints) attack – the peper & parlor edition

We’ve been busy buying fall clothes & shoes for the past few weeks. We’ve attended all the shows, visited all of our favorite showrooms, and labored for hours over what we’d like to show you next fall. It was all smooth sailing until Anne saw: THESE BAGS…

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Adriana and I were lucky to witness Anne’s instant attraction to the bags in their natural fashion habitat. The photos document the encounter and the subsequent struggle. Needless to say, the bags won and Anne is still obsessively planning a counter-attack.

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The dusty aftermath…(kind of adorable right?)

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xo, yomaira

Post-buying feast at La Luncheonette…

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Worth a major mention is La Luncheonette in Chelsea. This French bistro has been around forever and has absolutely stood the test of time!  After 3 trade shows this week and looking at countless cashmere sweaters, skinny jeans, leather bombers, and fancy sweatpants (yes, on EVERYONE’S fall line) we decided to treat ourselves to a fabulous meal on the west side of Manhattan.

Our lovely hostess!!

Our lovely hostess!!

Melva, owner and wife of co-owner chef, was our hostess with the most-est! She clearly loves what she does and her customers (something I can relate to!!).

Our table had cassoulet, rack of lamb, frisee salad, steak au poivre, and a mushroom pate. Plus two bottles of cote de rhone and a fabulous chocolate dessert.

Where there's smoke there's fire!

Where there’s smoke there’s fire!

Here is where we brainstorm on cocktail napkins all our genius store plans and schemes.

From our table is where we were able to bribe Yomaira’s hubby, Tacuma, to come drive us home in exchange for a delicious take-out meal of roasted chicken.

On this kind of fun and productive night we know why we have all come to find ourselves working side-by side at Peper.

Come for the ambience, stay for the butter...

Come for the ambience, stay for the butter…

We even got a tour of the butter-chamber where they have stored the biggest block of what we were told was the fattiest butter available in the US.

Thanks La Luncheonette!! 130 Tenth Ave., New York, NY 10011
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One more word about Prairie Underground….

Then I promise to drop it (at least for now)!

This is how I’m getting through the last month of winter….Organic cotton, soft french terry, tough enough to withstand the chill in the shop but cozy enough that i sometimes fall asleep in it at night!!

Back in stock:

Guenivere zipped hooded jacket from Prairie Underground.

Available in a few colors and worth a click to our site or a stop in to check it out!!!20130212_peper_0786l

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!]

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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!!