Open Studio Days 

We start in the new year with two days open studio with the Prepare-For-Winter Sale. We have discounted bags, hats & gaiters of felted blankets and tweeds — existing ánd new models. Many forgotten items in storage that are worthwhile looking at, can be purchased for €5,- to €25,-. Are you interested in the present wool felt collection? Then I am also happy to advise you. For on-the-spot orders and made-to-measure service, you get up to 10% discount. We accept cash and pin payments.

Tweed Mini Shopper Bags €15,- Blanky Bags €29,- Bonnets & Caps €25-€29,- Farmer Hats €49,- Blanky Gaiters €75,- Tweed gaiters €99,- Fashion gaiters €50,- and €75,-  

Free Workshop Making Mittens

Try & buy the wool felt mittens in motorcycle style, that are new in the collection! For the occasion they can be purchased now with 10% discount at the Open Studio Days or the webshop now, using coupon code: NOW10

But it is also fun to make your mittens from recycled sweaters, tee’s, knits, jeans, blankets and whatever you bring yourself.  I developed a simple pattern that you can easily adjust to your size and desired style. You can work on our sewing machines or use needle and tread. I will teach you techniques to personalize your mittens. It is free to join us at the workshop, but we ask a small contribution of €5,- for the materials that are available. Pay directly at the webshop to valid your participation for the free workshop. 

Next open studio dates with the free workshop:

  • Friday 11 January 15.00-20.00 hours
  • Friday  8 February 15.00-20.00 hours

Location: Ruivenstraat 39 Rotterdam. Please enlist for the Prepare For Winter Sale by sending an email, call or WhatsApp to +31641637798.

I look forward to meeting you!

In awaiting the new Studio Sale dates, you are very welcome at our studio for made to measure service or checking out all the unique examples on the shelves. Please contact me for an appointment or any question about the o.o.a.k. items.

Kind regards


A permanent spot

It was only one month ago that I got the opportunity to rent a permanent studio at the Ruivenstraat 39 in Rotterdam after I had to leave my studio on the Noordereiland. I rented Prins Hendriklaan 10-06 on a temporary base, which was excellent for the time being but now I am surrounded by fellow artists in a beautiful building with a great atmosphere in the Old North of Rotterdam.


We are still unpacking and organising the former classroom. We painted away the bright blue on the woodwork to create a serene space. There is more than enough stuff that attracts attention already. We built two storage towers since the room is 4,5 meters high.  Like the other space, we have a workshop and showroom emerged. In the future, I would like to create a ‘piano nobile’, perfect for the showroom and chill out.

Back to work

So I am ready to pick up assignments and make new designs. Pepavana will attend several fairs this year. On 9, 10 & 11 November we will redecorate a hotel room with our best wool felt designs at ARA ART FAIR 2018. And we will attend the 10th edition of Meesterlijk on 30 November, 1 and 2 December.

Studio Sale

And we will organise a studio sale soon, but before that happens, you are welcome to visit us for custom made orders or fittings. Have a peek at our shelves with summer items. So feel free to come around and profit from attractive prices on summer clothes and accessories.

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The assignment

Last week I was asked by Ebami Tom to co-host a sewing workshop at “Made in 4 Havens”, a maker space, located in the harbor area of Rotterdam West. Our assignment was to implement several skills and techniques on different levels for a small group of women. Most of them had little sewing experience, but we needed to challenge the ones with more skills.

Made in 4 Havens

At the studio here at Made in 4 Havens, production of fashion items are made by local women for several clients already.

We could implement all these requirements, by sewing a cotton tote bag with volume and pockets. Since I am a bag designer, I showed them a couple of bag designs that illustrated the different orders and difficulties. The students could choose to make one with a loose hanging inner pocket or a volume pocket on the front. They also had to make an application on it.


Kim and I gave instructions on how to use the industrial sewing machines and the lockers. The first step was to make a square test cloth on these machines. During class, we attended the students personally, guided them through the whole process of design and executing at the different stages of making a tote bag.

Eventually, all the students had used the different skills at their level and made a personalized tote bag.

Kim van Eijnatten is a fashion specialist that, apart from teaching how to sew, keeps her footprint small by selling rare second-hand finds at “Nonsens Vintage“.

Ebami visited my studio in Heijplaat a couple of years ago in search for Rotterdam Designers, and later on, I attended the Design Market at Made in 4 Havens.

We were all excited about working together and hope this trial will result in a future series sewing lessons.

We can look back at an excellent edition of Meesterlijk 2016. It is a yearly event with the most sympathetic designers and craftsmen that you can find in the Netherlands. Organized by Nicole Unicole. Since 2012 I am promoting the new accessory for high heels on this event and it is starting to pay off, visitors find their way to my stand.

I noticed that not only women stopped by but also men, and often it was men that chose Pepavanas for their wives or girlfriends. So I am looking forward to the next edition in December!

At Meesterlijk 2017 we will consummate the Continuous Collection with New Designs.

I will keep you posted!


Meesterlijk Design & Ambacht

1-3 December

Westergasfabriek Amsterdam

New dates in 2018:

November 30, December 1-2

Ich freue mich dich zu sehen

Frankfurt 26-28 August 2016

Talents Accessories & Jewellery: Hall 9.2  Stand A 80

Open daily, 9 am to 6 pm

Tuesday, 9 am to 5 pm

FORM 2016: Hall 9.0

Over the decades since its launch, the FORM – Design from Crafts and Industry – competition has developed into one of Germany’s most coveted design awards. It is held in high regard by both manufacturers and buyers. In a special exhibition in Hall 9.0 at Tendence, we will show the judged products. The attractive FORM exhibition gives trade buyers and the press the chance to find out about new products.  Well-known exhibitors and companies that are taking part in the fair for the first time. The judging criteria for inclusion in the exhibition are innovative design solutions, an appropriate choice of materials and processing methods.  And also, in the case of consumer goods, functional handling.

Visit the website for directions and further information:

download press release pepavana 


next stops will be at the Trademart in Utrecht on 11-12-13 September and 25-26-26 November at Meesterlijk Amsterdam Westergasfabriek.

NEW DATE: 10-14 February 2017 at Ambiënte Frankfurt am Main

Hall 9.2 in the Talents area


Special edition Bannerbags for ladies who like to shop and watch photographs. In coöperation with the Nederlands Fotomuseum Pepavana designed a limited edition Bannerbags. The bags are exclusively for sale at the museum (web) shop for a special price. Read all about it here!

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dark brown Jane gaiter
bannerbag-pepavana-lava and black
bannerbag-pepavana-green nature

Pepavana presents Monica, Jane & Edie at Masterly The Dutch in Milano

Pepavana è Pepa van Asperen, una designer con sede a Rotterdam che dispone di una collezione di accessori fatti a mano  duraturi e innovativi.  La creatrice dà un significato nuovo agli articoli classici provenienti dal propio contesto e ambiente culturale (figlia di un barcaiolo) rimodellando gli stessi in oggetti contemporanei. Pepavano ha trasformato articoli vecchio stile come le ghette in accessori provocatori ed esclusivi per i tacchi alti: le Pepavanas.


“Jane, Monica & Edie” rappresenta i modelli esposti, chi prendono il nome dalle icone femminili che avrebbero potuto indossare le Pepavanavas nella loro epoca, create al 100% in feltro di lana naturale (miscugli di biondo, marrone e nero), e ‘’Jane-in-colours”

Accanto a 3 borse. Nelle sue creazioni Pepavana genera tensione esplorando i confini della comodità e funzionalità, come nel caso dello O-bag, una borsa di carattere. La MSB trova la sua origine in una piccola borsa di tessuto, usata comunemente in famiglia quando si andava a prendere il pane. La ”Mini Shopper Bag” è minimalista ed elegante come il nuovo design di sacchi per scarpe.


Masterly è una mostra interdisciplinare del design, dell’arte, dell’artigianato, della moda e della fotografia olandese nel cuore del quartiere delle 5 Vie

12 — 17 Aprile 2016 | Palazzo Francesco Turati | Via Meravigli 7, Milan,

Pepavana è situata al piano terra intorno al cortile

Aperta tutti i giorni, dalle 11 alle 20

12 aprile alle 17.30, 13 aprile alle 22.00 (5VIE, Anteprima stampa lunedì 11 aprile dalle 17 alle 19, Inaugurazione (su invito), martedì 12 aprile dalle 18 alle 21


Pepavana | Pepa van Asperen | Maaskade 140a 3071 NM Rotterdam The Netherlands | +31(0)641637798 |

For the English version visit Dutch Design Press Desk

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the Italian assistant
back home

photo taken by Patricia Börger, model Binta wearing ‘Edie’ and ‘O-bag’

Our temporary Showroom at location Sleephellingstraat is closed since a new happy owner bought the apartment. From January 2016 you can visit us at our new address. Studio and showroom are merged at Lokaal 06. Our new address is Prins Hendriklaan 10  Rotterdam. We are planning a little welcome party in the Spring this year so keep an eye on your mailbox for a personal invite.


the wool felt Original is knee high and comes in different calf sizes. Fitting instructions inside the box.

‘Jane in Colors’ will be presented at Meesterlijk Design en Ambacht 25-27th of November 2015. Try & Buy and made to measure on the spot.

They will be available in fire red, ink blue, and all the natural wool felt blends. Or choose a color from the samples to match with your outfit. I am looking forward to meeting you there.

All models are available at our webshop!

red Jane running
red Jane gaiters
blue Jane
baby blue Jane

A number of hats, bags and Pepavanas of the everlasting collection will be for sale at Showroom Sleephellingstraat. The Showroom will be open for visitors every Friday afternoon. A great opportunity to see and feel the Pepavana Collection, to fit and buy on the spot or order a made to measure pair of Pepavanas, the accessory for high heels!

Interested? Pepa is happy to advise you.

Location: Sleephellingstraat 1b 3071 NM Rotterdam

Open: Every Friday from 12.00 to 19.00 hour

Notice Pepa at 0031(0)6 41637798 or email info[ad] that you are coming!